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As a champion for a diverse and inclusive community, the Chamber is proud to provide OutPro, an LGBTQ+ professionals group that can serve as both a resource to employers and employees, as well as an affinity group for the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more about how OutPro is all new for 2022 by checking out our latest article.

OutPro promotes a welcoming culture in the West Michigan community and offers social and professional networking opportunities throughout the city. OutPro events are attended by professionals at all career levels, representing a diversity of corporations, small businesses, and public and non-profit organizations. 

Interested in joining the OutPro Council?

The OutPro Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month and helps with planning OutPro events throughout the year. The Council has spots for up to 15 members and is open to LGBTQ+ professionals and allies.

Those interested in participating in the OutPro Council should contact Monica Mendez, Talent Development Manager, at 616.771.0315 or [email protected].

OutPro Council Members

Kayla Benda, Oh Hello Branding Group

Wayne Bersano, New York Life Insurance

Roya Bruce, Steelcase

Courtney Failer, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Janelle Hill, Arbor Circle

Charissa Huang, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, PC

Carlos Kulas-Dominguez, Cherry Health

Rowan Leo, 8THIRTYFOUR Integrated Communications

Jennie Knight, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Elisa Perez-Arellano, Inclusive Empowerment Services, LLC

Megan Persons, Grand Rapids Public Schools

Jeff Sorensen, Out On The Lakeshore


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Check out our Empower Toolkit for a list of local, state, and national resources for LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies.

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Thank You to our 2022 OutPro Sponsors

ATHENA Leadership Forum 59           134th Annual Meeting: The State of Grand Rapids Business 8     Virtual Diversity & Talent Series 14     2022 Grand Rapids Policy Conference