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Keeping pace with change is business workshop topic

March 10, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- "Reinventing Yourself and Your Business" will be the topic when a management expert speaks Thursday, March 20, as part of a series of lunchtime workshops sponsored by Western Michigan University.

Judy Pilat, vice president of client services for Right Management Consultants in Kalamazoo, will speak 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>.

"Keeping pace with rapid change in a highly competitive, global market is forcing both organizations and individuals to constantly reinvent themselves," says Pilat. "People and organizations must find ways to effectively absorb the impact of change or risk permanent damage from the shock waves. Change can propel you to new heights or trip you up--depending on your ability to anticipate its arrival and deal with its impact."

In her talk, Pilat will discuss analyzing one's past to help set a course; weaving talents, abilities, interests and values into options that make sense; translating strategy into tactics; and measuring progress and making "course corrections."

Right Management Consultants is the world's leading provider of career transition and organization consulting services, with more than 300 offices worldwide. As vice president in the Kalamazoo office, Pilat is responsible for new business development and corporate client relations. Before joining Right Management Consultants, she built a successful career in sales, marketing, management and training with small and large companies in a number of industries. She also owned her own consulting firm, specializing in her areas of expertise. A graduate of Oakland University, Pilat is a member of the Kalamazoo Human Resource Management Association, Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce and Kalamazoo Sunrise Rotary.

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

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