WMU News

How to find your true self

April 6, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Discovering your true self will be the topic when two life coaches speak at a Western Michigan University lunchtime workshop Thursday, April 17.

Sharon Varricchio and Terri Vought will present "Finding the Real Me: Who Am I--Really?" 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 at (269) 387-2714 or <patricia.guenther@wmich.edu>.

"It's so easy for women to get caught up in the multitude of roles we're asked to play," says Guenther. "We're wives, mothers, employees and so on, but it's sometimes hard to pinpoint who we really are beyond that. Once you know who you intrinsically, personally are, you can identify the perfect kind of career direction for you."

In her their talk, Vought and Varricchio will help participants learn to filter outside influences to "get acquainted with who you are on the inside," regardless of the current role one may be playing.

Vought, owner of Vought Enterprises, is a professional coach, educator and motivational speaker who trained at the Coaches Training Institute of San Rafael, Calif. She specializes in helping clients stay focused and determine their "life purpose." Varricchio, owner of Lighthouse Coaching Alliance, is a certified professional coach, health professional and wellness specialist. Her mission is to support clients in achieving balance and fulfillment while "completely enjoying the journey." Together, Vought and Varricchio operate V&V Associates, which provides coaching services and team-building, productivity and communication training.

WMU's Haworth College of Business established the Women's Business Development Center in 1999 to offer support to female professionals and entrepreneurs by providing 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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