The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) was formed in 1934 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. The DEC continues to provide a platform for distinguished international dignitaries and business leaders, who represent the changing global environment. It is known internationally as an important venue for prominent business and government leaders – a forum they can use to explore issues that will help shape the dynamic 21st century economic environment.
The DEC is proud to have hosted every U.S. President since Richard Nixon. Our speakers are CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, U.S. Cabinet members, and other senior state and national government officials. Major announcements are often first delivered at our podium.
Dear Detroit Economic Club Members and Guests:
For over 80 years, the Detroit Economic Club has been a platform for the discussion and debate of the day’s important business, government and social issues. We are proud to be recognized today as one of the top speaking forums in the world!
With an exceptional lineup of high profile speakers and tremendous networking opportunities, the Detroit Economic Club remains a vital Detroit institution that is making a positive difference in our region and around the world.
We pride ourselves on inclusion and encourage you to join the club today!
President & CEO
DEC Speaker Timeline
Scroll through some notable speakers over the years
Eddie Von Rickenbacker
October 8, 1945
Problems and Opportunities of Today and Tomorrow
Cecil B. DeMille
April 19, 1948
April 14, 1957
Should We Pay More for the Education of Our Children?
November 3, 1958
While Rome Burns
William (Billy) F. Graham
September 17, 1968
Which Way America?
U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy
April 8, 1969
New Fiscal Priorities for America: The Surcharge, Tax Reform and Military Spending
March 2, 1970
Rebel or Die: The Call for Revolution
President Richard M. Nixon
September 23, 1971
Coretta Scott King
September 29, 1980
Major Challenges for the Eighties: Eliminating Poverty, Racism, and Violence
President Jimmy Carter
October 10, 1984
April 28, 1997
Technology: The Great Enabler - Its Influence on Society, Business and Communities