Program Information

The Grand Rapids Chamber recognize that in the prosperous and thriving community of West Michigan, Talent Development is key in helping businesses create strong leaders and a more diverse, inclusive workforce. We work alongside organizations as they welcome, connect, and engage needed talent.

Diversity & Inclusion Services

Institute for Healing Racism – 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.

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Engagement Programs

ATHENA Grand Rapids

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 bi-monthly leadership forums.

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OutPro is an LGBT professionals group that can serve as both a resource to employers and employees as well as an affinity group for the LGBT community.

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Inside Grand Rapids

Inside Grand Rapids (IGR) will provide you insight into the city’s latest and greatest developments and put you in touch with the most dynamic leaders and individuals shaping the city’s future.

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Professional Development

Leading Edge

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.

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Leadership Advantage

Leadership Advantage maximizes the leadership potential of professionals from business, non-profits and government with an 8 session program that emphasizes the unique skills individual leaders possess.

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Community Leadership

Leadership Grand Rapids

Through monthly deep dives into key community issues and topics, LGR participants have a chance to deepen their understanding of our community and develop the broad and inclusive mindset needed for community stewardship.

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Emerging Leaders

This professional development opportunity is particularly valuable for young and early-career professionals as well as those with a keen interest in our community and growing professionally.

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