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According to the Safe Cosmetics Action Network, loopholes in federal law allow the cosmetics industry to put unlimited amounts of chemicals into personal care products with no required testing, monitoring of health effects, or labeling requirements. While some cosmetics companies have conceded that their products contain trace amounts of additives that have been found to be hazardous, they often argue that the amounts are negligible. But when you consider how many beauty products you use in a single day, over the course of your life, negligible amounts are still a cause for concern. Read more...

Authenticity: Everywhere. Always.

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:31
Authenticity. You hear the word frequently from Meredith Bronk. Some say she's often the only woman in the room. Meredith says there are plenty of women in technology; that leadership isn't about gender; that collaboration at Open Systems Technologies, where she was promoted to president April 1, is so strong no one notices when she's the only woman. Read more...

Authentic Self

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 12:55
Megan Sall of The Right Place, Inc. lit up the room at the March Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce's ATHENA Leadership Forum, with her personal and humorous take on the tenet of Fierce Advocacy. Beyond that, we wanted to chat with Megan about the related Authentic Self tenet and being—in her words— "picky-choosy." Here, Megan shares her insights and advice for living personally and professionally as the truest version of you. Read more...

Miss Patty: The Swim Whisperer

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:35
One of West Michigan’s most beloved swim instructors is Patty Treman, aka Miss Patty. But if you want to take part in her lessons, you’d better get on the list now. Read more...

From Idea to Marketplace

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 05:42
How many times have you struggled to get in and out of a sports bra—only to find it wasn’t exactly what you needed, as far as support? Some women have wrestled themselves into two sports bras, hoping to keep their breasts from bouncing. Sara Marie Moylan, of Jenison, took matters into her own hands.   Read more...

Kristi Kinzler: Building Hope and Legacy

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 05:43
In May 2011, Jason Kinzler died while running the Fifth Third River Bank Run, leaving behind his wife, Kristi, and three children. As friends approached Kristi about how they could help support the family and honor Jason, a vision was formed: The Jason Kinzler Family First Foundation. While Kristi knew her family would be OK financially, her work as a counselor in the Godwin Heights Public School system showed that for many families, the death of a head of the family brought immense financial hurdles, in addition to the terrible emotional blow. This gave her an idea about how to… Read more...

Celebration & Joy

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:38
Kathy Crosby, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, spoke on the tenet “Celebration & Joy” at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA Leadership Forum in November 2013. Kathy is a true beacon of what it means to be joyful during life’s challenges. And as we move into spring, a time of rebirth and rejuvenation, we followed up with her for advice on how to create and maintain joy and a purpose for celebration—in and out of the workplace. Read more...

Carol Van Andel

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:17
Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare – West MichiganCarol Van Andel is the 2014 Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare – West Michigan Trillium Award honoree. The Women of Achievement & Courage awards were established in 1990 to honor and recognize women whose accomplishments inspire others to achieve their life goals and undertake challenges making a positive difference for individuals, communities, and Michigan. The Trillium Award recognizes a Michigan woman for lifetime achievement of inspiration and leadership. Read more...

Teresa Hendricks-Pitsch

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:10
Teresa Hendricks-Pitsch is the 2014 Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare – West Michigan honoree in the Advocacy category. The awards were established in 1990 to honor and recognize women whose accomplishments inspire others to achieve their life goals and undertake challenges making a positive difference for individuals, communities, and Michigan. Read more...

Micki Benz

Monday, 31 March 2014 09:26
Micki Benz is the 2014 Women of Achievement & Courage in Healthcare – West Michigan honoree in the Community category. The awards were established in 1990 to honor and recognize women whose accomplishments inspire others to achieve their life goals and undertake challenges making a positive difference for individuals, communities, and Michigan. Read more...