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ATHENA Leadership Forum

Tuesday, November 9th | 11:15 am - 1:00 pm

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ATHENA Leadership Forum: Fiercely Advocating for Yourself

It’s been 20 months too long! Join us on Tuesday, November 9 for a lesson in self-advocacy from past and present ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipients, Shaquanda Gordon and Kiara Baskin, at the first in-person ATHENA Leadership Forum since February 2020. A stand-out leader in our community, Shaquanda has built a career founded in mentorship and fierce advocacy on behalf of women. Following her presentation outlining tools and tips to be your own advocate in the workplace, Shaquanda and Kiara will discuss successful self-advocacy strategies they’ve utilized both personally and professionally. We cannot wait to be back with our ATHENAs!

Tuesday, November 9
11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Members: $35 / Non-Members: $50
The Rutledge


Meet the Speakers

Shaquanda Gordon
Vice President of Human Resources, Talent & Diversity, SpartanNash
ATHENA Leadership Forum 43Shaquanda Gordon prides herself in building healthy teams while driving best practices to ensure a diverse and inclusive place to work. Prior to joining SpartanNash, Shaquanda enjoyed serving in progressive human resource leadership roles at Gordon Food Service, Perrigo, Meijer, and Priority Health. She also spent more than 10 years as an adjunct professor for Davenport University. Shaquanda holds an MBA from Davenport University and a bachelor’s from Western Michigan University. In 2011, Shaquanda received the Grand Rapids Chamber ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award for demonstration of leadership in her field, opening doors to opportunities for other women, contributing her time and talent to the community, and serving as a role model.

Kiara Baskin
Founder & Principal, Bump to Birth Doula Services

ATHENA Leadership Forum 44Kiara Baskin, Founder & Principal of Bump to Birth Doula Services, has created a successful business model that empowers and equips women to be an advocate for themselves and others, ultimately changing our community’s future. Kiara holds a bachelor’s in Health Care Administration from Baker College and is a graduate of the Urban Core Collective’s Transformational Leadership Program, where she remains an active alumna focusing on health equity and social justice for the birthing and parenting community. Previously, she worked as an Early Childhood Case Manager for Health Net of West Michigan and as a Community Health Worker for Spectrum Health. Most recently, Kiara was recognized as the 2021 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient.

Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

West Michigan CEO Summit 31


Program Underwriters

West Michigan CEO Summit 33    132nd Annual Meeting 27    OutPro 14


Lead Supporters

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Print Sponsor

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Technology Sponsor

Diversity & Talent Series 1


Chamber Champions

2021 Diversity & Talent Summit 13   ATHENA Leadercast 2     ATHENA Leadership Forum 48    ATHENA Leadership Forum 41

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Small Business Sponsors

West Michigan Minority Contractors After Hours 3     32nd Annual ATHENA Awards Celebration 6