Hope College will present the panel discussion "Charting Your Future: A Diverse Panel of Perspectives Preparing for Careers Related to Health Care" on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The program will provide students and guests the opportunity to receive insights regarding health-related careers, including effective preparation for working with diverse populations and teams.  The panel will feature guest speakers from diverse backgrounds who will share information and advice about a wide range of careers related to the health care industry.

The event is underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Michigan.  It is sponsored by the college's offices of multicultural education and career services and Phelps Scholars Program, and the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce.

Panelists will include Lloyd L. Banks, III, community responsibility and civic affairs manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in Detroit; Tahnee C. H. Prokopow, a 1992 Hope graduate who is program evaluation specialist, pre-med advisor and business manager of the Diversity and Career Development Office of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor; Carlos Sanchez, executive director at the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Grand Rapids; and Floyd Wilson, Jr., vice president of human resources for Metro Health, Grand Rapids.  The event moderator will be Dr. Brian McClenic, a 1983 Hope graduate who is a founding partner of Intervention Spine and Pain Management Centers, and medical director of pain management and chair of the bioethics committee at Community Hospital in Munster, Ind.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street