Each year, Cornerstone University holds two Business Breakfasts on campus. Join us to address relevant topics such as entrepreneurship, workplace conflict, creativity and innovation, the economic forecast, health care and community politics.
Our Business Breakfasts are complimentary events and feature networking opportunities for area business leaders, a keynote speaker or panel discussion and a delicious hot breakfast.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Diverse teams have the potential to measurably influence the global marketplace. During our 2018 fall Business Breakfast, panelists discussed the biblical foundations for diversity, challenges to achieving diversity in the workplace, opportunities to raise cross-cultural awareness and ways to improve teamwork and innovation among members of diverse teams. Dr. Jeff Savage, associate dean of business for our Professional & Graduate Studies division, served as the moderator.
- Topic: "Diversity in the Workplace: It's Non-Negotiable"
- Date: Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018
- Time: 7:30 a.m.
- Location: Gainey Conference Center, Cornerstone University
About Our Panelists
Robyn Afrik is the founder and the president of Afrik Advantage. Through working with businesses, non-profits and church groups, Afrik Advantage equips communities with the tools they need to become intentionally diverse.
With her passion for leadership, diversity, international adoption and race relations, Robyn continuously pursues creating a community that builds bridges.
Matt Taylor serves as a managing partner for Farm Bureau Insurance. As a licensed, multi-line insurance agent, Matt is a statewide leader at Farm Bureau Insurance, partnering with advisers by coaching and developing them to launch their own agency.
Shana Welch, executive director of talent acquisition for Mercy Health, oversees all aspects of employment branding, recruiting, sourcing, screening and selection of diverse and distinctive talent for the organization.
Shana's passion for cultivating innovative recruitment processes and workforce development strategies shines through as she equips Mercy Health with diverse and high-quality candidates.
Ben Wickstrom is the president and CEO of Erhardt Construction, a company that has been transforming the West Michigan area for over 55 years, including the construction of buildings such as the DeVos Place, the Van Andel Arena and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel tower.
By overseeing the operations at Erhardt Construction, Ben directs the company's growth and expansion strategies, applying his expertise and experience in general contracting and construction management.