WMU News

Growing into a new management position

Jan. 9, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Finding your footing in a new leadership post will be the topic when Dr. Virginia Jones, SSJ, speaks Thursday, Jan. 16, as part of a series of lunchtime workshops sponsored by Western Michigan University.

Sister Jones, coordinator of the Nazareth Center for Eco-Spirituality and an instructor at WMU and Siena Heights University, will present "Growing Into a New Management Position" from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in the Federal Room of the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce building, 346 W. Michigan Ave. Sponsored by WMU's Women's Business Development Center, the program is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the presentation.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact WBDC Director Patricia Guenther by phone at (269) 387-2714 or via e-mail at <patricia.guenther@wmich.edu>.

In her talk, Sister Jones will discuss the challenges people face when taking on new leadership positions. She will discuss how to discover what you know and what you don't know, as well as how to determine who can help.

A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Jones is coordinator of the Nazareth Center for Eco-Spirituality, where she develops and facilitates educational programs designed to increase environmental awareness and teach people to live in harmony with nature. She is the former vice president of education, health promotion and mission effectiveness at Borgess Health Alliance, where she also served for eight years as chair of the biomedical ethics committee. In addition to her current roles as an instructor at WMU and Siena Heights, Sister Jones served for 14 years as an administrator and associate professor of biology at Nazareth College. She earned her bachelor's degree at Springfield College, and master's and doctoral degrees at Michigan State University.

WMU's Haworth College of Business established the Women's Business Development Center in 1999 to offer support to female professionals and entrepreneurs through training, problem-solving consultation, current business information and networking opportunities.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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