October Events

Posted on October 02, 2017 in


by Jaclyn Small

We are excited to share a list of events happening this month in our community with organizations we are proud to be partnering with. See below for a list of events tailored to professionals in and around the Grand Rapids area.



8/4/17 - ACG October Breakfast: Young CEO Panel

Event SummaryDuring the last two decades, the proliferation of Internet technology has lead to the rise of a new type of leader. Younger, more aggressive, more willing to take risks, the new CEO has been schooled in classic entrepreneurship rather than the traditional business school methods. Our panel of three CEOs, all under 40, will speak about their growth challenges and the opportunities they seek in their respective industries. 

The panel will be moderated by Rich Noreen, Partner at BDO and panel participants will include: Mark Hoekstra, President & CEO, Hoekstra Transporation; Christy Malone, Founder & CEO, Smart Bottoms; and James Meeks, President & CEO, Move Systems International.

Event Details

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 7:30 AM - 9 AM

Kent Country Club - 1600 College Ave NE

Free for members, $30.00 for non-members (note: registration will close 24 hour prior to the event)

Register here





10/4/17 - 11th Annual Family Business Forum

Event summary: During this Family Business Alliance event, Shepler’s Ferry President Chris Shepler will engage in on-stage conversation with Saginaw native Dr. Don Steele. Co-author of the recently-published book Undefeated: The True Story of How the Family-Owned Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Service Survived and Advanced through Three Generations, Don will talk with Chris about Shepler’s founding, its advancement through the years, the existential threat of potential monopolization of Mackinac Island ferry services, and the recent generational succession. The dicussion will be followed by a panel discussion on "Attracting and Retaining Talent in Family Business", moderated by Chuck Smeester, Partner, WilliamCharles Search Group. The panel will be comprised of Sandy Buchanich, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Talent Development & Engagement, BYRNE; Louis C. Rabaut, Partner, Warner Norcross and Judd; and Amy Saunders-Ferriell, Vice President of Human Resources, Praxis Packaging.

Event Details
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:30 AM — 11:30 AM
Amway Grand Plaza, Ambassador Ballroom – 187 Monroe Ave
$100 for registration

Register here




10/12/17 - Grand Rapids Chamber Business Exchange Luncheon

Event summary: Networking is the name of the game at the Chamber’s monthly Business Exchange Luncheons. Where else can you network with over 100 people in one room? Bring plenty of business cards and get ready to make lots of new connections.

Showcase your business, promote your products, and find that next business partner or unexpected supplier for your business needs. The luncheon features free-style networking as well as facilitated tables during lunch.

Event Details
Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:30 AM — 1:30 PM
Stonewater Country Club – 7177 Kalamazoo Ave.
$25 for members, $30 for future members and late registration starting Sunday, October 8.

Register here




10/17/17 - MiBiz Presents the 5th annual M&A Deals & Dealmakers Awards

Event summary: MiBiz presents the 5th annual M&A Deals & Dealmakers Awards to spotlight best practices and excellence related to mergers, acquisitions and dealmaking throughout the West Michigan region. The event will feature a networking/cocktail hour, strolling dinner/drinks and an awards presentation covering the following categories: 

  • Deal of the Year: More than $150M
  • Deal of the Year: $25M to $150M
  • Deal of the Year: Less than $25M
  • Dealmaker of the Year/Executive
  • Dealmaker of the Year/Adviser
  • Growth Capital Deal of the Year

Event Details
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5:30 PM
Goei Center – 818 Butterworth St SW
$40 per guest

Register here




10/26/17 - HRG October Meeting: Evidence-Based Decision Making – The Data Is Not What It Used To Be!

Event Summary: Many organizations are awash in data, but struggle to know how to use it effectively.  Your organization collects a tremendous amount of data across the board but the HR department likely collects more than any other area - position information, salary, job performance, engagement, etc. - all the “people” data.  Do you know how to leverage this data to improve decision making?  Do you know how to leverage this data to contribute to the organizational and HR strategy?  In this rising economy (and shrinking workforce) HR has to be as efficient as possible in knowing how to use “people analytics” to help move your organization forward and spotlight HR’s value. 

This presentation will be led by Nick Sheltrown, Ph.D. Vice President, National Heritage Academies (NHA), and participants will come away with:

  • frameworks, principles, and stories that will help you identify practical steps to improve upon the value you get from your people data

Regardless of your position in HR, you will receive practical advice on improving evidence-based decision making in your organization.

This program will fulfill the SHRM competencies of: Critical Evaluation and Strategy.

Event Details:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Watermark Country Club - 5500 Cascade Rd SE

Cost: $25.00

Register here 



10/26/17 - ATHENA Leadership Program

Event SummaryThe ATHENA Leadership Forum fosters and supports the development of strong female leaders in our community. Rooted in the eight tenets of the ATHENA Leadership Model, the bi-monthly ATHENA Leadership Forum provides professional development opportunities for women of all levels.

Event Details:

Thursday, October 26, 2017
11:30 PM — 1:30 PM
Salvation Army Kroc Center -  2500 South Division Ave
$35 for members, $40 for late registration starting Sunday, October 22.

Register here


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