League for Public Policy recognizes Fred Keller

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Award acknowledges Keller and Cascade Engineering’s commitment to a diverse and equitable workplace


The Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) presented Fred Keller with its first-ever Corporate Crusader Award as part of its annual public policy forum last week.

The award was given to recognize the efforts Keller and the company he founded, Cascade Engineering, have made to promote fairness and diversity in their culture and beyond. Accepting the award on Fred Keller’s behalf was Sharon Darby, Cascade Engineering’s Director of Environmental, Safety and Sustainability.

“Both in his work at Cascade Engineering and his creation of Talent 2025 in West Michigan, Mr. Keller knows that business plays a vital role in promoting social and policy change,” said Gilda Z. Jacobs, President and CEO for the Michigan League for Public Policy. “It starts from within at the culture of a company and their own practices, but it helps turn the tide in all of society. We are so grateful for all Mr. Keller and Cascade Engineering have done to promote diversity and equity, and are proud to call them a partner—and a true Corporate Crusader—in the fight for better lives for their employees and all workers and their families in Michigan.”

Many of the positive policy changes Michigan has seen in the past year, especially on criminal justice reforms, are due in large part to business support and the economic perspective. Keller and Cascade Engineering have been longstanding leaders in that.

As part of the award, the League made a contribution to The Source in West Michigan on Keller’s behalf. The Source, Keller’s charity of choice for this designation, helps create opportunities for people and build a strong workforce by removing barriers to employment and helping find the resources that people need in order to be able to keep their jobs and take care of their families.

The MLPP Policy Forum also featured as its keynote speaker renowned expert Trabian Shorters speaking on “Addressing Racial Equity Through Asset Framing.” Asset framing calls for defining people by their assets and contributions, not by the negative circumstances they may face.

MLPP?is a non-partisan policy institute  “to promote racial equity, economic security, health and well-being for all people in Michigan through policy change.”

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