Graci Harkema: Authentic Leadership From Within

Friday, February 11, 2022
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Graci Harkema: Authentic Leadership From Within

Leadership is not a destination. Instead, it is a process of continually learning and reflecting on where we've been and envisioning how we can make the world more how we'd like it to be. Leadership development can also be a deeply personal process. Graci Harkema will be the first to tell you that. As the owner of Graci LLC, an international diversity, equity & inclusion consulting firm, she is committed to helping clients build equitable and inclusive work environments where employees are empowered to perform to their potential as their true selves.

Graci's leadership also reflects her commitment to the community, serving on several LGBTQ non-profit boards and committees. She is an avid supporter of her parents' faith-based non-profit, Heart for Central Africa, in her hometown in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Graci has twice been recognized as a '40 Under Forty Business Leader of West Michigan' and as one of the 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders of West Michigan' by Grand Rapids Business Journal in 2020 and 2021. Join the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy fellow candidates as Graci shares her lessons in leading others and ourselves.

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Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

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The Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy is a leadership development program for 60+ undergraduate and graduate students during the academic year. The program is co-curricular and cross-disciplinary putting our student fellow candidates through a rigorous curriculum of training, assessment, and practice designed to instill leadership excellence. Candidates are admitted to the Cook Leadership Academy for one or more years. Each applicant must meet the criteria of high academic achievement, active involvement in the campus community, dedication to the public good, a passion to lead, and a commitment to personal growth.

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This event was added to the calendar by LakerLink Registered Student Organizations ( on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 and was last updated on Friday, February 11, 2022 at 5:01 p.m.