See these world-famous people live in Southwestern Michigan! 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity. See five of the world’s most influential, courageous and creative news-makers — not just on the Internet or television — but in-person at The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan. 

Grand Upton Hall memberships are still available. Register now.

Upton Hall Membership: With this membership you have the privilege to see this season’s remaining speakers live in the Grand Upton Hall. This is an excellent venue to meet and talk with friends and community leaders. Most of our guest speakers are willing to answer your questions after their talks and many are open to signing autographs. You’ll find the interaction and engagement with our renowned speakers very rewarding.

As a member, you may choose to have dinner or attend the presentation without having dinner. Prior to each presentation you will request either a Dinner or Speaker-Only ticket. With a Dinner ticket you will get a full meal served by a wait staff at tables set up in a portion of the hall. A Speaker-Only ticket gives you a seat in chairs arranged theater-style in the other portion. A cash bar is available to all attendees up until dinner is served.

Annual Membership: $195

Dinner Ticket: $23 per presentation. You may order up until noon, four business days before the presentation date.

Speaker-Only Ticket: no additional charge. You may order your ticket up until the time of the presentation

For complete membership privileges and policies, click here.

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New! Individual Speaker Tickets On Sale Now.

This season, the general public can buy tickets through the Box Office to each of the speaker presentations.  Members are also welcome to purchase individual tickets to bring guests. There are a limited number of tickets for both our Upton Hall and Mainstage Theatre venues, so please order in advance. Ticket sales for each speaker close at noon four business days before the presentation.

General Ticket Sales end May 14, 2017.

Upton Hall Dinner Ticket: $88 

Upton Hall Speaker-Only Ticket: $65 

Mainstage Theatre Ticket: $50 


Presentation location and directions

Upton Hall and Mainstage Theatre presentaions are held at The Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI (I-94, Exit 30).

For directions, click here.


Three easy ways to join and order tickets

Call the Box Office at 269-927-8700. It is open Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Online. To join The Club, click on the Purchase Membership button. To place your presentation ticket order, click below on your favorite speaker’s photo. This 24/7 service includes a convenience fee.

In person. Come to the Box Office located on the south side of The Mendel Center, Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, cash and checks made out to Lake Michigan College.

You may choose to get your tickets by email, mobile, at the will call window or by mail.

Have ordering questions? Contact The Mendel Center Box Office at 269-927-8700 or


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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.  




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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.”

October 18

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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.”

November 14

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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.”

March 22

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Michio Kaku

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World-Renowned Physicist, Futurist and Best-Selling Author

"The Future of the Mind."

April 20

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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.”

June 11