Inforum Events


Great shout out to Inforum in new book hitting store shelves in March, "Road to Power: How GM's Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling" by Laura Colby. We continue to be in awe of GM's Mary Barra, a new-generation leader! Click here to read Carol Cain's Detroit Free Press review. 

Posted on 2/16/15

In 2005, 23 women decided to shake things up and formed Inforum West Michigan in Grand Rapids. 

Click here to see how far we've come and how important our work is still today.

Posted on 2/05/15
The ENERGY in the room at the Jan. 28 West Michigan 10-Year Anniversary Kickoff Celebration was remarkable and set the tone for the debut of the first video of a yearlong series to celebrate Inforum West Michigan. Click here to view the "Inforum is Energy" video.


Posted on 2/05/15

2015 marks a milestone in Inforum’s history with our 10th anniversary in West Michigan.

For a decade, Inforum and the West Michigan community have worked together to forge a future for women where talent meets opportunity at every level of leadership. This special occasion will be distinguished with a yearlong celebration as we set the stage for the next ten years and beyond.


Posted on 12/23/14

The Perfect Gift

As you are searching for the perfect holiday gift this season?
Consider the Gift of Inforum. Where else can you expand your professional network and forge relationships with women inside and outside of your industry?  Do you or someone you know enjoy learning about new ideas and hot topics?  What about skill building and personal development?  Inforum provides connections and experiences that you just cannot find anywhere else.  As an Inforum member, you're also connected to something bigger than yourself - you're supporting the growing contribution of women leaders in Michigan. 


"Pay it forward" with the Gift of Inforum.


One Size Fits All

  • an associate you are mentoring
  • a colleague just promoted
  • a professional new to the area
  • a college graduate
  • a friend in career transition
  • yourself

Click Here to Give

Posted on 11/25/14

Inforum is undertaking the most comprehensive survey of its kind in our organization’s history to better understand our members and discover new ways to deliver value and further improve member experience. Market research firm Intellisurvey is distributing the survey via email to ensure complete confidentiality. The online survey is available October 13 through October 24.

Survey questions cover three areas: 1) member experience and expectations; 2) new ideas for member services; and 3) member life stage and lifestyle. We’ll use insights from the survey to inform our work throughout the year.
Please share your feedback and in doing so help shape our future. We value your voice, your ideas, your opinion, and your experience. This is YOUR Inforum.
Posted on 9/29/14

Inforum Center for Leadership is proud to take part in the RiseDetroit Charity Challenge - an online fundraising campaign on CrowdRise funded by Mission Throttle and the Marjorie S. Fisher Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. The challenge runs through October 30.

ICL is competing against a number of other local nonprofits to raise the most funds to win up to a $50,000 bonus!

We need YOUR help!  Here’s what you can do:

- Go online here and please make a donation – every dollar counts!
- Tap into your extensive network of friends, family and associates and ask them to join you in donating to ICL (this can have a BIG impact)
Inforum Center for Leadership is forging a future for women where talent meets opportunity at all levels of leadership. Because when women are stronger, our community is stronger.
Your donation goes directly to scholarships for women in need who are in career transition, nonprofit leaders, Veterans, emerging entrepreneurs, and small business owners.
See what's possible. Get there faster.

Posted on 9/15/14
Inforum, a statewide women’s networking nonprofit, has elected its first chairperson from the West Michigan region. Patti Griswold, SVP of retail banking at Comerica Bank, took over the role of board chair in July. She will serve a one-year term.
Griswold has been involved with Detroit-based Inforum for nearly a decade, starting out with the organization in 2005 when it expanded its scope from southeast Michigan to also include West Michigan, becoming a statewide organization. Before 2005, Inforum had operated exclusively in southeast Michigan, since its founding in 1962.
Griswold served on the regional council beginning in 2005 and held the role of chair from 2007-2009. She joined the statewide Inforum board in 2007 and has been a member of the executive committee for the past four years. “I think it really underscores Inforum’s commitment as a statewide organization,” said Griswold of being elected chair.
Posted on 9/12/14


Great Lakes Bay Business magazine has announced the four 2014 recipients of its third annual Women Leaders Awards. The four recipients were nominated by their colleagues, and they were recognized for their demonstrated leadership and career accomplishments as determined by an independent panel of judges.

Inforum member Denise Beachy, president, Hemlock Semiconductor was named The 2014 Business Executive. Also being recognized is Inforum member Beth Bryce, director of career services and adjunct professor, Northwood Universitywith the The Mentor/Career Advocate Award. Others being recognized include Patti Bayne Tomczak, CEO and president, Bayne’s Apple Valley Farm, Inc. and Cameron Learman, neuroscience research assistant, Field Neurosciences Institute.

Posted on 9/12/14

Inforum Center for Leadership (ICL), the education and research arm of Inforum, received renewed funding from Detroit's New Economy Initiative (NEI).  ICL was awarded $300,000 by NEI, a special project of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, to continue its inGAGE initiative to accelerate the success of women-led technology ventures.

Posted on 8/22/14

Upcoming Events

3/21/15 | Saturday | Great Lakes Bay (WIL), Mid Michigan, Southeast Michigan, Southwest Michigan, West Michigan