Event Agenda

9:30 am

Registration & Networking

10:00 am

Welcome and Morning Kickoff

10:05 a.m.

Best Practices from the Nation’s Elite Employers

Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO of the Best and Brightest Programs,
will share some of the most interesting and innovative practices from
the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For from across the nation.
She will also provide supporting statistical data and case studies
gleaned from company surveys of all sizes.

10:25 a.m.

Community Initiative: Partnering with West Michigan Veteran Coalition

This session will improve the lives of veterans and their families by connecting
them to available resources, services and employers throughout West Michigan.

10:45 a.m.


11:00 am

Keynote Speaker: Dick DeVos, President, The Windquest Group

Dick DeVos has worked in a variety of executive positions for Amway,
the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and The Windquest Group, where he
currently serves as President. The program will start with a five minute
opening address and will follow with a fireside chat with questions
posed from business leaders throughout Michigan. The fireside chat will be
moderated by Carole Valade, 15 year Best and Brightest Advisory Board
Member and editor of Gemini Publications.
Moderator: Carole Valade
Gemini Publications

Carole Valade

Dick Devos, President, The Windquest Group

11:35 a.m.

Recruitment, Engagement & Talent Management: Elite Winner Discussion

Shelley Irwin will lead a discussion with the 2016 Best and Brightest
Elite Winners from West Michigan. These Elite Winners will share best
practices, explore current workplace trends and will discuss their
journey on becoming an Elite Winner. They will be available for one-on-
one discussions in our Elite Winner Reception area offering advice on culture,
employee engagement and retaining the best talent.

Troy Mossel

Rhonda Huismann

Silvia Dimma

Brent Brinks, Exec. Vice President, Buist Group

Shelley Irwin

12:10 p.m.

Interactive Break: Elite Panelist Reception Area in Exhibit Gallery

12:35 p.m.


2:30 p.m.