GRAM names Women Connect honorees


Stephanie Naito.

Six “outstanding” female leaders will be honored next week in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum said yesterday that it will honor the group of women next Tuesday at the invitation-only Women Connect 2015.

The women are new to West Michigan or have recently returned to the region. GRAM said the event welcomes the “very special” women into the community during a special networking and recognition event.

Women Connect is a partnership between GRAM, Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, or GROW, and Varnum.

The partnership has turned into an “intentional event” to support professional retention and “opportunities for inclusion and access to the leadership table.”

The event will be at the GRAM from 5:30-8 p.m.

To request invitation, people should contact the GRAM’s advancement coordinator, Grace Schlafly, at gschlafly at artmuseumgr dot org.

Women Connect 2015 honorees

Alicia Cieslak: general counsel, Gordon Food Service

Cassandra Hayes: executive communications and corporate affairs manager, Amway

Michelle Jones: director of technology and information management, Varnum

Stephanie Naito: VP of talent management, Meijer

Judy Torres: graduate mechanical engineer, Progressive AE

Shana Welch: regional director of talent acquisition, Mercy Health

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