Frederik Meijer Lecture Series

The Frederik Meijer Lecture series has been established to provide local and national presentations that focus on issues of leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship from the perspective of students, faculty members, and participants in business throughout the region.

Fall 2018

Live. Learn. Lead: The Honors Effect at Home and Abroad

Monday, October 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the 2204  Kirkhof Center, Allendale campus

This year's Meijer Lecture Series celebrates Honors alumni who, from their time on campus to now, have exemplified the Laker Effect by using their interdisciplinary and liberal arts education to build successful careers that impact both local and global communities in positive ways. 


Juanita (Flores) Bocanegra (’97) majored in International Relations at GVSU and then earned her J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. With more than 20 years of combined experience in the legal field, including private practice with Rhodes McKee, PC in Grand Rapids, Juanita now serves as assistant prosecuting attorney with the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office. Her Spanish/English bilingual skills and bicultural experiences have been an important asset for her employers and the communities she serves. She lives in Holland, MI.


Rachael (Voorhees) Orose (’04) earned her bachelor’s degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration at GVSU and her master’s degree in the same field at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She currently serves as Vice President of Network and Business Development for the Molina Foundation, where she has coordinated the distribution of more than 15 million new books and educational materials to children from low-income families. She and her family reside in San Diego, CA.


Lisa (Sharp) Patel (’89) studied Biopsychology at GVSU before going on to earn an M.S. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and a Master’s Certificate in International Food Law from Michigan State. She is now Executive Director of Global Regulatory Compliance at Kalsec®, a leading global producer of natural flavors, colors, antioxidants, and hop products for the food and beverage industry. She lives in Portage, MI, where she has completed multiple half and full marathons and 50k races.

Winter 2018

CyberLife: Secret or See-Through? The Intersection of Cybersecurity, Privacy, and  Transparency

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5 PM in the Siedman College of Business Forum


Dr. Jared DeMott, Information Security Expert, Founder of VDA Labs

DeMott holds a PhD from Michigan State University. He regularly speaks on vulnerabilities at conferences like RSA, DerbyCon, BlackHat, ToorCon, GrrCon, and HITB. He’s the founder of VDA Labs, and previously served as a vulnerability analyst with the NSA. He was a finalist in Microsoft’s BlueHat prize contest, which helped make Microsoft customers more secure. Dr. DeMott has been on three winning Defcon capture-the-flag teams, and has been an invited lecturer at prestigious institutions such as the United States Military Academy. Jared is also a Pluralsight author, on the Synack Red Team, and is a professor at Dakota State University.

Meijer Lecture Series

Barb Hiemstra, Privacy Engineer for Steelcase

Hiemstra holds a BA degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University, GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GLSC) and the GIAC Critical Controls Certificate (GCCC), GIAC Law of Data Security & Investigations (GLEG), and ITIL2 Foundations and Change Management certifications. This role was created to operationalize the privacy requirements needed in the company’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and their Smart+Connected product offerings. Barb works with Steelcase’s Security and Legal teams as well as the Software and Product Developers to ensure Steelcase builds in the necessary requirements to reduce risk. Prior to joining Steelcase, Barb was the Information Security-Governance Manager at Perrigo, the Information Security Director and the Deputy Director for IT at Kent County. She co-founded and co-chairs Region 6 DHS’s West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium (WMCSC), served on the IGNITE Steering committee for Region 6 Law Enforcement, is a member of the State of Michigan CISO’s Kitchen Cabinet Advisors, and serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Information Technology at Baker College. Barb holds a BA degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University, GIAC Security Leadership Certification (GLSC) and the GIAC Critical Controls Certificate (GCCC), GIAC Law of Data Security & Investigations (GLEG), and ITIL2 Foundations and Change Management certifications.

Barb Heimstra

Fall 2017

Connected Places: Technology's Impact on Where and How We Work

Dusty Duistermars, Senior Managing Director of Global Corporate Services for Newmark Knight Frank, a Global Leader in Commercial Real Estate

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:00 PM in the Grand River Room, 2250 Kirkhof Center 

Dusty is a GVSU alum who has leveraged his English major, Psychology minor, and high school teaching experience to better connect people and places through a unique career in corporate real estate. Hear about lessons learned and new technology-enabled models of “doing work.” You will walk away with a broader understanding of how today’s successful companies are attracting and retaining top talent.

