Archive for the ‘Generational Issues’ Category.

• Event to Discuss Issues Facing Young Professionals in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Young Professionals      Business Leaders Linked for New Directions     Center for Community Leadership 


The Grand Rapids Young Professionals, BL²END, and the Center for Community Leadership (formerly known as “Leadership Grand Rapids”) have come together to host an interactive event that will explore the issues and concerns that matter most to young professionals in our community.  Here is the information about the event from their announcement: 

Do you have ideas and suggestions related to entertainment options, and living and working in Grand Rapids? Do you wonder what it will take to retain young talent in the area? Are you concerned about issues around diversity? Do you want your voice to be heard, and your input utilized in future city planning? Do you want a seat at the table? If you answered yes, then this is the event for you! This event will allow us to raise our voices and be heard by key community leaders.   This opportunity to engage our city’s leadership and decision-makers is priceless.  

Eva Aguirre Cooper will moderate a panel discussion and open forum featuring Mayor George Heartwell, Commissioner Elias Lumpkins, Mike Freed of Spectrum Health, Planning Director Suzanne Schulz and other community leaders, about the concerns most important to young professionals in Grand Rapids. Much of the discussion will be based on the voices of attendants. Don’t let your voice go unheard!  

You are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel on Ann Street. The cost is $15 per person, and cash or check will be accepted at the event. A cash bar and complimentary appetizers will be provided.  Space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  

To participate, you must register by Monday, November 17.  You can register by clicking here.   

• Amy Dickinson to Speak at GRCC Diversity Lecture Series

Amy DickinsonAmy Dickinson will be speaking on “Aging in the 21st Century” at the Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain NE, in Grand Rapids.   Dickinson’s “Ask Amy” column in the Chicago Tribune is syndicated in over 200 newspapers nationwide. She is a regular panelist on Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, carried on 400 NPR stations, and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Dickenson’s work focuses on family life and parenting, often drawing from her experiences as a single parent and member of a large extended family. Dickinson is a distant relative of Emily Dickinson; her family has lived in her hometown of Finger Lakes, New York continuously since the revolutionary war. “Life in my hometown was like growing up in Lake Wobegon, only with worse weather and high unemployment.” She continues, “My great grandfather was warden of Sing Sing prison and my great uncle ran off to Europe and joined the circus when he was 40.”

Warner Norcross & Judd is proud to be a continuing sponsor of the Diversity Lectures Series, which is  hosted by the Bob and Aleicia Diversity Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College.  As a sponsor, we have several tickets to attend a reception for Ms. Dickinson prior to the lecture.  If you would like to attend, contact Rodney Martin.