WMSBF to Host Second Essay Contest

For the second year, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF) is hosting an essay contest. This year’s topics: “What are the virtues manifested by individuals or businesses/institutions that most profoundly enrich your life?” and “What character traits inspire and motivate you to create – and share – a meaningful and productive quality of life?”

There will be specific outreach to the business sector but the contest is open to all individuals in the West Michigan community. Two winning essays will be selected, along with recognition of honorable mentions.

Timeline:
January 14: Announcement at WMSBF monthly meeting.
March 4: Submission deadline.
April 8: Announcement at the WMSBF monthly meeting. Winning and honorable mention essayists will be invited to read their submissions.

In the spirit of the theme, there will be no cars, cruises or cash prizes for winning entries; however, WMSBF is pursuing broad and creative avenues for publishing the essays and recognizing the essayists, including on their website and in their newsletters.

Winning essays will also be posted on University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship website (founded by Kim Cameron) and WGVU will help promote the contest and recognize essayists through Shelley Irwin’s morning show. Beyond that, members of the larger community will be the real winners as we, in turn, are inspired by your understandings, your perspectives, and your visions.

WMSBF is pleased and honored to have the following individuals serve on the review panel: Dave Aupperlee, BISSELL Homecare; Shelley Irwin, WGVU; Terri McCarthy, Wege Foundation; Brenda Moore, Grand Rapids Urban League; Sue Paauwe, NTH Consultants; Dave Rinard, Steelcase; and Daniel Schoonmaker, West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

Get more information about the contest on the WMSBF website.

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