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Before she was an award-winning writer, editor, and strategist, Dawn Pick Benson wrestled with the concept of leadership and her role as a leader. Now having had career experience in corporate, non-profit, and higher education sectors, Dawn has reconciled her beliefs about leadership and has decided to make an impact on her world. While still in grade school, Dawn started thinking about the truth that leaders have the power to change society through their actions. She was inspired when she read biographies of people such as explorer and missionary David Livingston, and abolitionist and Union war spy Harriet Tubman. Her… Read more...
The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) Fashion Studies program announced the official naming of the program as the Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion. The program is named for Pamella Roland DeVos, a Grand Rapids native and president and designer of Pamella Roland, a renowned international fashion company headquartered in New York City. The naming is in honor of a $1 million gift the Dan and Pamella DeVos Foundation made to KCAD’s Fashion Studies program, a donation that will help the new program grow and raise its profile around the country and within the industry.… Read more...

Reconstruct, Rehabilitate, Persevere

Monday, 28 October 2013 03:28
Pilates instructors in Grand Rapids are doing their part to provide services to those affected by breast cancer. Kim McDonough and her staff at Core Pilates & Barre will be trained and certified in post-surgery rehabilitation exercises through the Pink Ribbon Program next month.  Kim, who started Core Pilates in Rockford in 2005 and moved the studio to Grand Rapids in 2007, said the Pink Ribbon Program trains fitness instructors in practices that help ease survivors back into fitness. "It is a program that empowers women coming out of a very difficult time and (helps them) take control of what's… Read more...
Do you feel like you're in a career rut? Your goals (if any) seem unreachable, or you can't pin down exactly what you want to do with your job or life. A coach could help you prioritize, provide advice and support, and point you in the right direction. Kimberly Gleason experienced the benefits of a coach firsthand and was able to form a major business goal—to open a coaching business of her own. Now, Kimberly Gleason Coaching exists to help your life "flourish and grow."  Formerly an English teacher, Kimberly dedicates her days to helping others discover their inner passion and… Read more...

Sold on Service

Thursday, 17 October 2013 06:41
True or false? When your mother tells you to do something, you want to do the opposite. For a just-out-of-college Diane Griffin, the answer was true. But eight years ago, she resigned to the fact that sometimes, moms just know best. Now, she's making her real estate-savvy mother and her community proud with her commitment to the thriving business community and local philanthropic efforts.  As owner of Griffin Properties in Grand Rapids, Diane knows that to have success in business, she must surround herself with great people who possess varied talents but are all committed to working toward a greater… Read more...

Showing Support Through Solidarity

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 04:19
Growing up, Kari Tubbs and her favorite female cousin shared everything, including clothes. "She always had a closet full, and she let me go through and pick out my favorites and keep them," Kari said. Although the girls were twelve years apart, they had a bond that propelled them through childhood and keeps them close even now—even as her cousin is in the midst of breast cancer treatments. When Kari got the news that her cousin had been diagnosed, she was "heartbroken." Throughout chemo and radiation treatments, she has tried to stay positive for her cousin. "She's always been very… Read more...

Giving Careers a Standing Ovation

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 08:03
Reaching retirement age is inevitable, but the age at which workers are ready to punch the clock for the last time is not so uniform. Many employees, especially those of the Baby Boomer generation, are tuning in to the latest employment trend—encore careers. Brigitte Betser, owner of Caledonia's FranNet, said while those in their mid to late fifties may not be ready to retire, they are looking for a change. "Career pains," as Brigitte calls them, induce a search for more flexibility, control, and independence. If this is the case, business ownership, particularly becoming a franchisor, may be the answer. … Read more...
Maureen Noe is naturally a strong, results-driven, task-oriented woman. The president of Heart of West Michigan United Way said, “I get a lot of energy from my work.” Maureen is capable of a high degree of efficiency as she moves United Way toward its mission, yet she knows that excellent leadership is about balancing her results orientation with a process approach to leadership. She intentionally restrains her own desires to move quickly and precisely in meeting the needs of her team members, leveraging their strengths so the team can accomplish greater goals than she could on her own.  Maureen is a… Read more...
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has selected Barb DePree, MD, as the 2013 NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner of the Year (NCMP). The award acknowledges Dr. DePree’s “exceptional contributions” to menopause care, in particular her work speaking out publicly and to midlife women about how sexual intimacy changes as we age and how to deal with those changes. “It means so much to me to have this kind of recognition from my peers. It's very gratifying on a personal level, and it's an endorsement of the importance of sexual health for midlife women, and the role we play as practitioners,” DePree… Read more...
Peaches McCahill is first and foremost a professional, but formality crumbles when she begins describing her passions—her family and her career. Although she has lived through her share of heartache, the formation of her company—The McCahill Group—–has been sincere. Peaches was seventeen when she moved to Grand Rapids from her home in East Lansing. She was blessed with a family that never left her wanting, but at the same time never squelched her drive to create. “My mother always said to me, ‘Always make sure you can buy your own lipstick.' ...Life changes, things happen. You have to be able… Read more...

 

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