Get Involved

We are relationship builders. Whether you want to participate, support, or volunteer, we invite you to help us make our community a place where young professionals of color can live, work and play.

Our Participants

We strive to create an environment of excellence, professionalism and belonging for each and every individual that attends our events. We find it a privilege and responsibility to help people of color advance their careers. Whether you are new to the Grand Rapids community, or have lived here your whole life, we invite you to become a part of our 2000+ network of amazing people.


As a participant, you will have the opportunity to network with professionals at our Social Networking, Professional Development and Community Outreach events. Our mission is to encourage meaningful and accessible participation in our community. Participation does not require formal membership. All are welcome to

To participate in an upcoming event, click here.


As an event advocate, you will help us welcome all participants at our registration table, or provide support to our event programming! If you enjoy greeting and meeting new people, then we could use your help!

To learn more about how you can become an advocate, email our Participant Engagement Chair at


If you are interested in joining a dynamic board who is making a positive impact in the lives of young professionals in our community, consider serving as a Board of Director for BL²END! Individuals looking to dedicate their time and talents to serve our mission are welcome to apply.

At this time, we are accepting applications.

To apply for an open position, please complete our online application.

Our Partners

Our Partners have an exclusive opportunity to join our efforts in making Grand Rapids a destination of diverse talent for local businesses. Each Partner makes it possible for BL²END to continue to create a diverse and inclusive environment for young professionals of color in our community.

To all of our Partners, thank you for your continued support in making Grand Rapids a great place for young professionals of color to live, work and play.

To learn how to become a BL²END partner, email our Executive President, Erica Soto, at

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