HR Council

Join top-level HR & DEI leaders architecting West Michigan’s talent ecosystem.

The TalentFirst Human Resources Council is a community of practice for the region’s top-level leaders in human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion — those at the forefront of our efforts to ensure West Michigan is a leading region for talent. 

Why a Group for HR and DEI Leaders?

These are the professionals shaping the employee experience across the life cycle of employment. They are in the trenches cultivating a culture of inclusion for their workforce of diverse individuals. Their work goes beyond the bottom line — it touches the lives and careers of individuals, shapes the future of organizations and stands at the heart of our talent strategies for West Michigan 

We convene these top-level HR and DEI leaders to:

  • Partner to create and improve upon existing solutions to shared challenges.
  • Humanize TalentFirst data and research to influence policymakers through storytelling.
  • Learn from and inform each other of observations, opportunities, and experience.

The HR Council is an exclusive professional membership and networking group that works alongside TalentFirst’s CEO Council and working groups. Participants include exemplary top-level HR and DEI strategic leaders from organizations in the 13-county region of West Michigan.

Membership Benefits

Participate in HR Council member-exclusive gatherings twice per year.

Be part of member-exclusive working groups focused on current talent and workforce challenges with an emphasis on leading practices that offer solutions.

Connect with peers sharing ideas, strategies, and solutions.

Receive specialized reports on talent trends, needs, and insights.

Join with peers and CEOs to advocate for public policy solutions to systems-level problems.

Enhance partnerships with leaders in education and workforce development.

Highlight your organization’s innovative talent practices on TalentFirst’s platforms.

Participate in and gain insights into what other companies are doing on critical talent issues through pulse surveys.

Access TalentFirst’s annual DE&I Benchmark Survey — a tool for measuring the impact of a company’s efforts, offering comparisons by industry and company size.

Employer events at a reduced cost for members.

Get Involved

Involvement in TalentFirst’s HR Council furthers our mission to catalyze an aligned talent system from early childhood to late career, ensuring that organizations have quality, diverse talent now and in the future. Achieving this mission requires a collective commitment and dedication to success. Together our members are the architects of West Michigan’s talent ecosystem.

Interested in learning more about joining the HR Council? Email Carly Smyly,, or fill out the contact form below.

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TalentFirst’s HR Council is an exclusive membership body that works alongside the CEO Council and working groups to provide leadership, insight, and strategic thinking to improve the effectiveness of talent attraction, retention, and development efforts in your organization and throughout the region.

Members include top-level HR and DEI strategic leaders from organizations in the 13-county region of West Michigan. 

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