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Tips for Your Trip to Detroit

Hotel, Parking & Transportation Information

400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, Michigan 48243
  • Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
  • Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

Internet Access:

  • All Midwest ACE hotel guests will receive complimentary in-room internet during your stay. This is a savings of $12.95++/per day. Be sure to check your final statement at checkout to ensure you receive the discount.
  • Complimentary internet access will be available in all Midwest ACE meeting rooms at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Valet Parking is available at the Marriott hotel entrance:

  • 0-8 hours - $25.00
  • 8 + hours - $35.00

Self Parking is available at the following garages, please click here for additional information and a detailed map.

  • Beaubien Place Garage
  • Port Atwater Parking
  • Center Garage - Miller Parking

Transportation from The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (airport code - DTW):

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is 22.6 miles from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and approximately 25 minutes away.

Transportation Options: 

  • Skoot Shuttle - $23.00 one way/ $43.00 round-trip
  • Estimated Taxi Fare - $52.00 one way
  • Estimated Uber X Fare - $30.00 one way


Visit the registration desk located at the Ambassador Foyer (3rd floor) of the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center to pick up your name badge, program and other conference materials.

Registration hours are:

  • Mon., July 24: 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tues., July 25: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wed., July 26: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In your name badge, you will find the following:

  • Two (2) drink tickets for the Monday Night Dinner and Entertainment
  • A number on the back of your name badge that will be your exhibitor speed networking group

Note: It is important that you wear your name badge to all Midwest ACE functions as it serves as your ticket of admission and is the best way to get to know other members and conference attendees.


Exhibitor Hall

Visit the exhibitor hall on Tuesday, July 25 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Ambassador Ballroom (3rd floor) to network with exhibitors. 

Exhibitor Special Events:

  • Exhibitor Introductions - Learn more about our exhibitor companies
  • Speed Networking with Exhibitors - Hear about the products/services our exhibitors have to offer

Play the Exhibitor Passport Game and be eligible to win a $250 Amazon Gift Card:

At the registration desk pick up your exhibitor passport, then during the exhibitor networking breaks grab a coffee, take a snack and play. Visit and network with this year's exhibitors and collect stamps for your passport. Completed passports can be turned in at the registration desk for a chance to win big, an Amazon $250 gift card

  • Networking Snack Break with Exhibitors & Raffle -2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Networking Snack Break with Exhibitors & Raffle - 3:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.


Conference Schedule

Click here to view the onsite program. View the breakout sessions you're interested in attending, learn more about our keynote speakers and plan your entertainment night out!

Professional Exchange Site Visits

If you signed up to participate in an employer site visit on Monday, July 24, meet your colleagues in the Ambassador Foyer of the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center at 11:45 am. You will receive additional details in advance of the conference directly from your site visit leader.


Maximize Your Conference Experience

Expand the conference beyond Detroit by using #MWACE17 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, and/or LinkedIn... “Hey colleagues; I’m networking, learning, and developing at the Midwest ACE Annual Conference, see you there! #MWACE17”

Are you a new member or a first time conference attendee? Check out how to maximize your conference experience. View the presentation.


Check Out Who's Registered!

Click here to view the conference attendee list.


Entertainment & Around Town Dinners

Monday Night - Midwest Dueling Pianos

Networking doesn't just happen during the day at Midwest ACE.
The evening of Monday, July 24 attendees will enjoy a group dinner, opening keynote presentation, "Phoenix Yourself: Reversing Disruption" presented by Thaddeus Rex and entertainment. This year's entertainment will feature the wildly entertaining music and comedy dueling piano show, Midwest Dueling Pianos. Join your colleagues in singing, cheering, dancing and laughing into the evening.

Tuesday Night - Dinner & Baseball
After a full day of educational sessions on Tuesday, July 25, connect with new and old friends at the "Around Town Dinners"! Around Town Dinners are scheduled from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at popular restaurants in Detroit. Restaurant sign-up will be available at the Midwest ACE registration desk all day Monday and on Tuesday morning, space for each restaurant will be filled on a first to sign-up basis.  Participants will meet in the hotel lobby and walk to dinner as a group.  Find out more about the Around Town Dinners by clicking here

Immediately after dinner
join your colleagues for some extended networking and fun at the Detroit Tigers baseball game. The Tigers will be playing the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park and Midwest ACE has reserved a block of seats for the game. Questions? Contact Corey Watt.



Be sure to attend the exhibitor networking breaks on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and the brunch on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. to be entered into the drawing for raffle prizes including a Midwest ACE 2018 Annual Conference registration. Participate in the exhibitor passport game to be eligible to win a $250 Amazon gift card.


