Over 100 young professionals of color from the West Michigan area participated in the conference under the theme, “Bridging the gap: Understanding Yourself, Your Company and Your Community." The conference kicked-off with Maggie Anderson, CEO and Founder of The Empowerment Experiment and author of Our Black Year chronicling her family’s year-long struggle to use their buying power to counter the social and economic crises that disproportionately damage communities of color. Anderson discussed how this generation of young professionals of color are game changers. She inspired young professionals to bridge the gaps in their company, community and their own self to shape the world they live in. She charged each individual to be the change agent and encouraged young professionals to connect their passion and talents with community to create a diverse and inclusive city where they could be successful.