Brilliant Leaders Announcement

The Steelcase Foundation is excited to announce the participants for its inaugural cohort of the Brilliant Leaders Fellowship. The Brilliant Leaders Fellowship invests in the professional development, social capital, healing, retention, and growth of local community nonprofit leaders. As visionary and courageous leadership can often be lonely and exhausting, Fellows will get the change to step back from the day-to-day demands of their role, meet with extraordinary peers who push their thinking, build social capital with systems and community leaders, reflect on their work and purpose in spaces that offer healing from the emotionally heavy work they do, and get encouragement and support to pursue their vison and futures. 

Through a12-month transformational experience, leaders will gather for learning, sharing, and connecting with the goal of creating a strong system of support, ideation, collaboration, and leadership. The fellowship will include reflection on values-based leadership and equity, time for inspiration and celebration of participants as agents for change, and intentional community building among leaders with space for healing and respite. 

Cohort Members

Alisha Lauchie`

Co-Director, Urban Core Collective

Annalise Kontras

Senior Director of Leadership Development and WMLA Coaching,
The Leadership Academy

Antoinette Chapman, MA, LPC, CAADC

Co-Executive Director + Lead Mental Health Clinician, Realism is Loyalty

Jamon Alexander

President and CEO, West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology

Javier Cervantes

Culture + Strategy Champion, The Diatribe Inc

Jazz McKinney

Executive Director, Grand Rapids Pride Center

Jennifer Headley-Nordman

President, First Steps Kent

Keenan King, Ph.D

Executive Director, Kent School Services Network

Maleika Joubert Brown, Ed.S

Ombudsperson, Grand Rapids Public Schools

Sonja Forte

Executive Director, Baxter Community Center

Stacy Bare

Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Steff Rosalez

CEO, Grandville Avenue Arts + Humanities