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October 5, 2023


Join us for an incredible night showcasing the transformation and hope that happens daily at Mel Trotter Ministries. 

Help us in providing for our guests by sponsoring or attending our event.

Event Details


Date & Time

October 5, 2023


The JW Marriot


Keynote Speaker: Ashley Ward

Ashley Ward is the Founder and CEO of W Talent Solutions, a boutique executive recruiting and talent consulting firm based in Grand Rapids, MI with a staff of ten employees. She leads talent strategy, brand management, and national expansion efforts for the firm. Ashley founded W Talent Solutions in 2017 with a mission to start a philanthropic business that gives ten percent of its profit to nonprofits that empower our community.

Prior to founding Hire For Hope, Ashley was an Executive Recruiter for a Michigan-based headhunting firm. She also worked for a freight brokerage business based in Cincinnati and recruited the founding team for their Grand Rapids office, as well as twenty other offices across the US. Previous to her work there, she spearheaded the recruiting efforts for a national insurance company based in Grand Rapids. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cornerstone University and advanced through graduate coursework in counseling. She is a certified practitioner in several psychometric tools and candidate pre-screening assessments and has personally conducted over 10,000 executive candidate interviews.

Ashley’s passion for philanthropy shines through in her involvement serving on multiple executive boards. She currently serves on The City of Grand Rapids’ Downtown Improvement District Board, Wedgwood Christian Services’ Board of Directors, and the YWCA’s Fund Development Committee.

She previously served on the Board for Safe Haven Ministries where she chaired their Corporate Impact Committee, as well as the Grand Rapids Sister Cities Council, and the City of Grand Rapids’ Mayor’s Next Gen Advisory Board. She is also currently the Executive Director for Grand Angels, a venture capital angel investment group, and a Member the Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program.

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If you have any questions, contact us via our online form or reach out to contact:

Heather Osterink
[email protected]
(616) 588-8753


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