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The 2022 Brilliance Awards, an annual celebration of the dynamic talent, spirit and intellect of those who tackle issues facing professional women, took place May 12 at the Amway Grand Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.
As the West Michigan Woman community gathered once more for an evening filled with awards, drinks, dining and music, we were reminded of the many inspiring stories of the women and men within the community who truly elevate others and blaze trails of inspiration.
The successes of local women and men were honored across 10 categories, with nominees including top executives, business owners, emerging leaders, team players, mentors, connectors and social change agents. Ultimately, three finalists for each category, and eventually a top honoree, were carefully selected from nearly 400 nominations—making 2022 a record-breaking year.
“The energy of the event was incredibly inspiring, and I think I can speak for myself and those who were in attendance that a sense of celebration and collaboration was truly felt throughout the evening,” said Kasie Smith, President and Publisher of West Michigan Woman. “I'm honored that the Brilliance Awards helps bring so many brilliant minds together in one room to be recognized and connect.”
The tables, adorned with candles and purple floral arrangements, made for the perfect setting to say "cheers" to all being honored. The award presentations were given in between meal courses, offering attendees a chance to enjoy their dinners while also connecting and continuing conversations from the cocktail hour prior to the program's start.
From heartfelt acceptance speeches to cheers from steadfast supporters, everyone in attendance was touched by inspiration in some way and left motivated and ready to change the world, much like our brilliant 2022 finalists and top honorees. Keep reading to meet them all.