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.
Diverse Community Networks
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.
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.
Black Women Connect
Black Women Connect offers opportunities for black women in West Michigan to meet one another other and develop meaningful relationships both professionally and personally.
Dynamic Leadership Programs
Leadership Grand Rapids – now accepting applications
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.
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.
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.
Inside Grand Rapids
The Inside Grand Rapids (IGR) program takes participants behind the scenes of our magnetic community over the course of a single day.
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.
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.