Brilliance Press Release

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 16, 2023 – West Michigan Woman is now seeking nominations from the community for its seventh annual Brilliance Awards.

The Brilliance Awards recognize the dynamic talent, spirit and intellect of those who tackle issues facing professional women. Focusing on nominees who are committed to creating positive change and excel in their fields, the Brilliance Awards shine a light on women and men within the West Michigan community who truly elevate others and blaze trails of inspiration.

The successes of local women and men are honored across 10 categories: Mentorship, Connector, Social Change Agent, Team Player, Tenacity, Champion of Service, Entrepreneur, Emerging Leader, Best Supporting Man, and Woman of the Year.

In 2022, three finalists for each category—the most prestigious being Woman of the Year—were selected from a record-breaking 400+ nominations. Going forward and as in previous years, all 2023 nominations will be carefully considered, and finalists will be determined based on outstanding qualities of leadership, mentorship, service, innovation and tenacity.

“The energy of the Brilliance Awards is incredibly inspiring. Throughout the process and at the event itself, there is a heartfelt sense of celebration and collaboration,” said Kasie Smith, President and Publisher of West Michigan Woman. “It’s often emotional in a way that leaves you feeling joyful and in awe. I'm honored that the Brilliance Awards continue to provide a platform to share the stories of the well-deserving and perhaps unsung heroes of our community.”

Top honorees will be determined by a selection committee of local community leaders and announced at the Brilliance Awards on May 17, 2023 in the Ambassador Ballroom at the Amway Grand Plaza. The in-person event will offer a unique format allowing for ample celebration, networking and a three-course meal.

Additional event details to follow. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are now available for purchase.

Nominations can be made online until February 17 at: https://westmichiganwoman.com/brilliance-awards

Ticket and table information can be found here:

Interested in sponsoring the 2023 Brilliance Awards?
Contact Susan at [email protected] or (616) 458-8371.

May 31, 2022
Meet the 2022 Brilliance Awards Top Honorees and Finalists


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To sponsor this event, contact Susan at [email protected] or (616) 458-8371.

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