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Robyn Afrik, who was appointed the first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director for Ottawa County in June 2019, notes DEI holds many definitions these days. Depending on which sector you're in, you may not even know it's an issue.

Jennifer Brougham always knew she wanted to be an attorney—she even wrote a letter to her father describing why when she was 10 years old. But before graduating from Notre Dame Law School and becoming a lawyer with McShane & Bowie, P.L.C. in Grand Rapids, Brougham served for over four years in the U.S. Air Force.

"I often questioned why God called me to this role when most of it seemed insurmountable."

The world is a changed place since West Michigan Woman gathered hundreds of nominations for the fourth annual Brilliance Awards. What hasn't changed is how many outstanding women—and men—lift up our community.

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