Grand Rapids Chamber Welcomes New Talent Development Manager

Grand Rapids Chamber Welcomes New Talent Development Manager(Grand Rapids, Mich. – December 15, 2020) — The Grand Rapids Chamber welcomes Monica Mendez to the Talent Development Team as Talent Development Manager. Monica is responsible for overseeing Leading Edge, Leadership Advantage, and expanding upon ATHENA Grand Rapids programming. Additionally, Monica will provide support and connections to Grand Rapids Chamber members and their various talent needs.

An immigrant from Mexico, Monica came to the United States 20 years ago pursuing a life dream. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a business professional in a variety of different sales roles, and while finding success, she always felt drawn to other causes.

“This past year has reminded me to embrace what is most important to me, which is creating positive change in my community,” said Monica Mendez, Talent Development Manager at the Grand Rapids Chamber. “I believe our community thrives when people never stop challenging themselves physically, ideologically, personally, and professionally.”

“Monica’s passion for business and women, coupled with her impressive resume working in the for-profit sector will be a powerful addition to the Grand Rapids Chamber,” said Mel Trombley, Director of Leadership Programs. “Monica’s business acumen will be a driving force to the continued success and intentional expansion of our talent programming.”

Quick facts about Monica include – 

  • Magna Cum Laude graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in International Business
  • An activist and an active person, enjoys soccer, road cycling, Bootcamp, and running
  • Humbly excited and inspired by this opportunity

The Grand Rapids Chamber is currently accepting applications for Leadership Advantage and Leading Edge.

For questions or to send a welcome, contact Monica at

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About the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce 

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce leads the business community in creating a dynamic, top-of-mind West Michigan region. Together with over 2,500 member businesses (80% of which are small businesses with fewer than 50 employees), we work to expand the influence, access, and information required to actively encourage entrepreneurial growth and community leadership. We offer the connections, resources, and insights needed to develop strong leaders, engage a diverse workforce, foster an inclusive and welcoming community, and advance a vibrant business environment that nurtures economic prosperity for all. Learn more at



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