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Honors Fireside Chat with Dante Villarreal

Honors Fireside Chat with Dante Villarreal

Date and Time

Monday, February 17, 2020
7:00 p.m.


  • Niemeyer Learning & Living Center, Chamberlain Multipurpose Room


Join us for the third fireside chat of the 2019-20 academic year hosted by our Meijer Endowed Chair and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. Our guest will be Dante Villarreal, Vice President of Business and Talent Development at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Villarreal is also a GVSU alumnus! The chat will take place by the fireplace in the Chamberlain MPR in the Niemeyer building.

Mr. Villarreal oversees Business Services, Talent Development, and the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs at the Chamber. This work leads to a stronger and thriving West Michigan for ALL. Prior to this, he was the Regional Director for the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Grand Valley State University. He is originally from South Texas, with his parents coming from Tamaulipas, Mexico. Early in his life, his family traveled as migrant farmworkers to several states a year following the crop harvest.  Every fall, they would come to West Michigan and work the apple orchards and other corps, eventually settling out in the Grand Rapids area.

Dante holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business and a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. He is active in his community and serves on several boards and organizations, including the Family Business Alliance, the Downtown Market, Grand Rapids SmartZone, and Grand Rapids Sister Cities.



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