Cascade Engineering is hosting a one-day professional development conference for young professionals of color in West Michigan on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Last year, the conference convened over 200 young professionals of color at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are happy to have Spectrum Health return as the Platinum Sponsor and BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), returning again as the Exclusive Young Professionals Partner whose mission directly aligns with the purpose and intent of this conference.
Our theme for YPCC 2019 is Making Change: Local and Global Impact. Our keynote is Candace Matthews, Amway Regional President of The Americas and Europe. Candace will inspire young professionals to design a path for personal and professional growth, empowered with the knowledge that change is constant and brings many opportunities for making impact. In addition to the keynote, participants will have the opportunity to engage in small break-out sessions with local leaders focusing on building skill sets, networks and pathways to making the change they seek.
Event Agenda (Tentative)
|7:30 - 8:30||Registration & Breakfast (Gainey Conference Center)|
|8:30 - 8:50||Welcome (Grand Rapids Theological Seminary)|
|9:00 - 12:00||Break-Out Sessions (Each session will be 75 minutes- conference attendees choose 2 sessions to attend) (Bolthouse Hall)|
|12:00 - 1:30||Lunch/Networking (Gainey Conference Center)|
|1:30 - 3:00||Keynote Speaker - Candace Matthews, Amway Regional President of the Americas & Europe (Christ Chapel)|
|3:00 - 4:00||Panel Discussion (Christ Chapel)|
|4:00 - 4:30||Learning Dialogue and Wrap-Up (Christ Chapel)|
|5:00 - 8:00||Conference Afterglow and BL2END Social Networking Event at Hopcat (click here to register for the Afterglow event only)|
Additional Conference Information
Conference Justification Letter
If there is an opportunity for your company to pay your registration fee, we have provided a conference justification letter to present the value of attending the Young Professionals of Color Conference. This is a tool that explains the value you will bring to your company or organization by attending this conference and to justify the cost of your attendance to your organization. This letter does not guarantee your employer will pay your registration fee.
Scholarships for the Conference
A limited number of scholarships are available for this conference. Click here to apply for a scholarship.
Complimentary parking is available onsite at Cornerstone University.
Refund Policy | Transferring Tickets
We do not offer refunds. All all ticket sales are final. However, if you're no longer able to attend, we do allow you to transfer the ticket to another individual. If you need to do this, please contact Lisa Barkel at Cascade Engineering as soon as possible via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caitlin and Paul Townsend Lamb
City of Grand Rapids
W.K. Kellogg Foundation