Women of Color in the Workplace: Building a Career
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
This interactive panel discussion will feature women of color from our community, with a range of experiences and voices. Building on our previous panel last August, these women will share their stories and talk about what it means to be a woman of color in the workplace. What steps can you take to build a strong foundation for your career? How do you find and work with a mentor? Is there anything special to consider when interviewing for positions? How do you face barriers or overcome biases? How can our community support women of color? What does it take to lead fearlessly? This open and honest discussion will foster dialogue and bring women (and men) together.
- Sonia Dalmia, Economics Professor, GVSU
- Mary Hartfield, Program Manager, GROW
- Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director, The SOURCE
- Jeanessa Fenderson, Branch Manager, Grand Rapids Public Library (moderator)
111 Library Street NE | 49503
Before the Blues: A Musical Workshop with Reverend Robert Jones
February 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
It would probably be fair say that blues music was the dominant popular music style of the 20th Century, but what came before the blues? Even though the quilt of early authentic African American music is largely gone, there are still threads that can give us insight to the music that existed during American slavery and that gave rise to the popular music of the day. In this workshop we will explore such subjects as the “field holler”, work songs, lullabies, traditional banjo, fiddle, quills and guitar music, spirituals and dance music. Detroit native Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is a singer, storyteller and self taught multi-instrumentalist. He uses folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture. He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a performer, musician, storyteller, radio producer/host and music educator.
Main Library, 111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
A GVSU Design Thinking Initiative Talk
“Developing an Orientation of Innovation through Design Thinking”
With Deborah Parizek
Executive Director, Henry Ford Learning Institute of Dearborn, Michigan
Henry Ford Learning Institute is an internationally recognized organization focused on redesigning how we learn. Their approach equips learners of all ages with the skills to envision and implement new ways of learning and work, contributing to their capacity as innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers. Deborah’s talk will share HFLI’s process and experiences implementing design thinking in schools, communities and businesses around the world; her work with leading design thinkers and other progressive learning organizations to refine the design thinking process to explicitly develop young innovators and resourceful lifelong learners; and, key lessons learned along the way.
Wednesday, February 10, 2015
Talk – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Q&A immediately following
Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Building
GVSU – Pew Campus
401 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Parking is available in the Fulton Lot. No permit is necessary.
No Registration Required
February 21, 2016, 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Parking is always free on Sunday in the library lot. Metered spots on the street are free on Sunday as well.
111 Library Street NE | 49503
Schedule of events:
|1:00 pm||Sweet Willie Singleton, trumpeter||Level 1|
|1:30 pm||Nola Adé, vocalist||Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3|
|1:30 pm||Inside a 1950s Black Barbershop with Daniel Groce, Jr.||Adult Computer Training Center, Lower Level|
|2:15 pm||Fable the Poet and Guests||Quiet Study Room, Lower Level|
|2:30 pm||In the Tradition, jazz musicians||Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3|
|3:00 pm||Inside a 1950s Black Barbershop with Daniel Groce, Jr.||Youth Computer Training Center, Level 2|
|3:30 pm||Asamu Johnson, blues musician||Ryerson Auditorium, Level 3|
|3:45 pm||Fable the Poet and Guests||Quiet Study Room, Lower Level|
|All day||Kid’s Activities||Children’s Area, Level 2|
Saturday, February 27th…
Save the date for the 15th annual celebration of African-American musical expression, bridging cultures through the shared language of music. Pianist Marcus Roberts and his trio will join your Grand Rapids Symphony for this performance.
Pianist Marcus Roberts rose to prominence as a gifted performer — first with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands for years, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Roberts is perhaps best known for the development of an entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. Along the way, he’s become a mentor to many younger musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University.
Every year, Symphony with Soul is preceded by the Celebration of Soul dinner and Dr. MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Awards, a special event celebrating diversity and inclusion initiatives in West Michigan. For more information about the Celebration of Soul package, go here.
DeVos Performance Hall
303 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Broadway Grand Rapids presents Blue Man Group @ DeVos Performance Hall
Blue Man Group is comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. The Blue Man Group theatrical tour showcases classic Blue Man favorites, along with brand new content. Now approaching their 25th year of creativity, this artistic group is continually updating and refreshing Blue Man shows with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.
The trademark of every Blue Man Group show is a combination of visually stunning multi-media, multi-sensory performance. The Blue Men are accompanied by a live band whose haunting tribal rhythms help drive the show to its unforgettable climax.