Join us on November 1st for The Leadership Dinner which has become one of the premier events to network with corporate and community leaders throughout Western Michigan.
The event serves as a key platform to share and engage the community in ways to foster greater leadership capability for youth. The annual Leadership Dinner allows members of the community to gather, celebrate, and learn about leadership and recognize local leaders in action.
We are excited to be honoring the leadership of David and Leslie Hooker with Scouting’s North Star Award. For nearly 17 years, David served as President & CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and is President and Manager of Greenville Partners and Executive Manager of Greenville Asset Management. David is a trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and a former trustee and board chair of Grand Valley State University. Leslie co-founded Beer City Dog Biscuits (BCDB) in 2018. BCDB is a nonprofit providing vocational training and employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leslie’s professional pursuits include project management at Williams Marketing and as a consultant for Etcetera women’s clothing before co-founding BCDB. She has volunteered in Grand Rapids for 32 years including serving on the board of the West Michigan Hispanic Center and the Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
The evening’s guest speaker is Brad Tilden, retired Chair and CEO of Alaska Airlines Group and the evenings moderator is Laurie Champion, Managing Director at Marsh and McLennan Companies.
For decades strong caring leadership has been at the core of our region’s growth and quality of life. The Scouting program has been successful and now many of our community and business leaders have a history in Scouting participation and achievement.
We know we can learn from each other; we can learn from those that have demonstrated exceptional leadership talent right here in our community; and we can learn from leaders on a national and global stage who can share insights and perspectives that we can put to work in our community and professions. We must also be deliberate about investing in leadership education that can be accessed by every child in the community, so that our future leadership talent is developed.
All proceeds are used to help our youth take advantage of leadership education programs. For over 112 years the Boy Scouts of America has been known as one of the world’s premier youth leadership education organizations, and now, at the new 38 acre Adventure Point, schools and other youth organizations can access leadership programs. Adventure Point is the region’s premier youth center focused on leadership, STEM, sustainability, and outdoor adventure. Both programs serve all children: boys and girls, kindergarten through 12th grade, from all backgrounds, regardless of economic ability.
The event will serve as a key platform to share and engage the community in ways to foster greater leadership access for youth here in Grand Rapids.
Leadership is a lifelong quest. For decades strong caring leadership has been at the core of our wonderful region’s growth and quality of life. Join us for this community gathering to celebrate, recognize, and learn about leadership.
Here in West Michigan, we are known for our ability to get things done. That is a testament to the quality of leaders we have.
Whether you are a corporate sponsor or an individual, this is an opportunity to network with some of the area’s prominent leaders, and also help our youth.
The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a reception in the Grand Gallery followed by dinner and program. For more information and to register, visit www.michiganscouting.org/leadershipdinner