Fireside Chats: Fall 2022
Monday, October 31, 7:00 p.m.
Chamberlain MPR, Niemeyer Building
Jen Schottke is the President of the West Michigan Construction Institute, a comprehensive commercial construction educational institute located in Grand Rapids, MI. Jen is passionate about inspiring young people to choose careers in construction. An advocate for the craft professions, Jen dedicates her time at WMCI leading her team in providing exceptional craft, certification and leadership training programs, providing student outreach and education opportunities in the K-12 educational system, and advocating for the commercial construction industry.
Jen is a strong voice for workforce development in the West Michigan commercial construction industry and is a frequent panelist and guest speaker at local, state, and national events. Jen is an advisory council member at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Academy for Design and Construction, she is a board member on the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority, and in November 2016 she was elected to serve on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education where she is now in her second term and serves as Treasurer. Jen is deeply committed to striving toward equity in education and the commercial construction industry.
Jen is a proud Yooper hailing from Houghton in the Keweenaw Peninsula and mother to two great kids – Brooklyn and Jax.
Monday, November 21, 7 p.m.
Pere Marquette Room (2204), Kirkhof Center
Keith Brophy has built a variety of national-reach, tech transformation focused businesses from West Michigan. Keith is a collaborative, team centric leader, focused on building affirming cultures for success. Many of his team members have worked together with him at multiple companies, including two that were designated among the “50 Companies to Watch”. Keith is a past Ernst & Young Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year, and his companies have received national accolades in areas including growth and innovation. Recognitions include Microsoft’s National Education Solution of the Year, Computer World’s Outstanding Life Science Solution, and an Edison national award for online innovation in healthcare.
Keith is currently COO at ADHD Online, a leading mental health telehealth provider. Prior to this, Keith launched and served as Director of the Business Lab product innovation group at Emergent Holdings (BCBSM Subsidiary), served as State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, CEO of health tech firm Ideomed, and CEO/co-founder of Sagestone, a national software consulting firm, among other endeavors.
He has been a long time speaker on future trends in many venues, including at various national and international conferences, and testimony before state and national government bodies on business innovation. He also teaches the “Emerging Trends” class at the Grand Valley Seidman School of Business for the Executive MBA program.
His background includes roles on a range of for-profit and nonprofit boards for some of the region’s leading organizations, including Choice One Bank, Greatland Corp, and the City of Grand Rapids Local Development Finance Authority Smartzone.
Keith has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and an M.S.I.S. degree from Strayer University.