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• PRFC Summit, March 27: Calling All to a New Era in Responsibility


Partners for a Racism-Free Community (“PRFC”) will be holding its annual Forum on Friday, March 27.  The theme for this year’s event is “Calling All to a New Era in Responsibility.”  The Forum is a major event focused on building a more inclusive community.  At this year’s Forum, we will hear a report about the PRFC’s new Standards and Creditialing program.  Warner Norcross & Judd LLP was one of the organizations selected in 2008 to pilot the new program. 

The Forum will be held at New Hope Baptist Church (130 Delaware St SW, Grand Rapids, MI) on Friday, March 27.   The program, including breakfast, will begin at 8:00 a.m. and run until to 10:30 a.m.   Registration and networking over coffee begins at 7:15 a.m.

Warner Norcross has been a strong supporter of the Summit on Racism and Partners for a Racism-Free Community for many years.  It is important that we have a strong showing at this year’s forum.  If you would like to attend, please contact Rodney Martin and he will get you registered.

• 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

• 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.

• ¡Café Con Leche! ¡Hasta Mañana!

Café Con LecheWe have scheduled another ¡Café Con Leche! for Tuesday, January 22 at 3:00 p.m..  We will meet in the 7th Floor Conference Room, where we can use the video conferencing equipment to include people from other offices who wish to join us.

We will make 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays a regularly scheduled coffee break for ¡Café Con Leche!

• 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.