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Velie Recognized as Advocate for Hispanic Business Community; Receives Building Bridges Award

March 9, 2012

Varnum Human Resources Director Carroll Velie was the recipient of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of West Michigan's 2012 Building Bridges Award at the Chamber's Annual Awards Banquet on March 5, 2012.

The Building Bridges Award recognizes a non-Hispanic individual who has been an advocate for the Hispanic business community.

Velie joined Varnum's administrative management team in 1987 and brought her passion for advancing diversity and inclusion in the firm and community. Over the years, she has played a role in numerous events and initiatives within the Hispanic community and has hosted several community welcome receptions in effort to introduce Hispanic and other minority leaders to the West Michigan business community.

Most notably, Velie helped establish Varnum's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council, an advisory group made up of community leaders who share our commitment to making Varnum – as well as our community – a more inclusive and welcoming place to live and work. Council members generously give their time, insight and perspective to strengthen Varnum’s internal programming, communications, recruiting and retention efforts.

In addition to the external council, Velie is a founding member of Varnum's internal Diversity Team, which has now been in place for nearly 20 years. She and the internal team work with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to provide programming for attorneys and staff that develops and advances the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts.

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