The Grand Rapids Chamber recognizes that in the prosperous and thriving community of West Michigan, Talent Development is key to helping businesses create strong leaders and a more diverse, inclusive workforce. We work alongside organizations as they welcome, connect, and engage needed talent.
Institute for Healing Racism – 2020 applications now open
The Institute for Healing Racism is designed to attack the disease of racism from all sides. Throughout the program, a racially diverse group of people commit to learning how to diagnose and heal the disease by first dissecting their own thoughts, feelings, and actions.
ATHENA Grand Rapids – 2020 events calendar here
ATHENA Grand Rapids supports, develops, and inspires women leaders as well as honors the men and women who empower women in leadership. The program offers the ATHENA Award and ATHENA Young Professional Award, annual scholarships to women over 30, and leadership forums.
OutPro – 2020 events calendar here
OutPro is 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.
Inside Grand Rapids – 2020 applications now open
Inside Grand Rapids (IGR) participants explore our community, learn about social and community engagement opportunities, and dive deep into how to connect in Grand Rapids by following their passions.
Leading Edge – 2020 applications now open
Leading Edge helps you create a successful path forward by teaching practical concepts and offering a hands-on practicum in the leadership skills you need.
Leadership Advantage – 2020 applications now open
Leadership Advantage is an intensive skills-based executive/leadership coaching program, led by Barbara Rapaport, of Real Time Perspectives, which is designed to enhance the knowledge and critical thinking skills of emerging and established leaders.
Leadership Grand Rapids – 2020 applications now open
Through monthly deep dives into key community issues and topics, Leadership Grand Rapids (LGR) participants have a chance to deepen their understanding of our community and develop the broad and inclusive mindset needed for community trusteeship.
Emerging Leaders – 2020 applications now open
The Emerging Leaders Series is a professional development opportunity that is particularly valuable for young and early-career professionals, as well as those with a keen interest in our community and growing as community trustees.