Application Deadline: Diversity Visionary & Change Agent Awards


2016 Diversity Awards Application Deadline!

Applications Friday, January 15 for the 2016 Diversity Visionary and Change Agent awards! Don’t wait to self-nominate you or your organization for these diversity awards or fill out an application on behalf of another deserving candidate today. Submit to

DIVERISTY VISIONARY AWARD – recognizes an organization that demonstrates exemplary leadership and impact in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Award criteria:

    • Demonstrate excellence and commitment to diversity and inclusion as evidenced by organizational policies, procedures, behaviors, and achievements.
    • Demonstrate standout leadership within their industry or community as evidenced by increased access, equity, and diverse participation.
    • Must be a member of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
Diversity Visionary Application

CHANGE AGENT AWARD – recognizes an individual that acts with fierce conviction to advance diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.

Award criteria:

  • Demonstrate standout leadership and impact within their industry or community as evidenced by increased access, equity, and diverse participation.
Change Agent Aplication

Past Diversity Visionary Award recipients include:

Goodwill Industries of Grand Rapids, Inc. – 2015
Grand Rapids Community Foundation – 2014
Faye Richardson-Green, Steelcase Inc. – 2013
Bing Goei, CEO, Eastern Floral & Goei Center – 2011
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP – 2009
Cascade Engineering, Inc. – 2007
James Hackett, Steelcase Inc. – 2005
Bob Woodrick, D & W Foods – 2003

Inaugural Change Agent Award Recipient

Dr. Andre Fields and Eric Williams, co-founders of Alpha Beta Omega (ABO), a leadership program at Grand Rapids Community College for at-risk urban students – 2015

Save the Date to Celebrate!

The 2016 Diversity Visionary Awards celebration will take place Thursday, March 30 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thank you to those who supported the 2015 event!

Consider becoming a 2016 sponsor today…

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your support for the Chamber’s diversity initiatives and programs and celebrate the individuals in who are strongly impacting our community by sponsoring the Diversity Visionary Awards Celebration.

Click here for sponsorship levels and benefits or contact Joshua Verhulst for sponsorship information.