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MEREDITH BRONK CEO and President Open Systems Technologies Inc.

AS CEO AND PRESIDENT of Open Systems Technologies Inc., Meredith Bronk not only leads a $180 million organization with 180 employees, but also has responsibilities for sales, business development, marketing, service delivery, finance and operations. “As a woman in technology, it is my opportunity, responsibility and honor to model leadership in our industry,” said Bronk. “Helping others identify their strengths and own them is my passion.” Bronk has worked with OST since 1998 and served as chief operating officer before being promoted to president in 2014 and then to CEO in 2015. She has helped support OST’s growth in the technology industry and its ongoing commitment to its employees, which has resulted in an employee satisfaction rating of 94 percent during its 10-year growth period. In 2015, OST was recognized as one of the top 50 Women-Run Organizations in the country by Inc. Magazine, and was named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in both the West Michigan and national competitions. “Being recognized as an ‘Influential Woman’ carries a responsibility to authenticity. In order to be impactful, it is important — especially for women — to be confident in what we have to offer,” said Bronk. “Understanding that I am who I am, whether I’m in the board room or in my daughters’ classroom, is liberating.” Bronk serves on the board of directors for United Bank of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

MARY BROWN

Consultant/Adjunct Professor leeAlexander Consulting/Grand Rapids Community College

AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL development consultant, Mary Brown has more than 12 years of experience helping organizations in the business, nonprofit and education sectors to apply design thinking models and organizational development to enhance their efficacy. Brown has helped to design and implement strategies and programs to increase organizational learning, cultural competency and change management, as well as develop new talent acquisition and training initiatives. She has instructed at Grand Rapids Community College for nearly 20 years in the business and psychology departments, and is a doctoral student at Pepperdine University. “My greatest career achievement was taking a risk and branching out to explore my many interests when it seemed everyone was encouraging me to fit into a set mold,” said Brown. She is a former board member of Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women and Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition, and served on an advisory board for West Michigan AIGA where she supported diversity and inclusion initiatives. “My mission or goal for this second half of my life is to dedicate myself even more to opening doors and looking at diversity and inclusion in a different manner than normal,” said Brown. “I want to see women and those marginalized having access and building business and community with the use of technology.” She has been a member of the World Future Society, Society for Human Resource Management, Interaction Design Foundation and International Institute of Business Analysis and was the West Michigan chapter president of the Association for Talent Development.

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