Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

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Diversity Makes us Stronger

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is proudly committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within our organization and our business community.

In principle and practice, the Chamber believes in the value and power of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Without it, we limit our talent, resources and the business opportunities necessary to thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

To be a top-of-mind region that keeps talent and grows success for all, we must be open to accepting, welcoming, and engaging all people—whatever their socioeconomic backgrounds, skin color, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, or any other identifying differences.

Let’s look to the future and find ways we can work together to support a strong, diverse, and vibrant West Michigan. Your Chamber stands ready to help.


We have combined the 2017 Diversity Visionary Awards into the Summit to provide an educational experience that you won’t want to miss!

Also new this year, the Diversity Visionary Award categories have expanded to recognize multiple employers who are making organizational strides in diversity and inclusion. The award criteria measures achievement in five categories: Leadership Commitment, Diverse Talent, Internal Processes, Diverse Supply Chain, and Community Engagement. Applicants that score in the top three tiers will receive a Diversity Visionary Award designation and will be celebrated at the Summit.

Diversity Visionary Awards Applications open on Wednesday, September 20 and close on Wednesday, October 18.


Regardless of professional role or experience, the Diversity and Inclusion Summit has something to offer everyone. Attendees will challenge their personal beliefs and views with the nationally acclaimed DEFAMATION, a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, religion, gender, class and the law. Here’s the twist: the audience is the jury.

Breakout sessions will provide access to regional best practices in the workplace. An expanded list is available on the Chamber website.

The summit’s keynote speaker will be Sandra Upton, Vice President of Education Initiatives at the Cultural Intelligence Center. In addition to her work with the Cultural Intelligence Center, she’s a regular speaker, trainer, and consultant on cultural intelligence with companies and non-profit organizations.

Event Information

Friday, November 17, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
JW Marriott Grand Rapids, 235 Louis Campau St NW
$125 member ($60, luncheon only), $145 future member ($80, luncheon only) and late registration starts Friday, November 10

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Award Sponsor

Lead Supporter

Demonstrate your company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by sponsoring the Diversity & Inclusion Forum, contact Omar Cuevas at 616-771-0357 or omarc@grandrapids.org.