At UGL Equis (now Cushman Wakefield), Dusty led Chrysler Corporation’s disposition strategy. He also led the Site Location Services Department for the State of Michigan’s Economic Development arm (MEDC/Pure Michigan), which produced over 5,000 new jobs and over a billion dollars’ worth of capital investment in the state during a five-year period. Currently, Dusty leverages Newmark’s integrated platform of seamless beginning-to-end corporate solutions. He is also a regular media contributor and speaker on “Best Apps” and Workplace Technology for various organizations. In addition to his Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification, Dusty attended both Grand Valley State University and the Graduate College of Geography and Urban Planning at Wayne State University. Dusty has served as a Director for the Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR/State of Michigan) and is the current VP at Large for the CoreNet Michigan Chapter Board of Directors. He lives in Holland with his wife and three children.


Dusty Duistermars

Winter 2017

Why I Love Designing the Future of Everyday Things

Nate Young, Vice President of Global Innovation, Newell Rubbermaid

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM in the Seidman College of Business Forum

Click HERE to RSVP for the event.

Parking will be available in the Fulton Lot on the Pew Campus.

Nate Young joined Newell Rubbermaid in September of 2013 in a newly created position responsible for energizing and accelerating the company’s innovation funnel and driving a more innovation-centric culture deep within Newell Rubbermaid. Young brings 30 years of experience and a proven track record of leading innovation at large, complex organizations.

Most recently, he was president of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a nonprofit, hybrid education and business institution based in Holland, Mich. Previously, Young was Executive VP and Chief Academic Officer at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., working with leading innovation-driven companies like Disney, Nike and NTT DoCoMo. Young is also the founder of Twisthink, a Michigan-based product design and development firm.

Nate graduated from and later served as provost of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a degree in Industrial Design.



Nate Young

Fall 2016

The Start-Up Secret Sauce: Building an Organization from the Ground Up

Brian Bordainick, Head of Innovation Ventures at Hudson's Bay Company

Tuesday, September 20 at 5:00pm in the Seidman College of Business Forum

Parking will be in Fulton Lot off of W Fulton

RSVP's not required 

The days of shopping at department and other big box stores seem numbered as online shopping becomes a staple in life. You could learn a lot about re-envisioning retail from the next Frederik Meijer lecturer, Brian Bordainick. 

Hudson's Bay Company is the oldest company in North America and one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Its companies include Lord and Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and Home Outfitters. Bordainick's role is working with these companies to redesign the shopping experience for customers.

He is new to the role and had served as CEO of Dinner Lab Inc., a company that created unique dining events in 30 cities. The multi-million dollar company folded in July after never turning a profit, forcing Bordainick to lay off 43 people.

In an interview with Forbes, Bordainick said although Dinner Lab failed as a start-up company and investors lost $10 million, he would run another start-up given the right opportunity.

Jeff Chamberlain, director of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, said Bordainick's presentation will appeal to audience members who have varied interests such as sustainability, marketing and entrepreneurship.

The Frederik Meijer Lecture Series was established with a gift from the Meijer Foundation to provide local and national presentations that focus on issues of leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship from the perspective of students, faculty members and participants in business throughout the region. 

Brian Bordainick

Winter 2016

Creativity in the Digital Revolution

Ryan McManus, Accenture Strategy

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM in the Seidman College of Business Forum 

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Parking will be available in the Fulton Lot on the Pew Campus.

Ryan McManus is the founder of Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy practice and previously served as the Accenture Strategy COO and a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A and International Expansion practices. He has worked with clients across industries since 1995.

He is a regular speaker and faculty on digital and global business strategy topics and has been recognized as one of Accenture Strategy’s top thought leaders and talent developers globally.

Ryan is a member of the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows Vanguard Chapter Advisory Board and the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Steering Committee. He has worked in over 40 countries, earned his MBA at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Valedictorian of the University of Iowa.



Ryan McManus

Fall 2015

A Conversation with Nancy Hickey

Nancy Hickey, Steelcase Executive (retired)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM  in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center

Parking will be available in the Seward lot across from the DeVos Center building

Nancy began her career as a high school English teacher and retired from Steelcase in June of 2014 where she was the Chief Administrative Officer.  Throughout her 28 years at Steelcase, Nancy held positions in sales leadership and as CAO was responsible for a wide variety of global corporate functions including corporate communications, corporate and community relations, talent management, information technology, sustainability, real estate and facilities.  In addition, Nancy managed the global business centers in Kuala Lumpur, Monterrey and Cluj. She is a member of the board of directors for Fifth Third Bank, Meijer Inc., West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) and Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

Missed the event? You can view the lecture in it's entirety HERE. (password: gvsu)

Nancy Hickey

Winter 2018

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