Holland Museum’s cultural lens takes a look at the DEI company


Joe Matthews, Gentex Corp.’s Senior Chief Diversity Officer, has had many firsts in his life, whether in his education, personal life or corporate career.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Matthews joined Gentex in 2010 as Director of Purchasing and in 2013 was promoted to Director of Purchasing, with additional responsibilities for supply chain management.

Four years later, he was promoted to vice president of purchasing for the Zeeland manufacturer. In 2018 he was promoted to his current role, where he oversees a team responsible for all direct and indirect material goods and services, logistics expenses, customs compliance and supplier diversity.

He will join the Holland Museum on September 16 for a conversation about diversity, equity and the inclusion efforts of local businesses. Gentex, Ottawa County’s largest employer, recently launched a Spanish-speaking manufacturing line.

“We are honored to welcome Joe Matthews for this important conversation about DCI at the
company level, ”says Ricki Levine, CEO of the museum. “For anyone looking for ideas on how to incorporate this work into their business or team, Joe has insight and experience that we can all learn from. “

A Cultural Lens event

The event is part of the Holland Museum’s cultural goal programming. The Cultural Lens series was created to host a community dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

As a cultural institution, Levine says the museum has a unique platform to engage other nonprofits, social service organizations, schools and universities in partnerships to raise awareness and lead meaningful conversations to the community.

Cultural Lens is sponsored by Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital and Warner, Norcross + Judd, with support from the Community Foundation of Holland / Zeeland Area and Herman Miller Cares.

The free event, An insider’s look at diversity, equity and inclusion in businesses, will take place Thursday, September 16, 7-8:30 p.m. at Holland Museum, 31 E. 10th St. Advance registration is encouraged via Eventbrite.

While this event is currently scheduled in person, there is a possibility that it will be moved to a virtual platform. Visit the museum website for the most recent information.


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