WMU News

Personal coaches return for series of three workshops

April 10, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- On the heels of a recent workshop that showed significant community interest in the concept of professional coaching, Western Michigan University is sponsoring a series of three lunchtime programs featuring two local coaches.

Sharon Varricchio and Terri Vought of Renaissance Training Integration will present programs on Thursday afternoons April 18, May 16 and June 20 from 12:15-12:45 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 programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch to the talks.

On April 18, Vought and Varricchio will present "Being Me." Participants will learn how answering three simple questions can help them get a better sense of their inner calling. This information can be used to evaluate one's career and relationships, and to discover why we think, feel and do things the way we do.

For their May 16 program, the topic will be "How to Stay Authentic in the Midst of Turmoil." The duo will reveal how to stick with one's principles when life is difficult. Participants will examine whether the choices they make are truly in their best interests.

"Balancing Your Life" will be presented June 20. Participants are asked to bring their "to-do lists" so they can explore how their tasks match up with what's truly important to them.

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 determining 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 to live lives of balance and fulfillment while "completely enjoying the journey." Together, Vought and Varricchio operate Renaissance Training Integration, which provides team-building, productivity and communication training and coaching.

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.

Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact WBDC Director Pat Guenther at 269 387-2714 or <patricia.guenther@wmich.edu>.

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

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