Congratulations to our 2014 Transformational Leaders! 16 passionate, motivated individuals have joined our program this year and we cannot wait to see how they grow and the impact they will have on our community.

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This ground-breaking experimental program, launched in May, 2013, initiates a pipeline of future leaders of color. The program intends to equip emerging leaders with critical skills and knowledge required to fill positions of influence across Grand Rapids to support systematic change and to achieve racial equality.

β€œIt has been evident that there is a lack of culturally diverse leadership within our community of Grand Rapids and that it would take an intentional effort to address this issue,” said Paul Doyle of Paul T. Doyle and Associates, a consultant in cultural competency. Therefore the UCC members determined that the development of this program would be the first step in creating a pipeline of future leaders of color that would be equipped to fill this void.”

Throughout the program, participants will be afforded the opportunity to visit organizations that successfully model collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and transformational business leadership. These students will be asked to identify key issues facing the community and develop a personal development plan that allows them to proactively contribute and influence others in solving those issues.

View our video from the 2014 Graduation!

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