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Thursday, November 7, 2024 | 1:30 - 5:30 PM

New Vintage Place | 889 Broadway Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

The Brilliance Summit provides a platform for Brilliance Awards finalists and honorees to impart their wisdom, insight and lessons learned in their development as leaders. Offering opportunities for personal and professional networking, the Brilliance Summit invites guests to connect with those recognized and learn the stories that lead to the awards. 

We invite you to be a key part of the Brilliance Summit—a half-day event aimed to inspire and strengthen leadership capabilities of women
at all professional levels.

Topics of discussion and reflection will focus on issues and solutions involved in entrepreneurship, social change, service, mentorship and connection.

Attire: Business Casual

Drinks and light snacks will be provided

Agenda

Featuring Meredith Bronk, Zaneta Adams, JD & Brilliance Awards Finalists

1:30 - 1:40 - Welcome from West Michigan Woman

1:40 - 2:00 - Presentation by Meredith Bronk

2:00 - 2:50 - Panel Discussion: What Does it Take to Step Up and Stand Out? 

2:50 - 3:10 - Networking Break

3:10 - 3:25 - Presentation by Zaneta Adams, JD

3:25 - 3:40 - Interview: Breaking Barriers

3:40 - 4:00 - Interview: Brilliant Woman of the Year

4:00 - 4:25 - Audience Q&A

4:25 - 4:30 - Closing Remarks

4:30 - 5:30 - Networking Reception

Presenters

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Meredith Bronk, 2019 Woman of the Year

After nearly 25 years of helping to grow global technology consultancy OST from its start-up phase, to a 350-person global digital consultancy, Meredith Bronk transitioned from her tenure as CEO and President of the business in September 2022.  

By early 2023, Meredith joined private investment firm Graham Allen Partners to lead its Value Creation team, leveraging the leadership lessons learned in an authentic, approachable way that builds trust. The commitment to building sustainable profitability while keeping people first is a core philosophy that is easy to talk about, but hard to execute. It’s one that Meredith is passionate about and excited to teach as she engages with businesses executing their own growth and transformation strategies in her role at Graham Allen Partners – and everywhere she goes! 

Meredith earned her MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and her BA in Business Administration from Alma College, where she also played softball.  The mother of three daughters, some of her favorite lessons extend from the boardroom to the softball field, where she also coached her girls. Today, you will find her with her husband, daughters, and surrounded by others still coaching and teaching those lessons in business and life.

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Zaneta Adams, JD, 2023 Woman of the Year

As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. Adams provides strategic advice and guidance to the OPIA Assistant Secretary, Secretary, Undersecretaries for Health, Benefits and Memorial Affairs, and all other VA staff offices by fostering and enhancing government partnerships and acting as liaison between VA and the White House, federal, state, county, municipal, tribal, insular and international governments, rural and faith-based communities. 

Prior to being named Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. Adams served as Director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from June 2019 thru December 2022. She was the first woman Veteran in Michigan history to be appointed to a governor’s cabinet position. 

In 2006, after eight years of enlisted service in the U.S. Army, National Guard and Reserve, Adams was medically discharged with honor. During her time in the military, Adams served as a Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force Agent for the National Guard. Prior to her appointment to the MVAA, she was an attorney at Williams Hughes PLLC, assisting Veterans with compensation and pension appeals. 

Adams has consistently demonstrated leadership through service and board membership. She is the former President and founded WINC For All Women Veterans. She recently served on the advisory board for Fisher House Michigan and as a board member for the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, Mercy Health Physician Partners and Challenge America. She was also an appointed member of the VA’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention Workgroup. 

In 2021, Adams was named a Women Veteran Trailblazer by the VA’s Center for Women Veterans. She also recently told her story for a VA’s Million Veteran Program documentary, which was recently submitted for a regional Emmy. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia College and a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan Cooley Law School, where she also taught veterans’ law as an adjunct professor. She has been married to Joseph Adams, an Army Veteran for over 23 years and has 6 children (including 2 sets of twins). 

Presenting Sponsor

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To sponsor this event, contact Susan at [email protected] or (616) 458-8371.