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Speaker Series Features


11 ways to honor Black History Month in West Michigan

Learn about African American leaders who championed racial justice in Grand Rapids and partake in meaningful discussions regarding today's racism in West Michigan.

Kevin Stott, executive director of Talent 2025.

Join Rapid Growth and Public Sector Consultants for a talent-focused speaker series

Talent retention, recruitment and development are key to a healthy workforce. On October 29, Rapid Growth and Public Sector Consultants will bring together experts in these areas to discuss how Michigan can better diversify, grow and strengthen its labor pool. Read on for more details, and join us for the event at Wealthy Theatre.


UIX: Heidi Nagel is increasing KDL's exposure to older crowds

Why should kids at story time have all the fun? It's Heidi Nagel's mission to expose the Kent District Library to older crowds, and she's doing so quite well with the addition of KD Ale events at local libraries. UIX editor Matthew Russell finds out how the KDL is connecting curious patrons with like-minded communities at your local branch.


Jumping ship: Why some leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Rapid Growth's "Not Your Average Speaker Series" August 27th will focus on some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector (or vice versa). Check out the details inside.


Honest talk about being new in West Michigan

Rapid Growth's New in Town panelists shared the good, the bad, and the funny about being newcomers or boomerangs to West Michigan last week Thursday at the UICA. We compiled some of the best lines of the night via Twitter, so read on for a glimpse into this important and honest conversation.
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