Chamber names Diversity Visionary


Diana Sieger.

A local foundation’s work to inspire diversity in Grand Rapids is getting a moment to shine.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce said the winner of its 2014 Diversity Visionary Award is the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

The foundation will receive the award at the chamber’s annual Diversity Visionary Award Celebration, which will be March 19 at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, from 5:30-8 p.m.

The event will also honor two other finalists for the award for their efforts: Davenport University and Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids.

The award was created in 2003 as a way for the chamber to recognize individuals and groups for advancing diversity, equality and inclusion in the community or within their own organization.

“The Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been a true leader in fostering a more welcoming, inclusive and equitable community,” said GRACC President and CEO Rick Baker. “We are pleased to honor the organization for their sustained efforts at the board and staff levels, as well as their successful track record in making an impact on the behaviors, policies and strategies in the region.”

Grand Rapids Community Foundation President Diana Sieger said the organizaiton is honored to receive the award and that work to make the community more diverse isn't over.

“We are all deeply committed to embracing and celebrating all aspects of diversity,” Sieger said. “Our board of trustees and staff are appreciative of this award, which is the pinnacle in our community.

“There is a great deal more work to be done, and with all of us banding together, Grand Rapids will continue to be the best community.”

Tickets for the diversity event are $60 per person, with corporate tables available.

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