Create Great Leaders Alumni Network

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CGL Alumni Network

The Create Great Leaders Alumni Network is a great way to engage with fellow alumni, support current programs and scholarships, and stay current with the happenings of the Chamber’s Leadership Programs.

About the Network

For over 30 years, the Grand Rapids Chamber has led the region in talent development and leadership programs. All program participants are part of the network, creating a network of over 2,500 community leaders.

At the heart of our programs is connection. Whether participants are taking a community-focused program or a program to improve their public speaking skills, we are intentional in connecting all participants to one another. We believe magic happens through these connections.

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Benefits of Joining

The Purpose

The network exists to provide continued social connection, learning and growth through service, and opportunities for systems impact for graduates of leadership programs.

Stay Connected

The CGL newsletter keeps you informed about programs, upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and the happenings of CGL alumni. Keep your information updated to stay connected (opens in new window). Email if you need to create an account.

If you’re looking for volunteers, have a board position open, or want to share an update or affirmation you’d like to include in our CGL Newsletter, email Monica Mendez at

Expand Your Network

The Chamber offers endless opportunities to connect with leaders in the community. Whether through our cohort programs, happy hours, or our business exchange luncheons, you are guaranteed to expand your network.

Support Future Leaders

You have the opportunity to support future leaders and make a difference. Your contribution to the Create Great Leaders Scholarship Fund can help eliminate barriers in our community and foster future generations of local leaders!

Create Great Leaders Council

Art Betancourt | AEBetancourt | Council Chair

Alexis Reame | PNC | Vice Chair

Latoya Booker | Davenport University

Brooke Davis | Kenowa Hills Public Schools

Loic Dimithe | Miller Johnson

Robin Fox | The Red Project

Dilli Gautam | Bethany Christian Services

Jeff Karger | JLL

JD Loeks | StudioC

Michael Loughman | Holland Home Corporate Office

Jason Loepp | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Stella V. Michael | Corewell Health

Veronica Quintino-Aranda | Michigan State University

Carlos Sanchez | Davenport University

Kelli Smith | Porter Hills Foundation

Jenny Waugh | Fishbeck

Drew Wessell | Fiduciary Financial Advisors

Questions or Comments?

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Please reach out to:

Monica Mendez

Director of Talent & Leadership Programs

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