DESIGNEDtoLEAD is a day-long conference that will bring national experts in leadership, from a variety of fields, to Kalamazoo to speak to and interact with a diverse group of students—fulfilling an important need for an intensive professional development opportunity in leadership for our students.

Bobby Hopewell, Mayor of Kalamazoo and Director of Hospitality Services, Borgess Medical Center

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell has spent his entire career in the service of others. From his professional positions in healthcare to his board memberships and civic responsibilities, he has demonstrated leadership and passion for improving the lives of all citizens in Kalamazoo.

Mayor Hopewell is currently the director of hospitality services at Borgess Medical Center, where he leads a team of 250 dedicated individuals to provide a clean, safe and comfortable environment for Borgess patients and customers. Before joining Borgess, he served as the community relations manager for Bronson Healthcare Group where he was actively involved in community health improvement and wellness efforts. Prior to his hospital service, he served as operations manager for Life EMS Ambulance. He was instrumental in developing Life EMS into one of the first ambulance companies in the nation to receive national

First elected to the Kalamazoo City Commission in 2003, Hopewell has contributed his time and energy to comprehensive community development and public safety. And he has worked to ensure accountability and equity in all his efforts.

A graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School, he received an associate's degreein health technology from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in public service and EMS administration from Sienna Heights College. He is currently pursuing his master's degree from Western Michigan University in human resource development.