West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a luncheon examining emerging sustainable business concerns presented by racial inequity, the built environment and other social and environmental issues on Monday, June 19  at the University Club of Grand Rapids. Featured speakers include City of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Rodney Martin, Diversity Partner at Warner Norcross & Judd, and other speakers to be announced.

The WMSBF Annual Meeting will also present the organization’s new strategic plan, introduce its 2017-2018 Board of Directors, honor the 2017 President’s Award winner and announce an exciting new initiative for 2018.

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rblissMayor Bliss will discuss her recent work on the Grand Rapids Racial Equity initiative, a significant systemic change towards holistic sustainability policy that also embraces racial equity, affordable housing, and minority business expansion. A key component of the initiative is the creation of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, which has been seeded with $1 million in grant funding. Mayor Bliss will also discuss her sustainability & clean energy goals, including generating 100 percent of the City’s energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Mayor Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016 after serving as commissioner for 10 years.  She is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University’s School of Social Work.  Mayor Bliss is President of the Michigan Municipal League and serves on the boards of the Downtown Development Authority, Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Valley Metro Council, Kent County Land Bank Authority and Interurban Transit Partnership, among many other organizations. She is a member of the West Michigan Environmental Leadership Network, and she serves on Governor Snyder’s Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board.

unnamed-6Speaker Rodney Martin will discuss his role as Warner Norcross & Judd’s Diversity Partner, where he leads the firm’s efforts to become a more diverse and inclusive organization. Warner Norcross & Judd strives to have a workforce that reflects the realities of today’s diverse national and global community. To achieve this, Rodney works to aggressively seek to attract diverse candidates to join the firm as attorneys and staff members. To support its recruiting efforts, the firm is working to foster an inclusive culture that is based on three principles of diversity: respect, inclusion, and teamwork.

The WMSBF Annual Meeting is presented by Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

Register here.

WMSBF Annual Meeting
Monday, June 19
12 pm to 2 pm
University Club – Grand Rapids
111 Lyon St NW # 1025
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

Tentative Agenda
12 pm Lunch & Networking
12:30 pm Welcome & Introductions
12:40 pm Diversity as a Sustainability Goal: Rodney Martin, WNJ
12:50 pm Sustainability in Grand Rapids: Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
1:30 pm WMSBF Annual Meeting
2 pm Adjourn