Points of View

Announcing the first winners of the Talent First Literacy Leader Awards

NEWS RELEASE: TalentFirst today named five West Michigan elementary schools as the first recipients of its Literacy Leader Award, recognizing excellence.

A Q&A with DEI Leader Dr. Sandra Upton, Keynote for Our March 12 Event

Dr. Sandra Upton, founder and Chief DEI Strategist with Upton Consulting Group, will be the keynote speaker for our Inclusive Leadership Development.

Future Focus: HR is All About People, and DEI is Not About Charity

Human Resources and DEI Strategist Ovell Barbee, SPHR, tells a story from his career that emphasizes the importance of remembering that people are at the.

DEI Strategist Dr. Sandra Upton to Share Insights for Lasting Change

With her new book, “Make It Last: A Roadmap and Practical Strategies for How to Do DEI Work,” Dr. Sandra Upton poses a straightforward but critical.

State of State 2024: Beyond Headlines, Focusing on What Works

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2024 State of the State address on Jan. 24 generated headlines about two topics that have long been priorities for TalentFirst:.

Before State of the State 2024, Let's Compare Notes on 2023 Progress

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is set to deliver her 2024 State of the State address 7 p.m. Wednesday, prompting Bridge Michigan to take a look back at.

The State of DEI on MLK Day: Our Actions Speak Louder Than Words

If anyone understood the power of language, it was the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

A Look at the Talent Horizon for 2024: More Change and More Solutions

By now, employers and talent professionals are seasoned veterans of the turbulent labor market we have experienced for several years.

A Systemic Approach to the Talent Puzzle

On Wednesday, December 6th, at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, TalentFirst was joined by expert practitioners from Corewell Health for an enriching.

Some Promising Attention to Michigan's Early Literacy Crisis

The alarm bell is still ringing, but we are seeing signs that communities are waking up to the early literacy crisis that has been building for years in.