GRYP - Grand Rapids Young Professionals

Grand Rapids Young Professionals
January Newsletter

2017 was a great year for GRYP! We met so many great young professionals at Unwinds, Happy Hours, Meet the Board, Trivia Nights, our annual Gala, community service events, and so much more. Thank you to everyone that joined us at events throughout the year! Cheers to a new year, new resolutions (hopefully to go to more GRYP events), and to all of you - our members - because without you, 2017 couldn't have been the successful year it was. Happy New Year, GRYP!

- Grand Rapids Young Professionals' Board of Directors

January Unwind  @ Harmony Hall

Our January Unwind will be at Harmony Hall on January 25! This Unwind is a great way to kick off the new year. Bring your friends and colleagues to meet many other young professionals from all through-out west Michigan. Make sure to bring your business cards to help you to build lasting relationships.

For more information and to reserve your spot, click here.
Save-the-Date! January's New Member Happy Hour will be on Wednesday, January 17. 
Stay tuned for more details!

Featured Member: Mark Kloet

We decided kick off the new year by bringing back the "Featured Member", because that's what GRYP is really all about: Our members!
Mark Kloet, who regularly attends all different types of GRYP events, is this month's Featured Member. Keep an eye out at upcoming events and introduce yourself!

We asked Mark a few questions and here's what he had to say:

Tell us a little about yourself. 
I try to hang out and do as much with my friends as possible. Whether it's game night, movies, or just going out downtown.
I also am avid sports enthusiast. I love watching and going to games when I can. Friday night Griffins games are always a blast.  I also, maybe, entirely, watch way to many TV shows in my spare time.

Why did you join GRYP? 
I've pretty much have lived in the area my entire life and wanted to expand beyond my normal social circle.
Also, to help me grow and and help me with getting better in social situations. 

What's your favorite event? 
I love trivia night. I usually go into it as a single and it opens up to meeting different people. And it's fun to see what random information your teammates have. 

How long have you been a member?
I have been doing events for over 2 years now.

What area of work are you in? 
I do accounting at Kentwood Office Furniture.

Anything else you'd like to add? 
If your new/on the fence about coming to more events please do. I've met a lot of great people over the years.
And plus who doesn't enjoy grabbing a drink and meeting new people?
Know a member that you think would be a great fit to be our Featured Member? 
Send your suggestion to us at!
Common Negotiation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
February 21, 2018

Negotiation expert and consultant, Penny Rosema has over 20 years of global in-the-trenches  experience. 

Prior to speaking professionally, Penny, an engineer by education, led a buying team at Amway with an  annual spend of $250 million. After earning her MBA from Notre Dame she worked with suppliers in Japan, Korea,  China, Thailand, Europe and the U.S. As a project manager for five manufacturing plants with sales revenue of $170 million, she served as the manufacturing liaison to ensure on-time equipment trials and delivery of finished goods. 

As an educator and leadership trainer, Penny worked with corporate teams in the US, Japan and Korea. She has been an adjunct professor of supply chain and negotiation at Grand Valley State University. Penny shows audiences how to get more of what they want, whether their deal is worth $100 or $100 million. With her interactive programs, people practice professional negotiation techniques and start using them immediately.

Click here  for more information and to purchase your tickets! Pre-registration is required for this event and space is limited, so make sure to sign up soon!

Looking to get involved? Join a committee!

GRYP events couldn't be done without all of our amazing committee members and we're always looking for new committee members. 

Want to help welcome new members to GRYP? Join the Membership Committee! 
Maybe you want to help us spread the word? Let's talk about the PR committee!
Community service more your thing? There's a committee for that too!
We've got these committees and more that would love to hear from you! Email us at and we'll help you find the best fit!

New Year's resolution involve working out? Exercise that brain with a crossword puzzle.

Try your hand at this one. Exercising your mind can be just as important at physical exercise!

Click here to test your skills now.
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