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LEAP Recognizes Board Member’s Dedication to Regional Prosperity, Inclusion & Diversity

2018 Regional Diversity Star Award Presented and Outgoing Board Member Honored With Legacy Award at LEAP Annual Board Meeting

LANSING, Mich. – Continuing its commitment to inclusion and diversity, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) presented its fourth Annual Regional Diversity Star Award to MSU Federal Credit Union at its Annual board of directors meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, held at Peckham in Lansing, Michigan.

“MSUFCU is honored to receive this recognition from LEAP. We work hard every day to provide an inclusive and diverse work environment where our employees, members and business partners feel proud to be part of the organization,” said April Clobes, President and CEO of MSUFCU.

LEAP’s Regional Diversity Star Award recognizes companies like MSUFCU who demonstrate best practices that create a diverse and welcoming place where global talent wants to work and succeed.
“Choosing MSUFCU as this year’s Regional Diversity Star Award recipient was a no-brainer, as they work tirelessly to ensure their business practices are inclusive and staff feel welcomed and valued,” said Tedi Parsons, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at LEAP.

In addition to the Regional Diversity Star Award, the LEAP Board recognized retiring Sparrow CEO and past LEAP Board Chair Dennis Swan, with a Legacy Award for his commitment to the region. Swan’s hallmark and gracious professionalism was present in his role as LEAP Board Chair, and again in his acceptance of the Board’s recognition during the December meeting. In his outgoing remarks, Swan applauded the collective dedication of LEAP’s board of directors stating, “The amazing accomplishments by the LEAP staff, board and investors are only the beginning. Leaders throughout this region continue to demonstrate the power of teamwork, connection and alignment.”
Swan is retiring from Sparrow in December 2018. His seat on the LEAP Board will be filled by incoming Sparrow CEO E.W. Tibbs, Jr.

“Each year, LEAP wishes to recognize the top thinkers and innovators who continuously set the bar higher in advancement of our region’s growth and development efforts,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “In 2018, we could not recognize a more impactful overall leader than Sparrow’s retiring, and one of LEAP’s founders, CEO Dennis Swan. Dennis has led Sparrow to new heights of health care excellence in our community, while also lending his time to many leadership roles with important philanthropic initiatives. LEAP also recognizes how critical diversity is to our future, and how competitively advantageous our region is due to our diversity, so we are so pleased to recognize MSUFCU, for leadership and innovation with diversity and inclusion policies and practices, as LEAP’s 2018 Diversity Star award winner. In 2019, we’re also excited to be adding an additional diversity award, one that celebrates the best public sector organizations, in our region that practice and develop excellent diversity and inclusion programming. Congratulations to Dennis Swan and MSUFCU!”

Learn more about the LEAP’s diversity and inclusion initiativemembership and board of directors online.

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About LEAP

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all—working every day to grow, retain and attract business.