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Oct 2006
October 04, 2006

Michael Fowlin Delivers Diversity Presentations to Warner Norcross, GRPS

Nationally Recognized Psychologist Brings His One-Man Show to West Michigan October 10

Nationally Recognized Psychologist Brings His One-Man Show to West Michigan October 10

As part of its ongoing diversity initiatives, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP will bring nationally recognized clinical psychologist and actor Michael Fowlin to Grand Rapids.

Fowlin will deliver two sessions of his acclaimed diversity presentations, "Beyond the Nine to Five," to community and business leaders, Firm clients, attorneys and staff on Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the auditorium of the Gerald R. Ford Museum in downtown Grand Rapids.  The presentations at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will address issues of mutual respect and inclusion in the workplace.

During the fast-paced 90-minute show, Fowlin brings to life the stories of eight employees in many workplace settings, transforming into both male and female characters to address gender equity, race relations, supervisor-supervisee relationships and the treatment of those living with disabilities. 

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Fowlin and his thought-provoking one-man show to Grand Rapids," said Warner Norcross Diversity Partner Rodney Martin.  "His presentations are entertaining and challenging, and I'm sure will spark tremendous discussions among those who attend.

"Like all business leaders in our community, Warner Norcross strives to create a diverse and inclusive workforce to help us better serve our clients.  We continually look for ways, such as hosting Dr. Fowlin, to increase our understanding of the differences in our heritage, culture and perspective. We are particularly pleased that he is willing to share his time and talents with middle- and high-school students in the Grand Rapids Public School system."

Warner Norcross has also arranged for Fowlin to present his "I Am Not the Enemy" show to all eighth and ninth graders attending GRPS.  The first performance will be at 9:45 a.m. at Central High School on Monday, Oct. 9, and the second performance will be at 12:15 p.m. at Ottawa Hills High School.  The show, which is similar in structure to his business presentation, focuses on the challenges students and teachers face each day in the classroom - and beyond.

The shows are open to the media, although recording devices and cameras are prohibited.  Fowlin will be available for interviews and photos after each performance.  Seating is reserved;  please contact Mary Ann Sabo at 616.485.1432 if you would like to attend.

Fowlin has been formally acting since the age of 11.  He has worked extensively with all age groups in the United States, focusing on peer mediation, diversity training, gender equity, violence prevention and personal identity.  His original performances, now seen by more than 1 million people, bring a heightened awareness of these issues to his audiences. 

Fowlin, who currently resides in Morristown, N.J., holds a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Rutgers University.  For more information, visit

About Warner Norcross & Judd

This year, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP celebrates its 75th anniversary of service to clients in Michigan, across the country and throughout the world. With more than 180 attorneys in Grand Rapids, Metro Detroit, Holland and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is one of Michigan's leading providers of legal services. For the third consecutive year, the Firm has a greater percentage of partners listed in the 2006 edition of The Best Lawyers in America than any other large law firm in Michigan.  Warner Norcross was also named the best corporate law firm in West Michigan by Corporate Board Member magazine for the third year in a row.  Warner Norcross has been recognized as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting and as one of West Michigan's 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For.  The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.

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