Five added to World Affairs board of directors

Patrick Skinner speaking via zoom
From left: Brent Case, Chris Hickmann, Frances Hogsten, Ingrid Shane, and Sungjin Yoo

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (WACWM) announced that five local executives have been elected to its board of directors. These persons serve three-year terms on the board, once renewable, and pledge to advance the Council’s mission to “empower the people and organizations of West Michigan to engage thoughtfully with the world.”

Named to the board for 2021-2022 are the following:

Brent Case, vice president, business attraction, The Right Place;

Chris Hickmann, audit partner, BDO;

Frances Hogsten, vice president, global supply chain, Haworth;

Ingrid Shane, director of employment practices, UFP Industries;

Sungjin Yoo, in-house counsel, Ottawa Avenue Private Capital.

“This is a very talented group of global business professionals,” said Ping Liang of AlphaMax Advisors, WACWM’s board secretary and chair of the nominations committee. “We’re pleased they wish to help the council fulfill its mission of bringing the world to West Michigan.”

The new board members join 18 other area leaders from corporate, educational, and civic organizations in the region. View the full board list on the council’s leadership page.

WACWM, founded in 1949 through the inspiration of Michigan Senator Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951), sponsors over 40 programs a year on timely global topics and issues, and last month gave its annual Vandenberg Prize to General (ret.) James N. Mattis, the 26th Secretary of Defense, and its Hillman-Orr Award to the late Ambassador (ret.) Peter F. Secchia.

The longest-running WACWM programs belong to the Great Decisions Global Discussions series of eight world-oriented topics that are recommended by the Foreign Policy Association of America. The council has been sponsoring Great decisions since the 1950s. Visit the council’s YouTube page for archives of past programming at:

WACWM is part of a national system of 90 world affairs councils, supported by the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, D.C.