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Tuesday, March 14, 2023 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM) (EDT)


The Resilient Workplace: Diverse & Engaged Talent is Your Key to Success

Featuring Guest Speakers Joy Sportel & Melissa Malburg

Today’s world is increasingly complex and unpredictable. We often try to counter the chaos with structure, seeking ways to streamline and optimize systems and processes to eliminate any chance for error - but this strategy alone is a losing battle. Employee engagement is a key predictor of organizational success and ability to withstand adversity. In times of complexity, humans need clarity of purpose to ground us and help us feel safe. In our session, we will reveal how truly engaged, healthy individuals lead directly to a thriving, successful business.  

We will touch on: 

• Why and how to lead with empathy 

• Embracing failure as a catalyst for success 

• Why prioritizing people, not the bottom line, is the key to resilience.   


Please join us as we dig into why people truly are your most valuable asset as a leader, and how you can provide the greatest positive change in your team, your work life, and ultimately your organization.

About Joy Sportel, AIA, NCARB

Architect, Planner, Progressive AE

With a fierce passion for urban design and creative placemaking, Joy enthusiastically dives into community engagements to help shape human-centered spaces and places. After all, people are at the heart of everything we do and it’s critically important to bring them along in the process. Through meaningful dialogue, relationship building, and interpersonal savvy, Joy drives projects to success in a fun and enjoyable way.  

Melissa Malburg

About Melissa Malburg, ACMP, IIDA, NCIDQ

Consultant: Workplace Strat, Discovery and Design, Progressive AE

Beautiful workspaces are irrelevant if they don’t strategically support the organization and people who work there. As an interior designer, Melissa believes in the power of space, but as a workplace strategist, she knows the conversation can’t start there. Through calm confidence, curious discovery, and analytical thinking, Melissa helps clients envision innovative ways of working where people-centric strategies integrate with business strategies to drive performance. 

Wondering what to expect at the event? 

Wake Up West Coast brings together Chamber members every month for networking, to hear and learn about business best practices from fascinating leaders from around the country and within our own community. Each month features coffee and networking time followed by a delicious breakfast buffet and a featured guest speaker. We hope to see you there!


In Person: Member $35 / Non Member $50

Livestream Access: Member $10 / Non Member $20

Haworth Hotel
225 College Ave
Holland, MI 49423 United States


Parking: You may park in any open Faculty/Staff/Student Lot. Campus Safety will not ticket on the mornings of Wake Up West Coast. View Parking Map Here.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023 (7:30 AM - 9:00 AM) (EDT)

7:30 am Coffee and Morning Mingle Networking        8:00 am Breakfast and Program

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