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2018 Young Professionals of Color Conference

Cascade Engineering

Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

2018 Young Professionals of Color Conference

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presented by

in partnership with
BL²END as the Young Professionals Partner 
and Spectrum Health returning as the Platinum Sponsor


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Cascade Engineering is hosting a one-day professional development conference for young professionals of color in West Michigan on Thursday, August 2, 2018. Last year, the conference convened over 200 young professionals of color at DeVos Place 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 2018 is Your Plan, Your Pace: The Path isn't Always Linear. Our keynote is Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College and educator for over 25 years. Dr. Pink will inspire young professionals to design a path for personal and professional growth, empowered with the knowledge that their evolution as young leaders won’t always be linear. 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 nontraditional success.


2018 Breakout Sessions

Aligning People and Organizations
Alisha Lauchié - Director of Organizational Alignment, Urban Core Collective


Engineering a Better Community
Christine Olmeda - Contract and Compliance Officer, Inner City Christian Federation


How a Diverse Skillset Makes You More Marketable
Bo Torres - Fatherhood Coordinator, Strong Beginnings, Spectrum Health


Launching Your Own Career
Danielle Williams - Owner, DMWilliams Consulting


A Recruiter's Guide to Making Your Nontraditional Path Work for You
Laura Urzola-Rivas - Talent Acquisition Supervisor, Gordon Food Service


Thinking Out of the Box and Making Change in Your Organization
Darius Reid - Director of Sales & FOCUS Employee Resource Group, Whirlpool Corporation


Event Agenda

8:30 a.m.- Registration & Breakfast 
9:30 a.m.- Welcome
10:00 a.m.- Keynote: Dr. Bill Pink
12:00 p.m.- Lunch/Networking
1:00 p.m.- Break-Out Sessions (Each session will be 75 minutes- conference attendees choose 2 sessions to attend) 
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.- Learning Dialogue and Wrap-Up
5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Conference Afterglow and BL2END Social Networking Event at Gravity Taphouse Grille, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce - Registration is free but spaces are limited - Reserve your spot today! All YPCC Attendees, BL2END Members and those unable to attend the conference are invited to join us!


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 Joe Gomez at Cascade Engineering as soon as possible via email at


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Cornerstone University
1001 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Cascade Engineering

Decades ago we decided to create a business with a different mindset

Doing so meant acting on our conscience as much as our capabilities. Solving problems without creating new ones. Innovating with a sense of integrity. And setting new standards for how the world and people are treated. We’ve come a long way, but have always stayed true to the original vision our founder Fred Keller set in 1973.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cascade Engineering is comprised of nine strategic business units serving a wide variety of markets including automotive, commercial truck and bus, solid waste and recycling, furniture, and material handling. With a core competency in large-scale plastic injection molding, Cascade Engineering is a global company with over 1,600 employees and 15 facilities covering 1.3 million square feet. As one of the largest certified B Corps in the world, we are widely recognized for business practices that emphasize how business can build financial, social, and environmental capital.

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