West Michigan Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups bring members together around common interests.  They are led by members for members and are a great way to broaden your network, socialize, develop deeper business relationships, and simply recharge your batteries.

Joining an Affinity Group means you'll receive communication about upcoming gatherings directly from the group's leaders, you can easily register online, and you are able to participate in conversations with other members on the affinity group's dedicated webpage.

Members are welcome to join any Affinity Group across Inforum's five regions. Whatever your interest, you are likely to find an Affinity Group that suits you.  And if you can't find one, you might be inspired to start one of your own.

Guests are encouraged to attend one Inforum Affinity Group meeting prior to joining Inforum.  Continued participation in Inforum Affinity Groups is a benefit of membership in Inforum.

To join an Affinity Group, log-in to the Inforum website with your member username and password.  Click on Affinity Groups in the top red navigation bar (you can choose to view either a statewide list or region-specific list).  Find a group that interests you and click on the hyperlink to go to the group's webpage.  Click "Join" in the lower right-hand corner.

Questions? Please contact 'Tember Shea at Inforum, tshea@inforummichigan.org.

Special thanks to the Inforum members who volunteer their time to lead Affinity Group gatherings as a benefit to other Inforum members!

 

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Arts & Culture
Join us to support Arts & Culture in West Michigan! Attend performances, concerts, exhibits, and special events through the Grand Rapids Symphony, Opera Grand Rapids, Broadway Grand Rapids, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), St. Cecilia Music Center, Circle Theatre and Meijer Gardens. Events are held typically once a month with a networking dinner at a designated restaurant prior to the event.

Book Therapy
Network and discuss ideas and perspectives with other Inforum members. "Book Therapy" offers a relaxed meeting centered around discussion of both literary and professionally-focused books. Group leaders facilitate an interactive discussion where attendees are encouraged (but not required) to share their experiences and opinions on the book as well as related topics.

Breakfast Networking
Meet monthly, for low cost networking with other Inforum members, who are interested in establishing and building professional relationships. Come as you can, buy yourself some tea, coffee or a bagel, and join our Breakfast Club!

Financial Literacy
Quarterly meetings to network and learn how to be more financially savvy.  Learn how to better prepare for your financial future through education.

Ignite!
For professionals who aspire to excellence in their personal and professional lives, this unique affinity group incorporates personal and professional development workshops, mastermind groups, and experiential exercises. Participants will gain clarity, receive feedback, uncover roadblocks, set action steps, and achieve greater success and satisfaction.

Lend a Hand of West Michigan
A group in which members will be involved with several volunteer activities around the greater Grand Rapids area throughout the year, gaining the opportunity to develop closer relationships with other Inforum members, meet volunteers from other organizations, and give their time and effort to worthy causes.

Mothers of West Michigan
Join other working mothers and network informally. This group will get together for events that will be family friendly including visits to parks, playgrounds, etc. Bring your spouse and let the family play while discussing common issues with other women.

Networking Dinners
Meet for dinner at a West Michigan area restaurant to network with other Inforum members. Plan to order dinner off the menu, pay your own check, and relax and enjoy! Bring plenty of business cards.

Networking Lunch
Meet for lunch at a West Michigan area restaurant with other Inforum members. "Feed your mind. Feed your stomach. Feed your network!" Plan to order lunch off the menu, pay your owncheck, and have fun as we build professional relationships.

Small Business/Entrepreneurship
Thinking of starting a small business? Would you like your small business to grow? Check out the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Affinity Group...You'll network with successful small business owners and learn about tools and resources to grow your small business.

Social Media
Join a group of Inforum members who meet quarterly to learn how to navigate the social media landscape.  Explore different topics and learn tips and tricks that will help increase your confidence level when using social media networks.

Wine Lovers of West Michigan
Join a group of Inforum women in a relaxing environment, to partake in the pairing of delicious and unusual wines with various menu items. The group meets and enjoys an evening of fun, in different locations around the West Michigan area. No knowledge of wine is necessary, just the desire to relax, meet people and enjoy!

Young Professionals
Join other young working professionals and build a network through social activities. Activities occur during the daytime and evening. This is a great opportunity to meet other women that are facing similar life situations and challenges.

Upcoming Events

4/24/14 | Thursday | Mid Michigan
4/29/14 | Tuesday | Southwest Michigan
4/29/14 | Tuesday | West Michigan