Emcees

Juliet joined WZZM 13 News as weeknight anchor in April of 1991.
In addition to anchoring the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, Juliet is also the station spokesperson for WZZM 13's “Friends for Life” campaign, which encourages monthly breast self-exams for early detection of breast cancer. She launched the “Friends for Life” campaign in 1997 and has served as emcee and honorary co-chair of “Race for the Cure” for over 15 years.
She volunteers for many other community causes and events; including Special Olympics Michigan, Brain Injury Association of Michigan, American Cancer Society's “Relay For Life,” Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan and Catholic Charities West Michigan. She is most passionate about causes that help families in West Michigan.
Juliet currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Michigan. She has served on the board of directors for the American Red Cross Blood Services Division – Great Lakes Region.
In 2013, Juliet was nominated for an Emmy Award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences for her work as a news anchor.
In 2009, Juliet was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at her high school in Western Pennsylvania.
She's been nominated for the “Athena Award,” which recognizes women who help other women in their professional careers.
She's also received the “Professionalism Award” from American Women in Radio and Television, the “Local Hero Award” from Grand Rapids Komen for the Cure, the “Outstanding Media Award” twice from Special Olympics Michigan and was recently presented with an award from the “Brain Injury Association of Michigan” for her many years of volunteer work in helping to bring about awareness of patients and families affected by brain injuries.
“Outstanding Young Women of America” and “Who's Who” have named Juliet in their publications.
Juliet is a native of Pittsburgh and is an avid fan of the NFL, especially the Steelers and Lions.
Juliet loves ballroom dancing and travel. She and her husband, Phil, live in the Rockford area.

Steve Kelly

WOOD RadioSteve Kelly is the morning show co-host and sports director of West Michigan’s Morning News on News Radio WOOD 1300. He’s been in West Michigan since 1996, also doing morning shows on Star 105.7 and 104.5 WSNX. Steve has been married to his wife, Sandy, for over 20 years and has two beautiful daughters, Caitlin and Madison, all of whom have him wrapped around their fingers! He is a 1987 graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Telecommunications and minors in English and Psychology. Steve’s interests include long distance running, golf and the great outdoors.

Speakers

Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) , Metro HealthDr. Rhae-Ann Booker serves as the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Davenport University. She earned both her MSW and PhD in Evaluation, Measurement and Research Design at Western Michigan University, and her BA in Sociology at Calvin College. Her research interests include diversity strategies, organizational development, and college access. She leads strategic planning and the development of training curricula and programs to strengthen skills and commitment for compositionally and behaviorally advancing inclusion.

Matt Jung

Co-owner, Comfort ResearchMatt Jung, is an entrepreneur, business owner, leader, culture-catalyst, disrupter, innovator, and industry-leading producer of the Big Joe Brand, the coolest consumer products in the universe. Founded in 1996 with his college roommate Chip George, their company Comfort Research is a lifestyle, product design, engineering, and manufacturing company, based in the heart of West Michigan. They have evolved from selling foam beanbags out of our college dorms to selling disruptive products through the likes of Wal-Mart, Meijer, Amazon, and Costco.

Now, over 22 years later after our first iteration of their chairs, they have gotten pretty good at pushing the boundaries of what is possible all the while building the Big Joe brand. In doing so, they focused on:

  • Innovating in simple and disruptive ways.
  • Creating a great workplace where Ambassadors can thrive by building an infectious culture of passionate and empowered people.
  • Minimizing waste to lessen manufacturing’s impact on the world by being lean and green.
  • Investing 10% of company profits back into local and global communities.