Fall Speaker Series

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September 24, 2012 // Events

Article Written By:  Michelle Shangraw | Retail Banking Director | Mercantile Bank of Michigan

As a way to help keep our customers informed about specific topics of interest to them, we recently kicked off our Fall Seminar Series. Our first event, which took place on September 18th, was titled “Bosses, Babies & Big Decisions- How choices impact earning power”.   GVSU Professor, Dr. Sonia Dalmia discussed how women’s choices impact their earning power.   Sonia is well known for her research in analyzing the differences gender makes in employment and earnings.

On September 25th, Major Gifts for Major Impact will be presented by Deb Minton, founder of Philanthropia Partners.  Deb provides thoughtful and innovative counsel to nonprofits, their leaders, philanthropists and entrepreneurs seeking to maximize their impact toward the greater good.  Deb has over 24 years of nonprofit executive experience and will be discussing ways to enhance a non-profit’s ability to attract and retain major donors.

Time:  8:00am-9:30am
Location:  Mercantile Bank, 310 Leonard St NW Grand Rapids, MI

Deciding when and how to collect Social Security benefits can be challenging for individuals.  It becomes an even greater challenge when you are married.  That’s why we are offering the seminar Understanding Social Security Retirement Benefits” on October 17th in partnership with Mark Oberlin of Raymond James & Associates and BlackRock Investments LLC.

Our speaker, Paulette Walz is currently a Retirement Specialist and is responsible for delivery of Social Security presentations.  Paulette has more than 30 years of experience educating individuals, community groups and financial organizations on Social Security.  She will walk individuals through different strategies to determine the best approach.

Time:  6:00pm -8:30pm
Location:  Mercantile Bank, 310 Leonard St NW Grand Rapids, MI
RSVP: Here

The series wraps up with our final topic on November 8th, when Steve Ford, youngest son of former President Gerald Ford will be discussing Leadership during Challenging Times.   Steve will share his experiences and stories that have helped shaped his own brand of leadership. Steve has a diverse past including living at the White House as a teenager, competing as a rodeo cowboy and acting as a cast member on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless”.  Steve is currently a motivational speaker and chairman of the Gerald Ford Foundation.  This event is by invitation only.

Time:  11:30am-1:30pm,
Location:  Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo

We are excited to be able to bring these seminars and networking events to our customers this year. We are looking forward to some exciting and informational events!