Wednesday, June 9, 2021

5:30 pm

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of Members of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan (the “Council”) will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

Warner Norcross + Judd

150 Ottawa Ave NW, Suite 1500

Grand Rapids MI 49503

The program will also be livestreamed on the Council's YouTube page for those who do not wish to attend in person. You will still have the opportunity to comment or pose questions attending remotely.

There is no cost to attend in person or watch the livestream. If you plan to attend the meeting in person, we ask that you rsvp so that we may send you parking instructions. Please rsvp by emailing

The annual meeting will be viewable at:

At the Annual Meeting of Members, the following matters will be presented for approval:

The election of the following directors and/or nominees:

The election of the following nominees to the Board as Class 1 Directors for a full three year term, such terms to commence on July 1, 2021 (with the possibility of an election for a full three year second term in 2024):

Brent Case, Senior Vice President, Business Development, The Right Place

Chris Hickmann, Audit Partner, BDO LLP

Frances Hogsten, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Haworth Inc.

Ingrid Shane, Director of Employment Practices, UFP Industries

Sungjin Yoo, In-House Counsel, Ottawa Avenue Private Capital, LLC

The re-election of the following current members of the Board of Directors, who have agreed to serve a second term as Class 2 Directors, for a three year term commencing on July 1, 2021:

Kerry Brozyna, Vice President and General Manager, Wolverine Worldwide

Diana Lawson, Dean, Seidman College of Business, GVSU

Kevin Jeakle, Tax Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP

Ingrid Nelson, Realtor, Ingrid Nelson Realty Group

The Board recommends strongly the approval of the Members of each matter being put up for vote at the meeting.

There will also be a short presentation on the Council and its 2020-2021 fiscal year, including information on its current situation and some financial information, at the Annual Meeting,

Each member of the Council as of the close of business on May 27, 2021 has one vote on all matters coming before the meeting. There are no proxies and people must attend in person to vote on the matters presented.

Each matter to be presented for approval has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of the Council. The new nominees for Board members have been chosen initially by a duly constituted Nominations Committee of the Board, prior to approval by the full Board. If a member has any questions about the Annual Meeting, or wants additional information on any matter, including copies of the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, or further information on the new nominees to the Board, he or she should contact the staff of the Council by email to

Additional nominations may be made by a petition bearing the signatures of at least twenty five (25) members in good standing. The name(s) of such additional nominee(s) shall then be included on the ballot. Only persons nominated by either the Board of Directors or through the aforementioned petition procedure shall be eligible for election at the Annual Meeting of Members.

This Notice is distributed on May 28, 2021 by electronic means to all members as of the close of business recorded on the membership records of the Council on May 27, 2021.

Ping Liang


World Affairs Council of Western Michigan