Join Grand Rapids Business Journal on March 10, 2022, at GLC Live at 20 Monroe to celebrate the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan! This event is a salute to 50 of the region’s most influential women business owners, leaders, policy-shapers, and decision-makers. The 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan is an inspiring luncheon awards event. This is the crown jewel of business events in West Michigan.


11:00 a.m. – Registration and networking
11:55 a.m. – Welcome & Lunch
12:35 p.m. – Keynote Address
1:10 p.m. – Honoree Salute
1:30 p.m. – Close

Keynote Speaker

Eileen Pollack was one of the first two women to graduate from Yale University with a BS in physics; she later earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of the novels The Professor of Immortality, The Bible of Dirty Jokes, A Perfect Life, and Breaking and Entering, which was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, as well as two collections of short fiction, The Rabbi in the Attic and In the Mouth, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award.

Eileen’s work of creative nonfiction Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull was recently made into a movie starring Jessica Chastain. Her investigative memoir The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club was published by Beacon Press in 2015; a long excerpt appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine and went viral, after which she spent five years touring the United States and South Korea, working to advance the opportunities for women and people of color in STEM fields.

Her work has been selected for Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Best American Travel Writing. Eileen’s latest book, an essay collection titled Maybe It’s Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman, was published in January 2022 by Delphinium Books and received starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.

A former director of the MFA Program at the University of Michigan, she is now a professor emerita and lives and writes in Boston.

Health Guidelines

This event will cooperate with all state and CDC recommended health guidelines. Masks and proof of vaccination are not required for this event.


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