Rapid Roots: An Executive’s Guided Cohort to Living in West Michigan

This program is for the professional who recently moved to West Michigan. Designed to accelerate assimilation into the community and build network connections, this guided cohort will explore the history, culture, and people of West Michigan.

Spread over 6 sessions, Rapid Roots will explore multiple topics and communities in West Michigan. This experiential program will show you the hidden gems, not just tell you about them.

Rapid Roots is limited to an intimate group so participants can make real connections with their classmates and accelerate the friend-making process. Participants will also gain introductions to multiple community organizations through our diverse slate of speakers.

Learning Objectives for Rapid Roots:

  • Understand the geographical makeup of the West Michigan region
  • Understand the foundations of our economy and current cornerstone industries
  • Learn the science of friend finding and identify potential strategies for making personal connections. Participants’ significant other or personal guest is invited to two of the sessions.
  • Assist participants in connecting with community activities related to their interests, hobbies, and family needs

2024 Session Schedule:

  • History of West Michigan – Sept 5, 2024 afternoon session
  • The West Michigan Economy – Sept 12, 2024 afternoon session
  • The Arts in West Michigan – Sept 19, 2024 afternoon session
  • Outdoor Recreation in West Michigan  – Sept 26, 2024 afternoon session
  • Making Connections in West Michigan – Oct 3, 2024 evening session
  • Food, Dining, & Nightlife in West Michigan – Oct 10, 2024 evening session

Ready-Made Connections

In addition to the sessions, each cohort member will be matched up with 3 buddies.

  • Program Buddy – current cohort classmate
  • Alum Navigator – alum of the Rapid Roots program
  • Community Guide – community leader in West Michigan


Applications are due by August 2, 2024.

If you have a new transplant on your team, encourage them to participate in the program. Reach out to us via email and we’ll send you some “nominating language” to share with the new transplant, plus calendar appointments to save the date.

If you are a transplant, click the button below to apply now!

We will review applications as they’re received and notify you by August 9, 2024 about your acceptance into the cohort.

Impact of Rapid Roots

Retaining Relocated Talent