Connecting with Your City

Join YNPN Grand Rapids as we host a panel of local experts on how they connect with their city.

As our three panelists, we're excited to welcome:

  • Executive Director of The Source, Mindy Ysasi.
  • Candidate for County Commissioner, Stephen Wooden.
  • The host of 'Political Pulse with Denavvia Mojet' on 97.3 the Beat FM radio and Co-Founder of Equity PAC, Denavvia Mojet.

The event will be held at Kennari Consulting and is free to attend. Due to limited space, registration is highly encouraged.

About Our Panelists:

Milinda Ysasi leads The SOURCE, their mission is to reduce employment barriers and create opportunities for mobility for employees that work for their partner organizations. The SOURCE began as an idea by local CEO’s who wanted to retain talent in their companies and understood that talent is a differentiator for success. Their model works with the state of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, private caseworkers and employers by providing navigation and connection supports to employees. Milinda is one of the founding members of WorkLab Innovations – a network organization that is leading the replication and scale of the “sustainable workforce model”.

Milinda joined The SOURCE in 2015 after an HR career in a variety employment sectors, including healthcare and manufacturing. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a B.B.A in management and marketing. Mindy is currently pursuing an executive MBA at Michigan State University.

Milinda is a co-founder of the Latina Network of West Michigan, an organic collective focused on changing the Latina narrative in the region. She is an appointed member of the Civil Service Board, the city of Grand Rapids. Additionally, she serves as the co-chair for KConnect (collective impact organization) high school-to-career workgroup. She has been recognized for her commitment and leadership with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Young Professional award, the GVSU Alumni Service award, GR Business Journal 40 under forty and the YNPN Grand Rapids DoGooder and Exemplary Executive awards.

Stephen Wooden has always been passionate about serving others by solving problems. This passion comes from values he learned from his family: fairness, opportunity, and community.

As an aide in the Michigan Legislature, Stephen became the people’s advocate in the state bureaucracy. He helped laid-off workers who fell through the cracks of the unemployment office, seniors who were behind on their utility bill and veterans who needed to be connected to local services.At the Institute for Energy Innovation, Stephen worked to accelerate the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries in Michigan by fostering new partnerships between business and local communities. As part of a team, he helped set up the Grand Rapids 2030 District, a private-led partnership working to make 10 million square feet of downtown buildings more energy efficient. In 2016, he championed an initiative in the Great Lakes Bay Region that led to $500 thousand in new economic activity around rooftop solar.Today, Stephen works at Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids. Every day, he helps make development work on the balance sheet and for the community, providing new homes for working families and new storefronts for small businesses to revitalize neighborhoods.

Stephen is a graduate of Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School and Michigan State University. He’s an Eagle Scout from Troop 271 in Grand Rapids. Stephen currently serves on the board of the Creston Neighborhood Association and the Grand Rapids Housing Appeals Board. He and his wife Adelyn own a home on the northeast side of Grand Rapids. He enjoys home repair projects, reading, following college sports and spending time with family.

April 17, 2018 at 12pm - 1:30pm
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
185 Oakes St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States
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