Upcoming Events

About OutPro

As a champion for a diverse and inclusive community, the Chamber is proud to provide OutPro, an LGBTQ+ professionals group that can serve as both a resource to employers and employees, as well as an affinity group for the LGBTQ+ community. 


OutPro promotes a welcoming culture in the West Michigan community and offers social and professional networking opportunities throughout the city. OutPro events are attended by professionals at all career levels, representing a diversity of corporations, small businesses, and public and non-profit organizations.

Our OutPro events are inclusive
Everyone is welcome at our OutPro events

Interested in joining the OutPro Council?

The OutPro Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month and helps with planning OutPro events throughout the year. The Council has spots for up to 15 members and is open to LGBTQ+ professionals and allies.

Those interested in participating in the OutPro Council should contact Monica Mendez, Talent Development Manager, at (616) 771-0315 or monica@grandrapids.org.

Courtney Failer | She/Her | Warner Norcross + Judd LLP | Council Chair 

Carlos Kulas-Dominguez | He/Him | Cherry Health

Charissa Huang | She/Her | Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, PC

Janelle Burden Hill | She/Her | Arbor Circle

Jeff Sorensen | He/Him | Lake Michigan Credit Union

Megan Persons | She/Her | Grand Rapids Public Schools

Natalie Drew | She/Her | Aramark | GVSU

Wayne Bersano | He/Him | New York Life Insurance

Eirann Betka-Pope | They/Them | Betka-Pope Productions, LLC

Kayla Benda | She/Her | Oh, Hello Branding Group

Cat Reveles | She/Her | The Rapid

Sol Hernandez | She/Her | Fifth Third Bank

Kailyn Hamm | She/Her | HR Collaborative

Questions or Comments?

Headshot of Monica Mendez

Please reach out to:

Monica Mendez

Director of Talent & Leadership Programs