June 19, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- Natalie Richert of Kalamazoo has joined Western Michigan University as a conference coordinator in the Office of Professional Programs and Conferences.
Richert will coordinate non-credit professional programs and customized training for various off-campus organizations as well as coordinate conferences and training for WMU groups and departments. Much of her time will be spent working with area business and industry.
"I'm excited to be involved with our office's new professional programming emphasis," Richert said. "Partnering with business and industry is beneficial to the University and to business professionals. We have so much we can share with each other."
Richert, who received a bachelor of arts degree from WMU in 1993, had been an account coordinator with Maxwell Advertising in Kalamazoo since 1995.
"I'm proud to be back at WMU," she said. "As an alumna, I'm already familiar with the many benefits of the University. To be able to make those resources accessible to more people and organizations is very satisfying."
From 1994 to 1995, Richert served as office manager and then program coordinator for Yarrow, a center for personal growth and professional development in Augusta. Prior to this, she was a free-lance writer and franchise sales support person for Little Professor Book Centers at its corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor. While a student, Richert was employed for two years at WMU's Bernhard Center, working her way up to conference room reservationist.
The professional programs and conferences office provides a wide range of non-credit educational programming, including customized training for business and industry, courses to meet continuing professional education requirements, certificate programs, conferences, and professional development and growth opportunities. A part of the WMU Division of Continuing Education, it also provides full-service conference management for local, state and national events.
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