WomenConnect 2017 
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Women Leaders Honored at
Grand Rapids Art Museum 

WomenConnect welcomes women business and nonprofit leaders to West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, June 21, 2017 – The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is pleased to announce the seven outstanding women who will be honored at WomenConnect 2017. The women new to positions of leadership are being recognized for their recent achievements during the annual networking event. WomenConnect is an invitation-only event, and will be held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

A partnership between Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), and Varnum LLP, WomenConnect is designed to welcome and introduce new women executives to other women community and business leaders. What started out as an intimate welcoming gathering has evolved over the last five years into an annual event that supports professional retention efforts and provides opportunities for inclusion and access to the leadership table.

The event showcases West Michigan as a region that values diversity within the leadership of its businesses and organizations, while providing an opportunity for networking with other women in a relaxed, artful setting designed to spur conversation.

To request an invitation, please contact Sara Markman at or 616.831.2908.

About the Grand Rapids Art Museum
Connecting people through art, creativity, and design. Established in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the Art Museum is internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. Established in 1910 as the Grand Rapids Art Association, GRAM has grown to include more than 5,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture and more than 3,000 works on paper. Embracing the city’s legacy as a leading center of design and manufacturing, GRAM has a growing collection in the area of design and modern craft.

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WomenConnect 2017 Honorees: 
Maria Camille
Provost, Grand Valley State University
Maria Davis
Director of Human Resources,
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Sandra Gaddy 
CEO, Women's Resource Center 
TaRita Johnson 
Director of Career Center, Calvin College 
Maggie Lancaster
CEO and Director,
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Charisse Mitchell
CEO, YWCA West Central Michigan 
Stacy Stout 
Assistant to the City Manager,
The City of Grand Rapids 
Elizabeth Payne
Communications Manager 
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