Third Annual Breakfast of Conservation Champions

 Friday, May 12, 2017 / 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Sponsorship generously provided by:

Superior SPONSOR


MICHIgan Sponsor

Denis Pierce



 Kate Pew Wolters


Blandford Nature Center*

Conduit Studio

Goodrich Quality Theaters

Grand Valley State University

John Hunting

Irwin Seating Company

Kalsec Inc.

Kent County Parks Foundation*

Land Conservancy of West Michigan*

OST (Open Systems Technologies)

The Honorable Steve Pestka & Alicia Pestka

Public Sector Consultants

Spectrum Health

West Michigan Environmental Action Council*

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum*


Essence Restaurant Group

Bill and Kay Farr*

William and Cecile Fehsenfeld

George and Susan Heartwell

John McGarry

Rockford Construction

*(Denotes gift made to Michigan LCV Education Fund)

Join us as we redefine “business as usual” in Grand Rapids. Help us celebrate leaders who are blazing a trail, stewarding Michigan’s land, air, and water for generations to come.

Keynote Speaker

Jocelyn Benson

Jocelyn Benson is CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). At RISE, Benson is working with top sports leagues, organizations, athletes, educators, professionals, and media networks to improve race relations by promoting understanding, respect and equality. Benson comes from a background in civil rights law, education law, and election law and served as dean of Wayne State Law School from 2012-2016.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

2017 Honorees

Outstanding Community Leader (Individual)

Kenyatta Brame

As Executive Vice President, Kenyatta Brame is a driving force for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Cascade Engineering, helping create a pipeline of growth opportunities for employees of color while fostering new business partnerships.

Outstanding Community Leader (Business)

OST (Open Systems Technologies)

OST is partnering with Grand Rapids Public Schools to take learning outside the classroom and bring 5th grade students to Lake Michigan—many for the first time—for a one-of-a-kind place-based educational experience.

George Heartwell Emerging Leader

Sarah Chartier

Sarah Chartier works as Sustainability Program Manager for Spectrum Health, reducing waste and mitigating the hospital system’s environmental footprint. She also has leadership roles in the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and the 2030 District Leadership Council.

Questions or RSVP: Contact our events team at or 616-288-3057.

Photo Highlights from last year’s event: