Your WMCAT 20/20 registration includes eight months of active learning around community prosperity through transformational speakers, art and music, relationship building, and constant discovery. Participants can expect to engage up to six hours each month. Here’s a preview of the schedule for October 2020 – May 2021. More details to come!


Registered attendees will receive preparatory resources and a guiding framework for engagement at the end of October 2020, with a monthly rhythm beginning in November and continuing through May 2021:

  • Monthly virtual community meetings on the second Thursday from 12-1:30 pm with a featured keynote speaker, meaningful discussion, and announcements. 
  • Pop-up breakout engagements each month – like panel discussions, performances, and guided conversations.
  • Monthly emailed resources and prompts for individual reflection and online community discussion at your own pace.

Participants will also receive a curated engagement kit during the series, with special treats and learning materials.


Dates and information for our Monthly Virtual Community Meetings are outlined below. More details to come! Pop-up Breakout Engagements will be added as they are scheduled.

October 2020

Registered attendees will receive preparatory resources and a guiding framework for engagement via email during the last week of October.

November 2020

Monthly Virtual Community Meeting Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 12 – 1:30 pm



Looking Forward: Equity, Growth, and Community in a Changing (and Divided) America
Manuel Pastor

Sponsored by Steelcase, Inc.


Breakout Engagement Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 1 – 2 pm

[Postponed due to speaker illness]

How do I become something I don’t see?
The Delta Project


Boys and young men of color are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems. Join the co-founders of The Delta Project to learn how they are connecting young men in the juvenile justice system to mentors and community resources by walking together with them, demonstrating the options they have for meaningful opportunity. Learn more at

December 2020

Breakout Engagement Monday, December 7, 2020 from 11 am – 12:15 pm

Urbanism for All
Dan Pitera
Jade Heiler
Michael McCulloch
Fatema Sulemanji
Brian Craig

The design and building of our cities have tended to follow a course that creates and reinforces a stratified society, and places that separate, rather than unite. This breakout engagement will look backward briefly, but more importantly look ahead to what can we do, particularly in Grand Rapids, to move toward a more inclusive future in the built environment for neighborhoods and cities.


Monthly Virtual Community Meeting Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 12 – 1:30 pm

Faith and Public Life
Jim Wallis


Breakout Engagement Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 4 – 5 pm

Creating an Economy That Puts People First

Panel discussion moderated by: Hanna Schulze

Blythe Kazmierczak
Elissa Sangalli
Hitomi Katsumi
Alice Jasper

Successful, vibrant communities thrive when they put people first. These communities are made up of a combination of locally owned businesses, companies that believe good business matters, mission-driven nonprofit organizations, mindful policymaking bodies, and conscious consumers. A People First Economy brings together people who share a common goal to create a thriving, equitable, sustainable,and economically resilient region.

This session will focus on the benefits of creating place-based economies where each participant – from government, non-profit, to corporation, small business, workforce, and consumer – is interdependent, playing an important role in the resiliency and sustainability of communities. Field experts will discuss consumer index theory; how business structures, policies, and practices contribute to financial growth; and how the private and public sectors can work
to create a form of capitalism that works for all people for the long-term.

January 2021

Monthly Virtual Community Meeting Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 12 – 1:30 pm

Eldar Shafir



Breakout Engagement Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 7 – 8 pm

“Health and Wellness” Unpacked: A Community Discussion of Disability, Healthcare, and Exclusion



As cities across the country invest in preventative healthcare initiatives (livable city standards, green space for exercise, bicycle paths, etc.) it is important to discuss the cultural, social, and political ramifications on those who do not easily conform to the expectations of “health and wellness.” How do disabled people, those who are chronically ill, or seniors, participate in a city that defines “health” through an ableist lens? Join disability community leaders Christopher Smit, PhD and Jill Vyn, MSW for this community breakout session.


February 2021

Monthly Virtual Community Meeting Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 12 – 1:30 pm


The Past, Present, and Future of Our Healthcare System

March 2021

Monthly Virtual Community Meeting Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12 – 1:30 pm


B.A. Parker

April 2021

Monthly Virtual Community Meeting Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 12 – 1:30 pm

The American Dream: When Work Doesn’t Work

Panelist: David Croom

May 2021

Monthly Virtual Community Meeting Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 12 – 1:30 pm

Ending keynote speaker to be announced!

More details to come!