Robyn Afrik is a compelling platform speaker, national consultant and strategist on issues surrounding reconciliation/diversity, international adoption, multi-cultural families’ and identity formation. With over a decade of community development experience and successful fundraising efforts both in the private and public sectors, Robyn, a Korean adoptee, continues sharing her own unique and personal story, to inspire, teach and challenge those being called to the issues of social change. Robyn continues to be sought after by organizations of all sizes to share her expertise in bridge building at a ground level. Robyn is married with three children and makes her home in Holland, Michigan.
Robyn Afrik is a National Certified Global Career Development Facilitator (G.C.D.F.) endorsed by the National Career Development Association, (NCDA) the National Employment Counseling Association (NECA) and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). She holds a BSM in business from Cornerstone University and studied social work at Valparaiso University.
Over the last decade, Robyn has worked in foreign trade policy and globalization, community development, youth, leadership and fundraising. She also worked with the leadership and churches of the Reformed Church in America to engage in local missions.
Robyn speaks publicly on various issues surrounding diversity, international adoption and race relations. She has been featured in Ray McMillan’s 2009 Race to Unity Conference with Tony Evans; Mark DeYmaz’s 2010 Multiethnic Church Conference, hosted by Outreach Magazine and Christianity Today. She was featured as the 2010 MLK Keynote speaker for the city of Dubuque, IA and served as the keynote speaker for Calling all Colors (CAC) a national diversity initiative for middle and high school youth- representing over 4 school districts along the Lakeshore of Michigan. Robyn has shared her story at the 2011 Biennial Salvation Army Multicultural Conference and was recently part of the 2011 Opt4Unity gathering. Robyn’s voice continues to be sought after nationally by various conferences, churches, colleges, schools and forums both as a platform speaker and facilitator.
In 2008, Robyn became the City of Holland Human Relations Commission Government and Community Relations/Social Justice Award recipient in recognition for advancing the cause of racial and cultural acceptance among all of the Holland Community. She is a host for The Gathering, a bi-annual event fostering inclusivity and diversity for over 100 professional West Michigan community members representing various countries from around the world. Internationally, Robyn was also selected and featured to be on Achimadang, a television show provided by the Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS) in Seoul,Korea. Her story was featured as an adopted Korean searching for biological family.
Robyn Afrik is the founder and President of Afrik Advantage LLC, an organization dedicated to lead and facilitate key strategic initiatives for businesses, non-profits, cities and church groups interested in becoming intentionally diverse. She may also be found consulting with Dr. David Anderson and BridgeLeader Network (BLN). She constantly seeks partnerships that empower, inspire and direct the next multi-cultural generation of leaders.
In 2011, Robyn was appointed as a Regional Diversity Advisor for all of West Michigan; through the West Michigan Strategic Alliance (WMSA). She is also a 2011 nominee for the Lakeshore Athena Awards, promoting individuals who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business while actively assisting women in realizing their full leadership potential. Robyn continues to publish a revolving column in the Holland Sentinel. She passionately serves or has served on various boards like the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance (LEDA); the Holland Area Arts Council (HAAC), The Holland Sentinel and co-serves the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) for the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation with her husband to promote philanthropy and leadership in the next generation.
Robyn is a swim mom and wife to a beautiful family living in a town that celebrates a rich Dutch heritage. She does all of these things, represented as a Korean Adoptee, married to a West African and raising a multi-cultural and multi-national family in Holland, Michigan. She has lived and traveled in various places such as Senegal, West Africa, Mexico and Seoul,Korea.