Lean In Michigan Leadership Conference
Lean In Michigan Leadership Conference

Lean In Michigan Leadership Conference

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The Seidman Center - Grand Valley State University

50 Front Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI

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The concept of Lean In is to encourage women to ‘sit at the table’, to seek challenges, to take risks and to pursue their goals with passion. Lean In encourages both women and men to support women in leadership positions (whatever level it may be) – both to reach that leadership position and to thrive upon appointment. 


Our elite speakers are Dr. Jacqueline Taylor and Mary Brown. There will also be 8 information packed breakout sessions to select from.


Dr. Jacqueline Taylor Dr. Taylor rose from Executive Assistant to President, Vice President, and Provost roles.  She was the President of Fulton Montgomery College at a time when only 3% of Community College Presidents were women. Dr. Taylor is truly a leader; she has forged the path that we women walk along today. Dr. Taylor has also served as Vice President of Development and the Provost of Davenport University. Currently, she is a Leadership Consultant with Pondera Advisors. Known for her ability to empower women, Dr. Taylor sits on numerous Boards around the state of Michigan and has been the recipient of multiple awards. Most recently she was recognized with the Trillium Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Michigan Women’s Foundation.

Mary Brown:  When growing up Mary’s curiosity, interest, and questions were explored, valued, and nurtured. Her early fascination and interests in how things work and her innate desire to address disparities, has informed her current work at Spectrum Health Inclusion + Diversity Center of Expertise. Here, Mary uses her frameworks from design thinking and Futuring in the areas of organizational learning, development and change. She was selected by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Women of West Michigan 2016. Mary has been an adjunct faculty member in both the psychology and business departments at Grand Rapids Community College. She is currently a doctoral candidate for Pepperdine University and holds degrees from Gonzaga University, University of Phoenix, National Institute of Technology and has studied at Case Western Reserve University.


Breakout sessions will be information packed and full of dialogue so you truly walk away feeling enriched and empowered. All are led by experts in their field. Breakouts include:

  • How to Manage Your Inner Critic, led by Dr. Nancy Jonker
  • Changing Careers Mid-Career, led by Bonnie Nawara
  • How to Take Control of Meetings, But Not Be Pushy (or a bitch), led by Lisa Baber
  • How to Reduce Your Fear of Networking, led by Monica Sparks
  • Resolving the 'Do It All' Mentality, led by Steff Condon
  • How to Have an Empowering Impact on Young Women and Teen Girls, led by LaRissa Paras


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  • Networking and registration start at 12:30 pm
  • Event is 1:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Networking 4:30 – 5:00 pm
  • There will be snacks and refreshments (NO lunch)
  • Free Parking at Mount Vernon parking lot, Lot #17 
  • A nursing mothers room will be available


Recommended dress is snappy casual.


Register online by Monday, October 17.

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50 Front Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI

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