Celebrating our 40 Under 40 CGL Alumni

Celebrating our 40 Under 40 CGL Alumni

Our talent programs develop great leaders – and that’s why 13 of this year’s 40 Under 40 Business Leaders are Create Great Leaders alumni.

These top leaders are shaping our region and taking our businesses by storm. Whether they’ve participated in a skill-based coaching program or dove into the issues facing our communities, they’ve all made it a priority to grow as individuals.

Meet the 2022 40 Under 40 Leaders from our Create Great Leaders programs below!

Leadership Grand Rapids Alumni

The Leadership Grand Rapids program fosters the development of community trustees and equips them with knowledge and experiences to serve as impactful stewards of our community. Congratulations to our Leadership Grand Rapids 40 Under 40 alumni:

Ciarra Adkins, Class of 2021
Jamon Alexander, Class of 2014
Mercedes Barragan, Class of 2018
Miriam Andrade Cuevas, Class of 2022
Stephanie Kolakowski, Class of 2020
Stella Michael, Class of 2022
Jenine Torres, Class of 2016
Mel Trombley, Class of 2017
Cameron Young, Class of 2016

Leadership Advantage Alumna

Leadership Advantage is an intensive skills-based executive leadership coaching program that enhances the critical thinking skills of emerging and established leaders. Congratulations to Latricia Trice, Leadership Advantage Class of 2012 graduate!

Leading Edge Alumna

Leading Edge is a coaching program for women leaders in the workplace that uses practical concepts, exercises, and experimentation to help create a successful path forward. Congratulations to Yadira Garza Malone, Leading Edge Class of 2019 alumna!

Emerging Leaders Alumnus

Emerging Leaders expands the horizons of emerging professionals by actively engaging them in the community. Congratulations to Zachary Verhulst, Emerging Leaders Class of 2016 graduate!

Speak with Purpose Alumna

Speak with Purpose is designed to equip participants with the skills and confidence necessary to organize and deliver effective presentations. Congratulations to our very own Brooke Oosterman, Speak with Purpose Class of 2022 graduate!


In addition to our CGL alumni, we also want to congratulate our Chamber family for receiving these awards!

Brooke Oosterman, Director of Policy and Communications at Housing Next and Yadira Garza-Malone, Director of Development at the Grand Rapids Chamber have worked diligently throughout their careers to bring great things to our city. Check out this video to learn more about their contributions to our community!

Finally, we’re also celebrating our incoming board member Zachary Verhulst! Zachary serves as the Founder and Managing Principal at Pure Architects, and will be joining our board this coming year.


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