Black Women Connect GR

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Upcoming Event Details

CEO Celebration
Monday, May 22
5:30 — 7:30 p.m.
The ROC at Rockford Construction – 601 First St. NW
$10 per person, includes light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages

Register today! 

Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of West Michigan women business leaders Sandra Gaddy and Charisse Mitchell, both of whom were appointed to Chief Executive Officer positions this March.

Sandra Gaddy | CEO, Women’s Resource Center
Sandra Gaddy_300x250Gaddy is a passionate and strategic leader with more than 20 years of expertise in developing teams, strategic planning, collaboration and fundraising. She assumed leadership of the Women’s Resource Center on March 22, 2017. Launched in 1973, the Women’s Resource Center advocates for women to achieve economic independence through meaningful employment. The center’s services include computer classes, resume coaching and support groups. Gaddy previously served as Vice President of Advancement for Inner City Christian Federation.

Charisse Mitchell | CEO, YWCA
Charisse Mitchell_300x250smallMotivated by her heart for women and children, Mitchell has dedicated her career to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. She assumed leadership of the YWCA West Central Michigan on March 6, 2017. The organization offers services that support victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse and stalking, as well as prevention programs for girls ages six to 18. Mitchell previously led Holland’s Center for Women in Transition.


About Black Women Connect GR
Black Women Connect GR is an affinity group of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce which offers opportunities for African American women to meet with each other and develop meaningful relationships both professionally and personally.

Black Women Connect GR events are designed for professional black women at all career levels, representing a diversity of corporations, small businesses, and public and non-profit organizations.

Join the conversations in the Facebook group! To find out more or get involved, email diversity@grandrapids.org.


“I have been waiting for a group like this in Grand Rapids all my life! This is truly a way to put GR front and center. Bravo to the Chamber staff for a very productive and energizing gathering.”
— Melvene Tardy, Partners for a Racism-Free Community


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Huntington Bank

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