WMU News

Coping in times of change

April 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Not just coping, but thriving in times of change will be the topic when a local author and trainer speaks at Western Michigan University Monday, April 8.

Mary Jane Mapes will present "How to Survive and Thrive in Times of Change" beginning at
7 p.m. in Room 2000 of Schneider Hall. The program, sponsored by the professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and the dean's office of the Haworth College of Business, is free and open to the public.

"Every individual has a choice to make: growth or stagnation," says Mapes. "Because our world is changing, what worked yesterday will not work tomorrow. In business today, employees must be flexible and ready to respond immediately to whatever comes up."

In her talk, Mapes will explain why an attitude that promotes positive action is critical for success, how to eliminate self-imposed barriers, why personal vision is fundamental to success and the importance of committing to a life of service.

The author of self-study audio learning systems, Mapes speaks nationwide at conventions and for corporations and health care organizations on winning customers for life, the art of listening, and developing influence with prospects, customers and team members. She earned a master's degree in communication and has experience as an educator, trainer, radio announcer, and goodwill ambassador for the National Cherry Industry. She works with groups of 10 to 1,000 approximately 100 times each year, and her clients have included Avon Products, Wolverine Worldwide and the Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

Delta Sigma Pi is a co-ed professional business fraternity whose main purpose is to help students gain professional skills and contacts that will be beneficial in the business world.

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

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