Keynote Speakers

Thaddeus Rex
Thaddeus Rex, Inc.

Opening Keynote: Phoenix Yourself: Reversing Disruption

We live in a world where industries collapse overnight, Kodak, Blockbuster, MySpace and more... Whether your company, your career, or your certification, the assets we're so confidently using today could be useless tomorrow.

And yet you will keep going. And your direction is directed by you. What if you had a strategy for finding new opportunities, inside even the strongest upheavals? What if you could rely on a process for reversing disruption, even in chaotic times?

You'll learn the tools for reinventing your business and refreshing your career. A forest must burn down to allow for new growth. Chaos creates opportunity. It starts with you, your brand, and all that Charisma resting below the surface, just waiting to go...

Mary Scott
Scott Resource Group

Research Keynote: 2017 Workplace Expectations v. Reality: Students & Recent Hires Weigh In

Midwest ACE is proud to present the findings of the annual research project in partnership with Mary Scott, president of Scott Resource Group and a nationally recognized content expert. This collaboration provides unique data as colleges and employers work together to paint a more robust picture of the entire recruiting process.


Pete Smith

Closing Keynote: It Matters That They Matter

More attention, time and money are being directed toward elevating employee engagement in organizations throughout the world. Yet statistic after statistic reveals a small number of employees actually report being engaged at work. Perhaps it’s because we’re asking the wrong questions. Perhaps it’s because we’re too focused on professional engagement at the expense of personal endeavor. Perhaps the issue of being disconnected goes beyond the scope of the professional boundaries. The key to becoming fully engaged lies in the three key concepts discussed during this presentation. You’re about to understand engagement from a totally different lens, one that looks at engagement through the eyes of a stroke survivor.


Morning Energizers - Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26

Start your day – the right way -  with a morning run/walk! The Entertainment Committee will guide the group on an energizing 50 minute walk or run on Tuesday, July 25 and Wednesday, July 26. We will network, see some city landmarks, and begin our conference day feeling like we have already accomplished something. Please wear comfortable walking or running clothes and meet in the lobby at 6:15 a.m.


Luncheon Awards Presentation - Tuesday, July 25

On Tuesday, July 25, join your fellow conference attendees at the luncheon to honor our winners for the J.W. Paquette Superior Leadership Award, Founders Distinguished Service Award and the President's Award.


J.W. Paquette Superior Leadership Award
Instituted in 1991, this award recognizes active members who have made a consistent and significant leadership contribution to Midwest ACE.


Founders Distinguished Service Award
In honor of the six founders of Midwest ACE, this special recognition award will be given to active members of the Association who have made a truly distinguished contribution to the Association and the profession over an entire career.


President's Award
Awarded by the Midwest ACE Immediate Past President.


Click here to view more information about Midwest ACE Awards & Honors.


Network with our Exhibitors

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with Annual Conference exhibitors on Tuesday, July 25 to learn more about their products and services!

Am I Job Ready - by PAN
CareerEco Virtual Events
CareerSpots Videos
StandOut, by CollegeNET
Digital Revolutions
The Fairs App
Educational Housing Services: EHS
VMock, Inc.
 Equifax Inc.


Weather Forecast and Annual Conference Attire

View the 10-day forecast for Detroit, Michigan.

Midwest ACE Sessions/Social Events: Business casual is suitable for all conference activities (Men: khaki pants, slacks, and collared shirts. Women: Slacks, capris, skirts, blouses, and knit tops). It is recommended to bring a light sweater as meetings rooms can get chilly.


Local Area Information & Attractions

Did you know that Detroit has tons of attractions including museums, tours, live music and more?

Explore all that Detroit has to offer during the Midwest ACE Annual Conference!

Visit Detroit to help plan your fun!


Thank You Midwest ACE Partners and Conference Partners!

Director's Club Partners:



  Patron's Club Partners:


Research Partner:


2017 Annual Conference Partners:





Midwest ACE Annual Conference App

Stay tuned this week for an email on downloading the Midwest ACE Annual Conference app and its many features.


Survey Evaluation

All conference evaluations will be sent electronically. Please check your inbox following the Midwest ACE Annual Conference to complete the evaluation. Your comments and suggestions are valuable to Midwest ACE in planning future conferences and professional development opportunities.



We hope you're excited for all the fun, networking, and professional development that will take place during the conference. See you next week in Detroit!

If you have any questions or need additional information, call Midwest ACE Headquarters at (410) 931-8100 or email



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