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EQ Essentials

Emotional Intelligence is widely recognized as a critical competency for effective leadership. Known by its shorthand “EQ,” the term is now firmly planted in our business lexicon. The concept of EQ underscores the fact that intelligence and subject matter expertise are merely starting points for leadership development.

Inforum’s EQ Essentials goes beyond explaining EQ: the course gives you a step-by-step approach to increase your EQ and is an ideal precursor to Inforum’s Executive Leadership program.

Target Participant: Early Career, Mid Career

Course Starts: August 3
Locations: Virtual
Applications Due:
July 27

Ascending to the C-Suite

This unique and experiential program is designed for senior-level women executives who aspire to the C-suite. “Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice,” combines the world’s leading business thinkers from Michigan Ross with leading business practitioners for a transformational leadership development experience.

Participants will dive deep into key business topics and leadership practices while hearing unfiltered insight and first-hand stories from executive role models. Participants will share a similar breadth and depth of experience in a learning environment that will foster strategic connections and relationships beyond the classroom.

Topics that will be covered in depth include business strategic and financial acumen, social styles, positive leadership, persuasion and influence, crisis communication, and true networks.

Target Participant: Senior Executive

Course Starts: October 2
Locations: In-Person
Applications Due:
September 1

Just Released

In support of our commitment to accelerating the careers of Next Gen leaders, Meet Them features pairs of high level and rising professionals tackling a variety of important subjects from both their shared and individual perspectives. Our goal is to uncover ways we all can succeed and learn from each other.

Meet Them
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Barriers to Career Success with Jill Dark & Thao Lai

Upcoming Events


Corewell Health’s Robotics Automation Journey

For decades healthcare has utilized robots to enhance surgical services and other duties behind the scenes caring for patients. Corewell Health has extended the use of robotics into far more visible tasks including patient meal delivery, laundry processing, and supply delivery within the healthcare setting. Join us May 31 to learn what it means to introduce robotics and automation in spaces shared by care providers, patients, families, and the public. Embracing robotics and automation requires enhanced workforce skills and extensive communication and change management. Hear about past false starts, current successes, and where Corewell Health hopes to go in the future.

May 31, 2023
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Corewell Health – Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids

Learning Lab: Results-Driven Teamwork: How to Build Trust, Accountability, & Commitment on Your Team

In the modern workplace, team members must navigate an environment that is in constant flux. That’s no easy task, and employees must be flexible, socially adept, and relationship-savvy in order to navigate interpersonal challenges and achieve collective gains within and across their teams. But solid teamwork doesn’t happen overnight, and it’s not necessarily an innate skill. Teamwork must be developed and practiced.

We will explore how to build trust, accountability, and commitment so that teams can achieve impactful, sustainable results. Participants will walk away with practical tips that they can employ to immediately begin building more cohesive teams within their organization.

June 8, 2023
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Inforum’s 61st Annual Meeting

The pace of change has never been faster, and although it can be exhilarating, it can also feel like just … too … much. At Inforum, we’ve seen a lot of change over the past six decades, and we’ve learned that change – approached well – can be fulfilling and sometimes exhilarating.

So please join us from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on June 15 at the Troy Marriott for our 61st annual meeting titled “The Joy of Change.” We’ll hear from two inspirational leaders in a fireside chat led by a third – We believe you’ll leave feeling energized and rejuvenated.


Pam Ries, founder & CEO, Thrive Consulting
Trina Scott, vice president, civic and community affairs, Rocket Cos.


Lynnette Collins, director of learning & development, Steelcase

June 15, 2023
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Troy Marriot, Steelcase – Grand Rapids, or Virtual

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