Grand Rapids Chamber Announces 2018 Center for Community Leadership Award Recipients

Grand Rapids, Mich., (May 15, 2018) – The Grand Rapids Chamber is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Center for Community Leadership (CCL) Awards, to be presented at the upcoming CCL Fundraiser on Thursday, June 20, from 5 pm – 8 pm at Bissell Tree House at the John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. in Grand Rapids.

“These leaders have taken the foundational principles explored through CCL programs and have integrated them into their work and their leadership in the community,” says Megan Smith Jovanovic, VP of Talent Development at the Grand Rapids Chamber. “Our annual fundraiser is the opportunity to celebrate their contributions and inspire others.”

The CCL Awards recognize members of the community for exceptional work that makes Grand Rapids a community of uncommon greatness in the areas for community connections, diversity, leadership skills and systems thinking. The winner of the Distinguished Community Trustee award embodies the mission of CCL and demonstrates a servant leader and community steward mind set.

2018 Center for Community Leadership Award Recipients

Community Connections: Ellen Carpenter,Heart of West Michigan United Way
Diversity: Mercy Health
Leadership Skills: Michael Loughman, Holland Home
Systems Thinking: Jeremy Moore, Spectrum Health
Distinguished Community: Trustee Barbara Rapaport, Real-Time Perspectives

The CCL Annual Fundraiser, hosted by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, directly benefits the scholarships that enable new leaders to grow and make connections through CCL’s various community leadership and skill-building programs each year. More than $20,000 in scholarships were granted in 2017. Center for Community Leadership Fundraiser Thursday, June 20, 2018 5 – 8 p.m. Bissel Tree House – John Ball Zoo 1300 W. Fulton St. Grand Rapids 49504 To register, visit:

To schedule media interviews and request media passes for the fundraiser, please contact Sarah Cavanaugh at 616-560-3627 or

About the Center for Community Leadership
The Center for Community Leadership, a program of the Grand Rapids Chamber, is committed to enhancing and connecting leaders from business, non-profits and government. For more than 30 years, CCL’s diverse portfolio of programming has empowered participants with a comprehensive understanding of our community’s challenges and opportunities, preparing them for their leadership roles.



Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers; and Priority Health, a health plan that served one million members in fiscal year 2018. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $434 million in community benefit during its 2018 fiscal year. Spectrum Health has earned recognition as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems six times by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Beth Cranson
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