West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a luncheon examining the triple-bottom-line impacts of employee development and advancement on Monday, July 11 at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center from 12 to 2 pm.
Featured speaker is Kenyatta Brame, Executive Vice President of Cascade Engineering, who will discuss the critical importance of worker opportunity and equity to an organization’s sustainability strategy, its long-term profitability, and community prosperity. West Michigan Works! and GRCC Workforce Training will also present on available resources and financial incentives for employee training and development.
A tour of the recently updated ATC facility will immediately follow the meeting, including a stop at the school’s new training brewery.
Cascade Engineering has distinguished itself as West Michigan’s most progressive employer, through innovative programs that provide access to meaningful, thriving careers for workers of all backgrounds and situations. Its Welfare to Career, Anti-Racism Awareness, and Re-Entry Employment Resource Center have been assets to both its internal culture and the greater community.
Brame joined the company in 2006 and has been crucial in leading several of its Employer of Choice initiatives including B Corp certification and a Full Partner designation from the Partners for a Racism-Free Community. Prior to joining CE he was the Senior Vice President for Operations and Merchandising at Sysco Food Services of Grand Rapids, LLC and served as a practicing attorney for Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cumminsky, P.L.C. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Raised in Grand Rapids, Brame holds numerous degrees including a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College.