The BE Event is designed to help us build up a community of women supporting women. Giving: your time, your talents, and yes, your money, are just some of the ways we can build each other up while building our community as well. Let’s focus on how we can give in meaningful ways that fill us up and support us all.
Robyn Afrik, Giving
Robyn serves as the first Director for the Ottawa County Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), established in 2019. In this role, Robyn is responsible for leading a DEI strategic plan and assessing implicit bias in current policies and decision-making processes with a goal to operationalize DEI throughout the organization.
Prior to this, Robyn has held leadership roles in non-profit, government, and the corporate sector, as well as speaking and consulting through her own (woman minority-owned) business.
Robyn serves on Shape Corporation’s Corporate Inclusion Advisory Board, the Racial Equity Steering Committee for Hope College, and Talent 2025’s D&I Workgroup. She is a co-author of Becoming Like Creoles: Living and Leading at the Intersection of Injustice, Culture and Religion (Fortress Press), a professor at Hope College, and co-founder of Women of Color Give, a philanthropy collective and grant-making fund at the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area for women of color and BIPOC Leaders.
Robyn earned her Masters of Science (MS) Management, Strategy and Leadership from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (MSU), a Bachelor of Science Management (BSM) from Cornerstone University (CU), studied social work at Valparaiso University (VU) and is certified in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) & Unconscious Bias from the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Center. She is Board Certified from the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). She is also a certified National Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), and holds a public leadership certification from Cornell University.
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