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Chamber annual meeting virtual for 2021

  The Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau will conduct its annual Kickoff Dinner Meeting virtually for 2021.

  The meeting will be held via Zoom from noon to 1pm Thursday, January 21. Persons must register online at and a link will be sent following successful registration, which costs $10.

  “The year 2020 has been a year to remember,” Chamber of Commerce and CVB President and CEO Jamie Furbush said on the invitation. 𠇊lthough we are unable to meet in person this year, we encourage our members to grab lunch from one of our local restaurants and join us for the annual meeting with a special keynote, ‘Looking Within: Recognizing Implicit Bias & the Power of Culture.”

  Kimberly R. Houston, CEO & Principal of KHP Consultants, LLC, will speak to the members via Zoom.

  Houston held the role of Dow Corning’s chief diversity officer, global community relations leader, and president of the Dow Corning Foundation until her retirement in 2012.

  Post retirement, she headed corporate and foundation development at Central Michigan University where Houston built new philanthropic relationships across the state of Michigan and helped facilitate one of the university’s largest private foundation gifts.

  From August 2018-2019 Houston led the YMCA Great Lakes Bay Region as interim executive director and in November 2019 was recognized as the Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Kimberly was featured in the Midland County Historical Society’s Exhibit 20/20 Vision: Seeing HERstory which highlights women’s contributions to the nation and local community that shaped the last 100 years.

  Houston believes in constructive growth and embraces a commitment to fostering dignity and respect – individually, culturally and systematically. She maintains an authentic kinship to support the leadership development and empowerment of professionals of color and women. She is a change agent who advocates for the creation of cultures which engage and motivate the diverse strengths, talents and gifts of all stakeholders.

  Frankenmuth Insurance is the presenting sponsor for Houston. For more information, contact the chamber at 989-652-6106.

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