Young Professionals of Color Conference

Shifting the Norm: Using Your Talents and Innovation
Followed by a Community Engagement Reception

Presented by
Cascade Engineering

August 2017

BL²END is honored to return as the Exclusive Young Professionals Partner for the 6th year in a row! Keynote speaker, Kathryn Finney, a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, “women in” advocate, investor, writer and television correspondent, inspired participants to use their talents and innovation to break through barriers for personal and professional impact. Small break-out sessions led by local leaders who use innovation to impact our community proceeded the keynote presentation.
A Community Engagement Reception followed YPCC as an opportunity to network while also discovering a variety of engagement opportunities offered by the city to all people of diverse backgrounds.
In partnership With:
Spectrum Health
Hosted By:
DeVos Place
Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Kathryn Finney | Managing Director, digitalundivided
Break-Out Sessions Presented By:
Sammy Publes | One World Diversity and Mixed Roots Collective
Daniel Parker | Director of Information Services, Spectrum Health
Darel Ross and Jorge Gonzalez | Directors, Start Garden
Kisha McPherson – Director of Operations, Spectrum Health
Shannon Cohen | Founder and Principal, Community Ventures
Pat Sosa Verduin | Principal, MOB
Joe Jones | President and CEO, Grand Rapids Urban League | 2nd Ward City Commisioner, City of Grand Rapids
Arelis Diaz | Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Alvin Hills & Jonathan Jelks | Co-Founders, Midwest Tech Project
Megan Sall | Moderator – Assistant City Manager, City of Wyoming
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