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2018 MLK Banner featuring Karen S. Carter.

Annual Great Lakes MLK Event

On January 24, 2018, Saginaw Valley State University will host the Great Lakes Bay Regional Martin Luther King, Jr. event. Attendees will include students, community supporters, business and civic leaders throughout the region.

This collaborative effort of the Great Lakes Bay Region replaces several individual community events that have annually commemorated Dr. King. Now, partners and sponsors, including several businesses, regional chambers of commerce and community foundations will work together to host a celebration.

The keynote speaker will be Karen S. Carter, the chief inclusion officer for The Dow Chemical Company

Carter is responsible for guiding and directing efforts globally to create a more diverse and inclusive environment and workforce. Before assuming her current responsibilities, Carter held the role of North America commercial vice president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. Her responsibilities included developing and driving the business strategy and delivering value creation initiatives that would help better serve customers and the entire industry. Carter is a board member of Kids’ Meal, a nonprofit organization in Houston that seeks to end childhood hunger by delivering free healthy meals. She is an active member of The Links, Inc., which serves the Houston community through educational, civic and intercultural activities. Carter has also been published in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association and featured in the Huffington Post and MORE Magazine. In 2014, Carter was named to the prestigious Forty Women to Watch Over 40 list for her innovative leadership contributions.

This regional event will not only be a celebration of Dr. King, but also a celebration and recognition of youth in our communities. The community foundations, collectively, have established and implemented a scholarship opportunity to be awarded to high school seniors across the region who have demonstrated Dr. King's teachings. Previously, the community foundations have awarded as many as (15) $1,000 scholarships. 

The event is free and open to the public.