The 2012-13 Wheelhouse Talks feature cross-disciplinary, local leaders who are eager to share their philosophy and experience. Leaders of today and tomorrow will come together to evoke stories of triumph and tragedy, tradition and innovation, conflict and collaboration, career-pathing and serendipity. Throughout the series, shared leadership values — responsibility, energy, community, and authenticity — will be center stage. Watch the 2011 – 2012 Series

2012 – 2013 Speakers

September 12 – Bill Holsinger-Robinson

Design-thinking entrepreneur, bringing big ideas to life. Credits: SEED Collective, 5×5 Night, ArtPrize. Experienced collaborator, founder, executive. Passionate problem solver, storyteller, consultant. Serving as Entrepreneurship and Innovation Chair at GVSU, strategist at Peopledesign, and host of TEDxGrandRapids.— Suggested Readings —

October 10 – Yang Kim

Visionary visual communicator and executive at Peopledesign. Clients: Amway, Herman Miller, and Steelcase; GRAM, UICA, and ArtPrize. Empathetic, strategic creative who aims to change what people think, feel, and do. Brand Identity Essentials author; graphic design juror; and mother of Bruno, Toki, and Lulu.

November 7 – Frederick Antczak

Culture-builder, teacher, and manager of change at GVSU. Dean of CLAS. Executive director of RSA. Native of Grand Rapids’s west side, who has served as an award-winning teacher-scholar at the universities of Virginia, California-Berkeley, and Iowa. Notre Dame B.A., Chicago Ph.D., and lifelong student of baseball.



January 16 – Kerri Reinbold

Entrepreneurial, Baptiste-trained, hot power yoga instructor. Co-founder and owner of the Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse in Grand Rapids. West Michigan native drawn home from Chicago by friends, family, and the community’s creative energy. Passionate about health, healing, and encouraging her students in all pursuits.



February 6 – Troy Evens

Transformational pastor, guiding at-risk youth from gangs to faith. Former dropout, gang founder, and crime leader, who fled to change his life. Founder of The Edge Urban Fellowship, reaching the “Hip-Hop Culture for the Kingdom of God,” and author of The Edge of Redemption, telling the story of his own transformation.


March 27 – Leann Arkema

Empathetic supporter of the sick and grieving, leading solidarity and laughter in Grand Rapids. First president/CEO of Gilda’s Club GR, where she arrived on day one with her own desk in tow. Now serving more than 10,000 visitors per year. Founder of LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter.





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