YPCC 2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College
Cascade Engineering is hosting a one-day professional development conference for young professionals of color in West Michigan on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018. Last year, the conference convened over 200 young professionals of color at Devos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are happy to have Spectrum Health return this year as the Platinum Sponsor and BL2END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), as the Exclusive Young Professional Partner whose mission directly aligns with the purpose and intent of this conference.
Dr. Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College and educator for over 25 years, will keynote the conference, inspiring young professionals to design a path for personal and professional growth, empowered with the knowledge that their evolution as young leaders won’t always be linear. In addition to the keynote, participants will have the opportunity to engage in small break-out sessions with local leaders focusing on building skill sets, networks and pathways to success.
In May 2017, Dr. Bill Pink became the tenth president of Grand Rapids Community College, and the first African-American appointed to the position in the 100+ years of the institution. Dr. Pink formerly served as Vice President and Dean for Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College prior to becoming president.
Dr. Pink has been an educator for over 25 years, and while Abilene, Texas is his hometown, Dr. Pink lived in Oklahoma City for 18 years prior to making Grand Rapids home. He has taught and/or coached in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Oregon. He was a successful college student-athlete as a basketball player, earning awards for his athletic and academic achievements, including a 2016 induction into the York College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dr. Pink has an Associate’s Degree from York College, Nebraska, a Bachelor’s from Oklahoma Christian University, a Master’s from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Pink contributes to his community through a variety of ways, including board service for Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, The Right Place, and The Employers’ Association of Grand Rapids. Dr. Pink also serves as a board member of the Spectrum Health Hospitals Group, the United Way of West Michigan, and West MichiganWorks, the workforce development agency for seven counties in West Michigan.
Dr. Pink has a history of national experiences with education organizations. He presently serves as a board member for the National Council for Workforce Education, as well as a commissioner for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. In January of 2016, Dr. Pink completed a fouryear appointment as a member of the National Selection Committee for the National Merit Scholarship Council. He is also a former national conference co-chair for Dream Deferred: The Future of African-American Education. Dr. Pink is a sought after public speaker, and has accumulated numerous invitations to speak at events across the U.S. His topics are usually associated with diversity, leadership, career and workforce development, and faith-based presentations. Aside from being a teacher-educator, Dr. Pink teaches public speaking courses as well as athletic administration courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Along with a daily workout regimen, Dr. Pink enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family. His wife is Lori, and their two children are Lance and Lydia. Lori, a Michigan native, is a retiree of the US Air Force Reserve. Lance, who is married to his wife Kayla, is a member of the United States Marine Corps, and Dr. Pink’s daughter, Lydia, is a freshman in high school.