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Breakfast & Networking
September 11, 2014

Join us for our fall MBA@Calvin event! After the networking time, we'll talk with Kristin Paxton Ekkens ’02, CEO of C3 Consulting LLC and Inclusion & Diversity Consultant for Spectrum Health System.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Willow Room, Prince Conference Center
7:30–8 a.m. continental breakfast and networking
8–9 a.m. presentation and Q&A

Cost: $5, pay at the door
RSVP: Reply to with your name, company name and job title---friends, coworkers, students are all welcome, too!

Our topic is Culture Matters: How to Grow your Business with Cultural Intelligence. Ekkens will share insights on cultural intelligence (CQ), which allows businesses to bridge cultural gaps—whether ethnic, organizational, or generational—among their employees and customers.

Ekkens is an entrepreneur who is passionate about improved global communication and innovative learning technologies.  As the internal consultant for inclusion and diversity at Spectrum, her responsibilities include leading the design and execution of learning and performance initiatives focused on building a culturally competent health care system for over 21,000 employees. Her work has recently been highlighted in Spark and the Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Leading both non-profits and for-profits, Kristin has worked with more than 75 organizations to develop learning solutions focused on bridging cultural and linguistic gaps. Her workplace learning initiatives have received multiple awards for quality and innovation including international exposure in a 2008 broadcast of ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson and recognition in 2011 as a best practice by Singapore Workforce Development Agency. 

Kristin has a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University, and a BA in Spanish and Linguistics from Calvin College. She is an advanced certified CQ Facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center.  Kristin enjoys sharing stories and lessons learned from her global travels and living abroad, including time in Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica. Yet some of Kristin's best stories come from right here in the U.S., featuring her two sons and husband. 

Horizon Award »

Congratulations to 2014 Horizon Award recipient Jon Potvin ’02.

This award is presented by MBA@Calvin to recognize outstanding young alumni business professionals who demonstrate significant contributions to their field and the impact of faith on their work. Nominate a candidate for the Horizon Award!


More Opportunities

Business Careers Networking Reception
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Sponsored by the Calvin Career Development Office

Q Commons Grand Rapids
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Hosted by Calvin at the Ladies Literary Club

Calvin Business Partners Awards Luncheon
Monday, October 20, 2014
Sponsored by the Calvin Center for Innovation in Business

Chicago Career Fair (young alumni also welcome)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Symposium on Common Grace in Business
Friday, October 31, 2014
Sponsored by the Calvin Business Department


Recent events

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
MBA & K4L Networking Night with Calvin Seniors

March 5, 2014
Breakfast & Networking, Horizon Award Event

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November 12, 2013
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We are an alumni group with an emphasis on interaction among young business professionals. MBA@Calvin events enable recent grads to continue their professional development through networking with fellow alumni and exploring the intersection of faith and business with seasoned business experts.

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Audrey Robb ’11
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Mike Sherman ’03
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