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Focusing on intentional disruption: How women and men can impact diversity in leadership

The 2020 Inforum Michigan Women’s Leadership Report finds that of the 77 public companies analyzed, 45 had zero named women executive officers. Women of color held only 2% of named executive officer positions, as well as 2% of executive officer roles, and board positions. To help change these statistics, there are steps that companies and women themselves can take but it requires on-going attention and intentionality.

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A night to remember: Gala 2020 flips the script on the traditional fundraiser

Gala 2020 succeeded at upending the traditional fundraiser structure, setting a new standard in Grand Rapids for a party with a cause. Raising money for a nonprofit and creating a space for equity and self-expression was at the heart of this first annual event.

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Hope professor taking Lakeshore jazz to the next level with new orchestra

Hope professor Jordan VanHemert is the force behind the Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra, which is bringing high-quality jazz performances and learning along the Lakeshore.

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Community asked to take part in survey for Holland/Zeeland strategic planning initiative

Future Search 2020 – a new strategic planning initiative for the Holland/Zeeland area — is asking residents to take an online survey by March 31. 

Feature Story Philanthropists Jim Brooks (left) and Dick Haworth received the Visionary Award from Lakeshore Advantage President Jennifer Owens.

Jim Brooks and Dick Haworth: Shared experience and vision nurture enduring friendship

The philanthropists share a 60-year friendship distinguished by a commitment to involvement in the greater Holland/Zeeland community.

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G-Sync: Multi-disciplinary artist Hugo Claudin reflects on how art transforms a community

Part of the charm of many of our modern cities is that within each are indicators of their overall health. One of those areas that we often survey is a city’s artists and the community their presence can enable to happen for the area residents. One such person is Hugo Claudin.

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Lawyers and doctors are teaming up to provide better health care – and legal aid – to Michiganders

Low-income residents' civil legal problems often receive inadequate or no legal help, and over a third of them are related to healthcare. Medical-legal partnerships are working to change that by integrating free, professional legal services directly into healthcare settings.

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RapidChat: Ellen Carpenter on breaking glass ceilings within a women-led industry

When Ellen Carpenter first left the corporate world for nonprofit, she was overwhelmingly struck by the diversity within the workforce. "Employees are demanding a workplace that is tolerant and progressive and one that addresses inequalities head-on," Ellen elaborates. Because unlike the corporate world, nonprofits are overwhelmingly led by women.

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GR-based nonprofit aims to fight hunger with Lakeshore expansion

A portion of the funds raised through the Feeding our Future Campaign for Allegan and Ottawa counties will go toward the purchase of land to create a second Kids' Food Basket farm.

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Expansion will give Kids’ Food Basket greater reach in Ottawa, Allegan counties

Kids’ Food Basket will soon have the capacity to reach more children in Ottawa and Allegan counties with a new Holland facility. 

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21 Lakeshore expansion projects create 1,000 jobs in 2019

Lakeshore companies collectively invested more than $127 million in 21 primarily expansion projects in 2019, creating more than 1,000 new jobs.

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RapidChat: Matthew Smith on grass-fed beef and the importance of listening to your customers

Matthew Smith and wife Cynthia Esch first opened Louise Earl Butcher with the vision of sourcing and selling the best naturally raised meats in West Michigan. Four years later, you can still find them working hard every day to teach the local hungry food shopper all about the slow food movement.  

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Creating a ripple effect: Social impact entrepreneurs focus on people, planet, and profits

First used in 1953, the term social entrepreneur refers to an individual who addresses social issues through a for-profit business enterprise. Two local businesses are seeking to create change, positively impact various stakeholders, and respond to greater societal concerns.

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How the state’s Going Pro funds boost workers’ skills and pay

In 2019, the Going PRO Talent Fund awarded $32 million in 898 grants that helped pay for training more than 25,000 workers. Those new skills contributed to an average annual wage increase of nearly $6,000.

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Lakeshore initiatives provide support and community for seniors aging in place

Older Americans are increasingly choosing to “age in place,” staying in their own homes and avoiding the move to a retirement home. Many senior programs now have the express goal of helping older adults stay in their homes longer.  

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Food Summit grows connections to support a just West Michigan food system


Linking early literacy and health: Lakeshore healthcare collaborative expands in Kent County


How will North End Lofts transform the Creston Neighborhood?


Local creatives leverage virtual reality tech to help curb violence in Grand Rapids communities


West Michigan Sports Commission’s on the go, on the grow


New MI law protects licensed professional counselors’ ability to diagnose and treat mental disorders


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Food Summit grows connections to support a just West Michigan food system


How will North End Lofts transform the Creston Neighborhood?


West Michigan Sports Commission’s on the go, on the grow


DGRI gives seven small businesses a boost


One hundred years in business. $100,000 for local charities.


Local toy store “The Gathering” place in GR


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Linking early literacy and health: Lakeshore healthcare collaborative expands in Kent County


Local creatives leverage virtual reality tech to help curb violence in Grand Rapids communities


New MI law protects licensed professional counselors’ ability to diagnose and treat mental disorders


“We’re calling it history”: GRCC proud to offer tuition-free education for Grand Rapids students


“I had questions": GRPS parent meetings are helping families navigate Michigan’s Read by Grade 3 Law


Accessing the arts: Museums for All isn’t just about access, it is also about the experience


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Taste of Soul Sunday 2020: Black History Month gets the local treatment

Sunday, Feb. 16, 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Grand Rapids Public Library (Main), 111 Library St NE
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WYCE's 21st Annual Jammie Awards - Fall in love all over again with our local music scene

Friday, Feb. 14, 5:30 - 11 p.m.
The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW
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The Grand Rapids Historical Society presents: A visual history of Bissell

Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE
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