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No One Is an Underdog

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 00:00
"You are a leader from the seat you're in." Janis Petrini sits in a small office. Anyone might sit across the desk from her: anyone searching for a job; anyone searching for an employee; anyone searching for ways to build their career, company or organization. Read more...

She Thinks She's Just Having Fun

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 07:12
"We would love for you to volunteer at the children's museum," Maggie Lancaster's neighbor said. Read more...

A True Calling

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:57
When Sue Cunningham's father passed away in December 2014, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer, Sue inherited more than a business—she inherited her father's leadership role in the family answering service, Cunningham Communications. Read more...
Megan Feenstra Wall, recently honored with the Young Architect Award 2016 by the American Institute of Architects – Michigan, rarely considered until recently what it meant to be a woman in architecture. While 50 percent of graduating architectural students are women, they only constitute 17 percent of licensed architects. Read more...

Music in Her Soul: Cathy Holbrook

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 05:51
Mass media, communication, music. West Michigan native Cathy Holbrook was moving back home from California when she learned of an opportunity with St. Cecilia Music Center. The venue hosts more than 23,000 hours of music education yearly. Its Presenting Series gives community members an opportunity to see world-renowned, highly in-demand artists in their genre, in a gem of an intimate hall in West Michigan. And so much more had blossomed and continues to grow as Holbrook celebrates 10 years with St. Cecilia as its executive director. Read more...
When Lisa Anderson was 17 she became pregnant, and her life changed forever. As a young mom, she often felt alone and isolated. Lisa started Grace's Table to support young women as they embark on their own motherhood journey. Grace's Table represents safety and stability, in the midst of uncertainty. Read more...

GROW Welcomes a New COO

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 07:15
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) has been empowering West Michigan women to launch, sustain and enhance their entrepreneurial business endeavors for the past 26 years. Lead by CEO Bonnie Nawara, GROW provides training, networking opportunities and financial resources to these enterprising women. Read more...
From Belarus to Siberia to Egypt to ... Holland, Michigan? The 2016 Tulip Time Festival poster winner's path was a circuitous one, filled with obstacles and emotional hurdles. Her mother introduced her to art at a young age, providing a lifelong creative outlet for this inspirational woman. Her winning painting, "Spectacle," is a mixture of brush strokes and paint splashes that casually dance across the canvas. It is truly an original piece of art, just like its creator. Looking at the painting, you will witness the joy that is Alla Dickson. Read more...

Floriza Genautis: Determination at Its Finest.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 00:00
On December 15, 2015, Management Business Solutions, Inc. (MBS), a Grand Rapids-based staffing firm, announced that its principal founder and CEO, Floriza Genautis, officially offered company shares to Latoya Person, Managing Partner. In 2014, MBS employee Amy Marshall was also offered shares under the Company's 5-year Employee Ownership Plan. This move is consistent with Floriza's plan to hire future owners. Read more...

Sara Lachman: An Inspiration.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:00
The ATHENA Young Professionals Award recognizes emerging leaders, promotes women's leadership, and honors outstanding women and men in their earlier career stages. Sara Lachman, the 2015 recipient of this prestigious award, is a civil litigator with Miller Johnson. She chairs the firm's recruiting committee, created its current mentorship program and is active in her community. She enjoys her career, her activities, her family, her world. And she walked really deep into a dark woods to get there. Read more...

 

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