Chamber hosts Diversity and Inclusion Forum


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How do West Michigan businesses set practical standards for attracting and retaining diverse talent?

This question is at the heart of an upcoming Diversity and Inclusion Forum hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, Nov. 21, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2500 South Division Ave., Grand Rapids. Tickets for the event are $50 for members and $65 for nonmembers.

The half-day forum will feature keynote speakers Susan Medina, partner and diversity practice leader at Chicago-based Battalia Winston, an executive search firm, and Peter Gomez, partner and executive search consultant at Battalia Winston. There also will be coaching tips on creating an inclusive business culture during a cultural intelligence workshop hosted by Alan Headbloom, principal at Headbloom Cross-Cultural Communication in Grand Rapids.

The event will also feature a community panel consisting of Cheryl Kern, Amway’s principal of global diversity and inclusion; Jonse Young, philanthropic service directory at Grand Rapids Community Foundation; and Joy Fossel of grab LAW, an initiative to match minority and female attorney with law careers in West Michigan. The panel will discuss practices and innovations for attracting and retaining diverse talent.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that the winners of tomorrow’s economy will be the organizations that have cultivated diversity within their ranks,” the event’s page reads.

More information about the event is available here, and registration can be completed here.

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