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As Inforum’s West Michigan Brand Ambassador, I thrive on helping. I spent a long career with the city of Grand Rapids and retired as city clerk. Helping people is in my DNA. And that’s why I took this position with Inforum, a nonprofit whose mission is to help accelerate women’s careers. I thrive on helping women make the connections they need to help them navigate their careers. Many of these connections also become friends.

Listen closely … Do you hear that? It’s not the rustling of the changing leaves, nor the humming of the birds preparing to fly south. That buzz you hear is the lingering frenzy of excitement following the inaugural year of Taste of Hope: A Chefs Competition! And the good news is the event is back for another year on November 6, 2023, ready to tantalize taste buds while raising life-saving funds for the American Cancer Society.

Women’s Networking Reimagined: From Ugly Duckling To SWAN

Love it or hate it, networking is an important aspect of business. For extroverts, networking is a fun social opportunity; for introverts, an uncomfortable exercise in futility. Successful networking is not measured by how much fun you have, but by how many valuable connections you make. Both introverts and extroverts continue to network because it serves a purpose—when done well, that is. 

The Bennett Prize: Rising Voices 3, a juried exhibition of figurative realist paintings by women artists, will premiere at the Muskegon Museum of Art May 18 – September 10. The Prize, which awards $50,000 and a traveling solo exhibition to one of 10 finalists, aims to propel the careers of women figurative realist painters and expand opportunities for women artists.

Although more people feel comfortable talking about their mental health struggles these days, stigma associated with mental illness remains high. The fear of being labeled as "crazy" or being ostracized can cause people to avoid seeking treatment, fail to take medications, isolate, have lower self-esteem and even worsen their psychiatric symptoms.

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