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Thursday, 09 March 2017 05:04

The Future is Female

"Gender equity is not a fad," said Amber Snow, Lead Talent Development Specialist at Amway.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 11:06

Join the Conversation

Diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias are all part of a national conversation. Whether you work for a large or small organization, whether you work globally or locally, you're likely facing challenges as your consumers, customers and employees become more diverse. Are you achieving the results you expected?

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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00

2015 Michigan Women’s Leadership Report

Inforum Center for Leadership has released its 2015 Michigan Women's Leadership Report, a snapshot of the leadership role of women in Michigan's top 100 public companies. The Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University conducted the research for a second consecutive installment of the biennial report.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Inforum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

"The best glimpse of what our future holds is what our members believe." —Melissa Collar

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Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00

Inforum Celebrates Ten Years of Advocacy

Inforum, a statewide professional organization focused on accelerating careers for women and boosting talent initiatives for companies, will celebrate ten years in West Michigan with a special evening program featuring Audra Davies, Vice President, Health, Beauty and Home Product Development for Amway.

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Inforum Center for Leadership is now accepting applications for its flagship program, Executive Leadership, and its newest talent development program, Genuine Leadership Presence.

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Inforum was founded in 1962. Today, it is the only professional organization in Michigan—and one of a few in the country—that focuses on two things: accelerating careers for women and boosting talent initiatives for companies.

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Monday, 11 August 2014 09:53

Patti Griswold: Inforum Board Chair

Patti Griswold, senior vice president, retail banking, Comerica, was recently elected Inforum board chair and is the first person from West Michigan to serve in this capacity. West Michigan Woman chatted with Patti about her background, her successes, and her new role with Inforum.

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Catherine Rogg, vice president, corporate engagement, is a new person in a new role for Inforum, a professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating women's careers. It's a nice alignment: Catherine has a long-standing career in education and philanthropy, was director of development for comprehensive fundraising offices at two educational institutions, and was director of alumni relations at Davenport University. She was active in establishing scholarship programs advocating for nontraditional women students. And she's focused on making connections, building relationships, and engaging support for professional growth opportunities.

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Tuesday, 07 January 2014 03:37

Jeanne Englehart Joins Inforum

On January 2, Jeanne Englehart joined Inforum as Executive in Residence, Inforum—West Michigan. Jeanne is one of the most respected business and civic leaders in west Michigan, having served for seven years (2004-2011) as the President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and six years as Community Services Director for U.S. Representative Vernon Ehlers.  

Prior to that she was a successful entrepreneur and business owner at the helm of an award-winning, fast-growing company which she successfully grew and sold to a larger entity.  Her experience as a community leader and successful business owner led to her most recent engagement as Vice President with The Charter Group, a mergers and acquisitions firm.  She is also a member of the board of directors of Founders Bank and Trust, and is a Governor Snyder appointee to the Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation. Last but certainly not least, Jeanne has been a long-standing member of Inforum’s West Michigan Honorary Committee. The community honors that she and the various organizations under her leadership have received are literally too many to mention.  

In her focused, four-month engagement with Inforum, Jeanne will be responsible for serving as a local brand ambassador for both Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership in West Michigan, increasing awareness and positioning our organization with key business, community and civic leaders and centers of influence in the region.  In order to expand and deepen our overall relationships, she will not only be calling on people and organizations herself, she will be “quarterbacking" or positioning members of our staff and volunteer team, including me, Jacque Wiggins, Rachele Downs and others, to ensure all members of the team are known and connected and that we have many touch points.

A critically important part of her role will be mentoring and assisting with on-boarding our new Vice President, Corporate Engagement, opening doors and helping this new hire establish relationships.  As you have heard in previous e-mails we are on track to have that position filled in January. 

Jeanne will also be responsible for business development, including identifying new prospects, deepening our relationships with existing sponsors and advancing prospects-in-progress to secure new funders.

Jeanne will be located at our West Michigan office (616.588.9400) and her new e-mail (once operational after the first of year) will be [email protected]. Please join me in giving her a warm Inforum welcome.

Terry A. Barclay, President and CEO, Inforum

Click here to read more about Jeanne and her response to being named the 2013 ATHENA Award Winner


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