WRC Recognizes Employers

February 21, 2003
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Women’s Resource Center is recognizing four West Michigan organizations for contributing to the success of women in the workplace by providing programs, policies and benefits that help to advance women into leadership positions and address work/life issues of employees.

This year’s winners are Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Riverfront Financial Group and Crowe Chizek and Co. LLP. They will be honored as 2003 Employer Recognition Award winners at the 16th annual luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

“The winners’ top leaders have demonstrated that no matter what size or type of business, an environment that embraces diversity and advances women into leadership roles is possible,” said Sharon Caldwell Newton, executive director of WRC. “Not only are the winners contributing to the success of women in their workplace, but to their business’ success.”

That success has been proven time and again, the award recipients said.

“We at Riverfront Financial Group believe that fostering leadership in women is essential and long overdue,” said President James Garlock. “Currently, women with five years’ experience or more make up only 5 percent of the financial services industry. We are working to change that.”

GRCC President Juan Olivarez said the college also is looking to the future.

“We have dedicated many years of effort to creating a culture of respect and comfort for all employees and, because the workplace is constantly evolving, as are the professional and personal needs of our people, we will seek to continuously improve,” he said. “This award inspires us to continue to rank among the best.”

This is the second year a morning conference (8-11:30 a.m.) will precede the awards luncheon. The conference is entitled “Pathways to Leadership.” Lynn Martin, former U.S. secretary of labor under President George H.W. Bush, will be the keynote speaker.

Cost of the conference is $90, which includes a continental breakfast and the awards luncheon. Cost for the luncheon is $40 per ticket, or $450 for a reserved table of 10.

Call the WRC at (616) 458-5443 or visit www.grwrc.org for information or to register.           

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