2019 West Michigan World Trade Week Business Conference

Think Global

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 11:30AM - 4:30PM | GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Keynote Presenter

Keynote Speaker - Kim Dabbs

KIM DABBS, Global Director, Corporate Social Innovation at Steelcase

Kim Dabbs is a social entrepreneur, advocate and innovator who is leading Corporate Social Innovation for Steelcase. She has a passion for building a culture of opportunity and is leveraging that mindset as she partners with organizations leading transformational change projects around the world. She has scaled innovation and designed programs that showcased impact as she collaborated on the launch of the new Learning + Innovation Center that was built as a global hub in Munich.

Prior to joining Steelcase she served as executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology. Kim crafted a model for both adult career training and teen arts + tech engagement, leading to WMCAT’s inclusion in national learning networks as a best practice. Kim also led Michigan Youth Arts, where she built a coalition of 16 statewide organizations focused on public policy, philanthropy and advocacy for education.

Kim served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and was a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council for Varnum Law. She was honored as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, and has received numerous awards including a Joyce Fellowship from Americans for the Arts. In 2017, Kim was selected by IDEO to be 1 of 30 Alumni Coaches as part of the inaugural IDEO U Alumni Fellowship program. There, she is providing guidance and building a global community of practice.

Kim holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Art History from Kendall College of Art and Design. In 2015, she was chosen as one of four professionals globally to participate in a 3-month residency at Stanford’s d.school with leadership training in human centered design. She presents internationally on social innovation and design thinking at venues such as the Guggenheim, the Aspen Institute and TEDx.

Throughout the afternoon attendees can choose from a variety of roundtable topics and breakout sessions:

  • Protecting Your Brand
  • Tax Reform
  • Travel Tips and Tricks
  • Update on Current Trade 
  • Risk Management Strategies and Threats
  • Design Thinking Workshop
  • Trouble with Tariffs
  • Update on Trade Agreements (USMCA)

Detailed Agenda - COMING SOON!

2019 Host Organization

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Grand Valley State University's L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Registration includes: 

Lunch, reference materials, and admittance to VIP Reception

Organized by: 

GVSU's Van Andel Global Trade Center and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce 

In partnership with:

The World Trade Week Planning Committee and the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan


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