At the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology, “You Got This!” is a commonly heard phrase encouraging adults on their journeys to new careers and economic security, encouraging teens as they build creative confidence and share their artistic voice, and encouraging young adults to plan their unique next steps to college or career.
Join us at iBall 2024 on Thursday, March 14 from 6-9 p.m. for an evening of celebration, community building, and connection as we invite our greater WMCAT community to be a voice of encouragement to our students by saying “You Got This!” with your support of tuition-free pathways to opportunity.
In the spirit of WMCAT, iBall 2024 will be hosted in downtown Grand Rapids with live music, engaging activities, and a vibrant celebration of three incredible honorees who embody imagination, innovation, and inspiration.
iBall is presented by Meijer.
WMCAT Award for Imagination
The WMCAT Award for Imagination will be presented to Shannon Cohen in recognition of her work to create spaces of belonging, growth, and transformation for leaders across our community. Rooted in Grand Rapids, Shannon’s influence and impact are growing to a national scale. She is reimagining how community is built through her Rockstar Woman Movement, and inviting all of us to embrace a more balanced and authentic approach to leading well through her keynotes, products, podcast, and books.
Award sponsored by Consumers Energy.
WMCAT Award for Innovation
The WMCAT Award for Innovation will be presented to Corewell Health in recognition of its dedicated pursuit of health equity through a holistic and collaborative approach. Corewell Health is working beyond the patient-provider relationship to improve social determinants of health and community wellness outcomes through programs like Healthier Communities; and by partnering with WMCAT’s Adult Career Training Program to support pathways to economic security for families through careers in the healthcare industry.
Award sponsored by Acrisure.
WMCAT Award for Inspiration
CIERRA, MARIAH, AND MARCOS BARRERA
In honor of James C. Welch
The WMCAT Award for Inspiration will be presented to Cierra, Mariah, and Marcos Barrera in honor of the late Jim Welch, WMCAT’s founding board chair. Alumni of WMCAT’s Teen Arts + Tech Program, the Barrera siblings each embody a creative spirit and desire to impact their communities. Cierra, Mariah, and Marcos are leveraging music, filmmaking, and photography to elevate their voices, share the stories of those around them, and invite new perspectives through their inspirational work.
Award sponsored by Steelcase.
Thank you to our iBall 2024 sponsors! Sponsorship of iBall supports WMCAT’s mission to provide access to opportunity. Please contact Emily Evers at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 454-7004 if you or your company are interested in sponsoring.