A legacy of  bringing some of the world’s most sought-after speakers to our region since 1943

Our mission: To conduct meetings and provide speakers for the purpose of aiding in the creation and expression of enlightened public opinion on the important economic and social questions of the day … but without endorsement of a particular cause.

New members welcome

You won’t find this caliber of thought-provoking, world-renowned speakers at any other venue in our region. Just as importantly, it’s your opportunity to network and exchange ideas with some of the most influential men and women from our communities. As a new member, you’ll enjoy:

  • Four or more presentations in our annual series that begins in the fall and ends in the spring.
  • Two membership choices: Upton Hall or Mainstage. Read more about each below.
  • Guaranteed seating at each presentation at the lowest ticket prices.
  • Convenient location: Both venues are at The Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI (I-94, Exit 30).

Watch for details later this summer regarding memberships and tickets for the 2017-18 season of The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan Speakers Series.

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Mitt Romney

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Former Presidential Candidate, Governor and Business Leader

“The Future of America/The Politics of Today.”

Tuesday
October 18
2016

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Dana Perino

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Co-Host of Fox’s “The Five” and Former White House Press Secretary

“Politics Right Now.”

Monday
November 14
2016

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Capt. Scott Kelly

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History-Making NASA Astronaut and Retired U.S. Navy Captain

“The Sky Is Not the Limit: Lessons from a Year in Space.”

Wednesday
March 22
2017

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Michio Kaku

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World-Renowned Physicist, Futurist and Best-Selling Author

"The Future of the Mind."

Thursday
April 20
2017

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Anderson Cooper

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Broadcast Journalist and Anchor of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360°”

“360o Look at World Events.”

Sunday
June 11
2017