What is LEAD?

LEAD, or Ladies Empowering & Advocating for a Difference, is a passionate group of women, who together are advancing research, innovation and patient care.  LEAD brings together West Michigan women who are inspired to help make a difference in health care for patients and families at Spectrum Health, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  LEAD members attend learning sessions throughout the year in which they get an up close and personal understanding of the programs and services that need philanthropy. At the end of the year, each member can decide how to allocate their $1,000 donation.

LEAD Membership

Our goal is to make participation effortless, allowing women to learn, be inspired and lead with their gifts. To join we ask for a minimum annual contribution of $1,000 or quarterly contributions of $250.  Members allocate their annual contribution to programs they are personally passionate about at the end of the year.

New Membership Offer
If you are new member in 2018, committed to being part of LEAD for 3-years you can become a member starting at $500. 


Contact Kaylee Swanson by Email or at 616.391.2219

2018 LEAD Learning Sessions

  • LEAD Signatures

    January - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Signatures Program

    Personalized medicine is already proving its value by curing several children who were diagnosed with types of cancer that were once deemed incurable. Signatures is on the forefront of cancer therapy, and our children deserve the best here at home.

    LEAD heard from Dr. Giselle Sholler at our January learning session, who led a discussion and tour of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Signatures Program, which is using personalized medicine to provide the best individualized treatment for our pediatric cancer patients.