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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

• Two WNJ Attorneys Recognized Among Michigan’s Most Influential and Successful Business Women

The West Michigan Chapter of Inforum has recognized Candace Dugan and Sue Conway as two of Michigan’s most influential and successful business women.  Sue and Candace were among an exceptional group of business women to receive Inforum’s Inner Circle Award at dinners held in February and April.  For a list of all the Inner Circle Award recipients, click here.

Inforum is one of the largest and most prestigious business forums for women in the nation, with more than 1,800 members from a broad cross-section of Michigan’s business community. The mission of the organization is to strengthen the business environment by creating opportunities for women to lead and succeed. Founded as the Women’s Economic Club in 1962 in Detroit, Inforum has affiliates in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan.

Melissa Collar was one of the presenters at the April awards dinner.  Her remarks summarized the importance of Warner’s involvement with Inforum:

“Warner Norcross & Judd has been a Platinum sponsor of Inforum since 2005 when it was founded in West Michigan. We believed at that time there was a need for this type of professional networking organization here, and we continue to believe in the value that Inforum provides for all women.

“Warner is a firm believer in the power of networks and mentoring programs. Internally, we offer the Warner Women’s Network, which is open to every female attorney at the firm and contains a strong mentoring component. The goal is to ensure women will meet others from outside their practice group with whom they wouldn’t normally have much interaction.

“So it should be no surprise that more than 30 Warner attorneys and staff are members of Inforum. The ideals of our firm and this organization are perfectly aligned, and we are proud to be not only a founding member but a continued supporter of Inforum.”

At Inforum’s annual meeting in Detroit on May 15, Sue Conway will be installed as a member of the state-wide Inforum Board of Directors.  Melissa Collar has also served on the state board.  Doug Wagner serves on the West Michigan Chapter Honorary Committee.  In addition to being a platinum sponsor of Inforum, Warner joined Deloitte and Huntington Bank as the major sponsors of the West Michigan Innner Circle Awards.  The West Michigan Business Review was the media sponsor.

• 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.