The Right Place hires senior VP of talent and diversity

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TaRita Johnson. Courtesy The Right Place

As part of its ongoing senior leadership reorganization, a local economic development agency hired a senior vice president of talent and diversity.

The Right Place, which is based in Grand Rapids and serves seven West Michigan counties, said Wednesday, April 13, it hired TaRita Johnson for the new role.

The Right Place concentrates on three strategic pillars: people, place and prosperity. Johnson was hired to lead the people pillar, with a focus on talent in the greater Grand Rapids region. She currently is working on a strategy to help businesses and individuals in the region reach their full potential in the talent space.

In addition to creating a strategic plan for talent in the region, Johnson is hosting “talent office hours” in person and virtually. She is available to talk through workforce trends and talent strategies from 9-11 a.m. Fridays. Those interested in meeting with her can book a 30-minute time slot here.

“Now, more than ever, talent, equity and inclusion are critical to having a successful business and a thriving economy,” Johnson said. “In this role, I want to make sure I can provide concrete steps and advice to help everyone in our community with these struggles.”

Randy Thelen, president and CEO of The Right Place, said Johnson brings a wide variety of experience in the talent arena.

“She has a true passion for making a positive impact on the lives of everyone in the greater Grand Rapids region through her work, as well as creating an equitable economy for all,” Thelen said. “We’re incredibly lucky to have her on our team.”

Prior to joining The Right Place, Johnson served as director of the Career Center at Calvin University. She oversaw the center’s career coaching, employer relations, and event and marketing analytics and assessment. She was responsible for cross-divisionally creating and launching a career and life skills program called Calvin LifeWork.

Before that, she was talent acquisition manager at Meijer, vice president of college and university relations at KeyBank, adjunct social work professor at Calvin, assistant director of admissions at Baldwin Wallace University, enrollment management officer at Pennsylvania State University, psychiatric specialty counselor at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and program specialist for TRIO’s Educational Talent Search Program at Savannah State University.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social work from Miami University and a master’s degree of social work from University of Michigan. She is in the higher education doctoral program at Azusa Pacific University and is working on her dissertation, “Cultural Competence in Executive Women Leadership.”

She holds certifications in cultural intelligence and unconscious bias from the Cultural Intelligence Center, as well as DDI Targeted Selection Interviewing System and Korn Ferry Leadership Architect certifications.

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