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BL²END’s 5 Year Celebration Video

Here is the video that was produced for BL²END’s Five Year Celebration. It does a great job telling the history of the organization and showing the vision and passion that has made BL²END the tremendous organization that it is today. WARNING: This video may take a couple of minutes to load. But its worth the wait.

BL2END 5 Year Anniversary Video from Chuck Peterson on Vimeo.

Congratulations to BL²END on its Five Year Anniversary

The planning committee for BL²END's Five Year Celebration

Nearly 600 people joined together at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids to celebrate the five year anniversary of BL²END.  BL²END plays an important role as an outlet for young professionals of color to learn, network, grow and become engaged in the Grand Rapids community.  It is amazing what they have accomplished in 5 short years.  Five years ago, BL²END set out to make Grand Rapids a great place for young professionals of color to begin their career and they have made great strides in doing just that. Our community truly owes BL²END a debt of gratitude.

Warner Norcross & Judd was pleased to be the Leadership Partner for BL²END’s Five Year Celebration.  We congratulate BL²END on their great accomplishments to date and wish them the best of success in the future.

Warner also extends its congratulations to the three awards recipients last evening:

Thank you for your commitment, leadership and passion.

Warner Norcross & Judd to Serve as Leadership Partner for BL²END’s Five-Year Celebration

BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions) will be celebrating its fifth anniversary at a dinner on August 15.  The evening will celebrate BL²END’s passion, leadership and legacy. 

Warner Norcross is proud to serve as the Leadership Partner for the celebration.  As Leadership Partner, Warner Norcross is honored to introduce the keynote speaker for the evening, Ms. Ingrid Jacobs, who is  Whirlpool Corporation’s Manager of Diversity and Inclusion.

BL²END offers young professionals of color opportunities to learn, network, grow and become engaged in the Grand Rapids community. The organization’s membership meets monthly, engaging in professional development, networking and community service events. 

“BL²END is a remarkable organization,” says Warner Norcross Diversity Partner Rodney Martin, who serves on the BL²END.  “They play a very important role in helping connect young professionals of color to each other and to the business community. ”

For information about BL²END’s Five-Year Celebration, click here.

• 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

• BL²END To Hold September Networking Event

BLENDBL²END , an organization that works to to increase the engagement of young professionals of color and to retain them in the greater Grand Rapids community through social networking, professional development workshops and community service, is holding its September Social Networking BL²ENDer at in the Jameson Lounge at McFaddens Restaurant on September 24 at 6:00 p.m.  For more details, you can find the event flyer by clicking here.  If you plan to attend, RSVP to by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22.

BL²END is a wonderful organization with energetic leadership.  It was recently featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal (read it here).  You can learn more about BL²END by visiting its website at

• Details of January’s Networking “Blender”

BlendBusiness Leaders Linked to Encourage New DirectionsBL²END – has announced details of its Networking Blender on Thursday, January 17.    The Blender will be held at Churchills Bistro at 70 Ionia SW from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Details are available by clicking here.  RSVP to  by January 14.  For more information about BL²END, click here.