Archive for the ‘Newcomers’ Category.

• BL²END Featured in Local News Stories

BL²ENDBL²END (Business Leaders Linked  to Encourage New Directions) is a great organization in West Michigan that helps young professionals of color get networked into the community and grow professionally.  BL²END has recently been featured in stories by two news outlets.  Today’s Grand Rapids Press has an article about a BL²END professional development event held earlier this week. Click Here.  While BL²END’s goal is to help young professionals of color, it welcomes everyone to participate in its events. 

In addition to the story in the Press, WZZM recently interviewed two of BL²END’s board members.  You can watch the inteview by clicking here.

To learn more about BL²END, visit its website at

• Celebration of Tet Video and Performance by Alice Kennedy

One Book, One FirmHere is a short video of excerpts from the Celebration of Tet that was the culminating event in our One Book, One Firm Program. The celebration featured a dramatic presentation by Alice Kennedy of Diversity Theatre and a discussion by Alice and Quan Mac Gerville-Reache of Vietnamese culture and traditions. 

For more information about Warner Norcross & Judd’s One Book, One Firm program, contact Rodney Martin.

• August 7 One Book, One Firm Celebration

One Book, One FirmPlease join us on August 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a special luncheon presentation in our One Book, One Firm program.  The luncheon will feature Alice Kennedy in a performance of three scenes from her play Inside the Model Minority.  In addition, the luncheon will feature a belated celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, with special food, presentations and activities.

The presentation will be broadcast over the Internet to participants in each of our offices, who will also get to enjoy the special food and activities.  It is not necessary to have read the One Book, One Firm selection to participate in this event.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Alice KennedyMany of you will remember that Alice Kennedy was a panelist at our May 30 discussion of this year’s One Book, One Firm selection, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner.  Ms. Kennedy is the founder of Diversity Theatre in Grand Rapids.  Her family immigrated to the United States following the fall of Saigon.  She was recently profiled in The Grand Rapids Press.  (Click here to read the profile.) 

The scenes Ms. Kennedy will perform from Inside the Model Minority bring to life the issues some funny, some poignant faced by Asian immigrants to the United States.  Portraying a Korean child adopted by a white American family, Ms. Kennedy will take us along on a quest in search of her identity.  She will portray a young Chinese American male, whose family has been in this country since the mid-1800s, and who struggles with bigotry and the question of what it means to be American.  And as a recent immigrant from Asia, she will bring to life the challenge of learning a new language and new customs.  

Please mark your calendars today and RSVP to Robin Keith as soon as possible.  We need a solid estimate of participation by Monday, July 28 so all the arrangements can be made for this event.

• Photos from the Grand Race Road Rally

The Public Museum has provided us with the photos it took during the Grand Race Road Rally on June 14.  I have put them into a photo slideshow for you here.

• Video from the Grand Rapids Race Rally 2008

On Saturday, June 14, eleven enthusiastic teams from the firm competed in the first-ever Grand Race Road Rally staged exclusively for Warner Norcross & Judd by the Public Museum of Grand Rapids.  Each team was issued passports with clues that guided the teams to seven different neighborhoods in Grand Rapids.  In each neighborhood, the teams had to complete a challenge to get their passports stamped. 

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