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Rodney Martin Appointed to Inforum DiversityNEXT Steering Committee

Martin - smallRodney Martin, the Diversity Partner with the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, has been appointed to Inforum’s DiversityNEXT Steering Committee.

Martin will serve a two-year term on the committee, which is dedicated to building inclusive work environments by serving as a resource to Michigan companies. Not only does DiversityNEXT provide access to industry leaders, it works to share best practices and research to advance gender diversity and overall inclusion initiatives.

Inforum is the leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Female partners of Warner Norcross were among the founding members of Inforum’s West Michigan region and continue to serve in leadership roles with the organization.

Martin concentrates his practice on financial institutions, with an emphasis on bank regulatory issues, fair lending, financial privacy and related matters. He chairs the firm’s Financial Services Practice Group.

Martin serves on the Inclusion Advisory Council of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and on the advisory board of BL2END. He co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee of the State Bar of Michigan.

He serves as facilitator for the Managing Partners Diversity Collaborative, which is an initiative of the Grand Rapids Bar Association, or GRBA. GRBA gave Martin its 2012 President’s Award in recognition of his special contributions in service to the board of trustees, executive committee and executive director. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and as a Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Martin is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan and Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Join Us at Inforum’s BoardAccess™ Briefing: How Boards Work

On Wednesday, February 27, Diversity Partner Rodney Martin will moderate a discussion with Maureen Noe, President and CEO, Heart of West Michigan United Way, and Mary Tuuk, President of Fifth Third Bank, Western Michigan, who will share their personal stories and insights on corporate board effectiveness. The program is part of Inforum’s BoardAccessTM initiative. For more information, visit Inforum’s website by clicking here.

Here is an interesting infographic from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School on women at work.

Women at Work Infographic Via MBA@UNC
Via MBA@UNC: Top MBA Online & Women 2.0

Kennedy Management Resources, Minority Business of the Year

Alice Kennedy accepting the Minority Business of the Year Award

Alice Kennedy accepting the Minority Business of the Year Award

Congratulations to Alice Kennedy and Kennedy Management Resources, Inc., on being named the 2009 Minority Business of the Year by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.  Alice founded Kennedy Management Resources in 1997 to provide human resource services to small and medium businesses that do no have an HR department.  As an outgrowth of that work, Alice established Diversity Theater, which now has twelve actors who provide engaging and entertaining diversity training to companies throughout West Michigan, Detroit and Chicago. 

Alice is one of the founders and original leaders of the Multiracial Association of Professionals and still is a member of the MAP Council.  We at Warner have benefitted from her insights and her thought-provoking performances.

 Also recognized by the Chamber this year is Floriza Genautis, of Management Business Solutions as Minority Entrepreneur of the Year and Erhardt Construction, Inc., as Minority Business Advocate of the Year.  Congratulations to all three companies for their extraordinary accomplishments.

• Asian Film Festival in Grand Rapids

The West Michigan Asian Film Festival gets underway on Sunday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. with a showing of the film Imelda, winner of the 2004 Sundance Award.  For the first time, Marcos tells her own story on film: how she rose from humble origins to become one of the richest and most powerful women in contemporary world history.  

The West Michigan Asian Film Festival is sponsored by the Asian Health Outreach Foundation. The showing will occur at Celebrations Cinema at Knapp’s Corners in Grand Rapids.  For more information, contact Albert Yu Chang.

• MAP Offers Golf Programs for Women

The Multiracial Association of Professionals (“MAP”) offers a comprehensive golf program for women that provides instruction, etiquette, league play, and professional networking.  Here is how MAP describes the program:

“Get in the Game is designed for women – who love to golf – who want to golf better – who have never golfed before.

“Get in the Game is for any woman who has turned down an opportunity to participate in a golf outing because she was uncomfortable on the golf course, or missed a business opportunity taking place on the links. Get in the Game is a program designed for any woman that wants to do something for herself, raise her self-esteem, become more active, and learn one of the greatest games and universal business tool – GOLF.”

There are five different offerings in the program:

Front 9  (golf lessons)

The Front 9 provides women a non-threatening environment to learn the swing mechanics of golf. Each session will provide four 50-minute lessons that cover full swing and short game fundamentals. With a 6 to 1 teaching ratio, students are ensured individual attention.  

Spring Training Package

Get back into the swing of things with this Spring Training Package designed for returning golfers. Workout those early spring swing mechanics with a 50-minute lesson in full swing, a 50-minute short game lesson, video feedback swing analysis, and 90 practice range balls.   

Making the Turn (golf etiquette and rules)

Perhaps no other sport is governed by so many rules and required etiquette. Improve your performance by increasing your “on course” confidence and knowledge. During this two-hour clinic, you will be taught everything from PGA rules, to where not to drive a golf cart, to how to be a “ready” golfer. 

Mini – League (for beginner golfers)

The Mini-League: four holes, four weeks, 60-minute! Enjoy league play without performance pressure or a lengthy time commitment.  The Mini-League offers golfers four-hole play each week, for four consecutive weeks, and playtime is approximately 60 minutes. The Mini-league is a great opportunity for beginner golfers to enjoy league play!  

FORE! Golf League for Women

If you enjoy golf and networking, join Fore! A 12-week league designed for moderate to experienced female golfers. Played at the beautiful golf club, The Highlands, with convenient tee times! Golf partners are not needed to play in this league. To increase networking opportunities individuals will rotate to a different foursome each week. And for those that enjoy competition, individual handicaps and league standing will be available each week. Make  the time to enjoy the game of golf, join Fore! 

For more information about Get in the Game contact Sonya Hughes, VP of Diversity Initiatives at (616) 771-0321 or Latricia Trice, Diversity Program Coordinator at 616-771-0332.

 Get a registration form by visiting

• WNJ Sponsors Speaker on Women in the Auto Industry

Warner Norcross & Judd will be sponsoring a breakfast presentation by Amy Marentic, Large Car & Crossover Product Marketing & Planning Manager at Ford Motor Company, about her career in the auto industry and how women are making a difference.  Ms. Marentic will be addressing Inforum West Michigan at the Amway Grand Plaza on Friday, February 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  The breakfast is open to all.

Ms. Marentic is a West Michigan native.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a master’s degree in industrial and manufacturing engineering from the University of Michigan. She joined Ford in 1992, working in the aerodynamics department and several other areas of engineering before moving to the cycle plan office.

 To sign up for the breakfast, go to For additional information about Inforum, talk to Melissa Collar or Kathy Hanenburg.