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Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame inducting editor of Business Journal

January 23, 2018
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Carole Valade
Carole Valade. Photo by Michael Buck

The editor of the Grand Rapids Business Journal will be inducted into a hall of fame next month.

Carole Valade will be welcomed into the Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame by MichBusiness, formerly the Michigan Business and Professional Association.

Valade is one of four women who will be inducted at the organization’s 22nd-annual Women Thrive Conference Symposium and Awards program on Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MGM Grand Detroit, at 1777 3rd Ave.

Valade is the long-time editor of Grand Rapids-based Gemini Publications, which is comprised of the Business Journal, Grand Rapids Magazine and Michigan BLUE.

More than 500 women are expected to attend the event, which is held to promote high professional standards, encourage leadership, provide education and assure equal advantages for women.

The criteria to be inducted into the hall of fame includes women leaders who have had “significant business success,” many at a global level, and made Michigan a “better place to live and work” through their efforts.

Michigan Business Women Hall of Fame inductees

Terry Barclay, Inforum
Florine Mark, The Weight Watchers Group
Sandra Pierce, The Huntington National Bank
Carole Valade, Gemini Publications

The ceremony will also feature a group of Women in the Workplace Leadership Honorees, who will be recognized as “extraordinary professional women” who have “excelled” in their professions, as well as Shooting Stars awards for women under 40.

Women in the Workplace Leadership Honorees

Dr. Holly Gilmer, St. John Providence
Carolyn Krieger, CKC Agency
Monica Martinez, Comerica Bank
Amy Peterson, Rebel Nell
Carla Walker-Miller, Walker-Miller Energy Services

Shooting Stars

Evette Griffie, DTE Energy
Margaret Kennedy, PwC

“Today’s women business leaders need to be recognized for their contributions to our economy and business community,” said Jennifer Kluge, president, MichBusiness. “This year, our honorees are great examples of how women are making an impact in Michigan, and we are pleased to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Meryl Davis, a Michigander and Olympic ice dancing champion. The event will also include an interactive session.

Tickets can purchased online for $145.

MichBusiness

MichBusiness works to help small businesses across Michigan succeed by offering them resources, educational programs, events and more.

For more than three decades, the organization says its mission and history of partnerships have impacted more than 150,000 businesses.

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