Mercedes Barragan

In West Michigan, there are a lot of opportunities to be a part of a lot of different things. For me, I didn’t really know what my passion was until I got into it, but now it’s my purpose. I get back a connection – the inclusiveness of being part this community. I could never give back enough of what I’ve gotten from BLEND, but it’s inspired me to want to connect every young professional of color to this community. I want them to build a life here. When you become truly committed to a cause, it doesn’t feel like work.
- Mercedes Barragan, nominated by BLEND