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Diversity Visionary Award Celebration

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Created by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in 2003, the Diversity Visionary Award recognizes an individual or organization for their exemplary efforts, advancements and contributions to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity within their own institution or community.

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is proud announce the Grand Rapids Community Foundation as the recipient of the 2014 Diversity Visionary Award. This prestigious award will be presented at the March 19 annual celebration to be held at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and recognizes the Grand Rapids Community Foundation for their sustained efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the organization and throughout the greater Grand Rapids community. 






As a community-based philanthropic organization making grants to non-profits and leading major community initiatives in Kent County, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation is committed to creating a community and a foundation that is diverse, inclusive and racism-free.

Keynote Speaker: Maria Campbell

Maria Campbell is the former Corporate Director of Diversity for SC Johnson where she was responsible for all global diversity initiatives, related strategic planning and execution. During a tenure of more than 20 years, Campbell held positions in engineering, marketing and human resources at SC Johnson. Maria’s work garnered national recognition for SC Johnson from DiversityInc., Fortune, AARP, Working Mothers, Hispanic Business,Minority Corporate Counsel, National Disability and Business Council, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. 
Maria will share diversity and inclusion strategies designed to help grow your business and empower your employees.

Please join the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce for a night of celebration!  

Event Information

Date | Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location | Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids MI
Cost | $60/per person; $750/Corporate Table of ten (10)
Registration | Register online below or call the RSVP hotline, 616.771.0303

Past Recipients
2013 – Faye Richardson-Green, Steelcase Inc.
2011 – Bing Goei, Eastern Floral & Goei Center
2009 – Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
2007 – Cascade Engineering, Inc.
2005 – James P. Hackett, Steelcase Inc.
2003 – Bob Woodrick, D & W Foods


Thank you to our
2014 Event Sponsors

Without the generous support of our sponsors, it would not be possible to present this event.

 Exclusive Premier Sponsor

Celebration Underwriters

Dinner Reception Underwriter

Corporate Benefactor

Chamber Champions

Award Sponsor


Associate Sponsors

Cascade Engineering

Goodwill Industries of Great Grand Rapids, Inc.

Lacks Enterprises, Inc.

Mercy Health Saint Mary's

Partners for a Racism Free Community

Supporting Sponsors

Aera Community Services Employment & Training (ACSET)


Grand Valley State University

Rockford Construction


Entrepreneur Sponsors

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, Inc.






Please contact Diane Cisler at 616.771.0357 for sponsorship information.

For information about the event, please contact Sonya Hughes at 616.771.0321.

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