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Inclusion & Community Leadership

The Chamber is an ally for your business as you welcome, connect, and engage a diverse and talented workforce.

We offer a variety of programs and services focused on intensive training, networking, and resources.


Community Awareness

Inside Grand Rapids 
Your fast track orientation to the community, Inside Grand Rapids provides newcomers and longtime residents alike with behind-the-scenes access to the people, places, and programs that play integral roles in shaping the Grand Rapids community.

Connections & Professional Development

Multiracial Association of Professionals (MAP)
MAP provides opportunities for social and professional connections through networking, connection dinners and welcome luncheons for area minority professionals.

OutPro promotes a welcoming culture in the West Michigan community for LGBT professionals and offers opportunites for both social and professional networking through monthly gatherings.

Emerging Leaders Series
For young and early career professionals, this program combines community connections, leadership skills, and professional development, with a focus on board service training and exposure to local issues.

Intensive Leadership & Community Development

Institute for Healing Racism
A two-day experience that engages people of all backgrounds in facing racism and its impact on individuals, businesses, and our community. Through presentations and exercises, participants will build a shared understanding of racism and discover tools to create an inclusive workplace and community.

Leadership Grand Rapids
A nine-month program for higher level leaders of all styles, backgrounds, and sectors. Participants explore the systems at play in Grand Rapids, enhance their skills through community projects, and empower each other’s leadership journey through discussions, exercises, tours, and expert panels.

Leadership Advantage
An introspective experience for higher level and self-motivated leaders to examine themselves as leaders in their career, at home, and in the community. Participants benefit from neutral space, honest guidance, and insightful tools to evolve their leadership style and strengths.


Customized trainings are available, for more information, contact Sonya Hughes at or 616.771.0321.



Seeking a Minority or Woman Vendor?

Check out the West Michigan Chamber Coalition's 2013 Minority- and Woman-Owned Regional Business Directory. This helpful tool is great for companies looking to diversify their supplier base and those seeking to develop new business. 

Click here to get involved in a committee

Looking for Diversity and Inclusion Resources?

For complete list of resources click here.

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