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May 15 2012


Project 20/20 will partner with the Battle Creek Area Young Professionals, Urban League of Battle Creek Young Professionals and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Southwest Michigan to host a forum on “Preparing for, Getting in & Moving Ahead in the Workforce”. The forum will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Burnham Brook Community Center located at 200 W. Michigan Avenue in Downtown Battle Creek. The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is necessary. 

A facilitated panel discussion will shed light on resume building, relevant work experiences for a valuable resume, interview techniques, the importance of networking and building a professional network, and more. The panel participants include: 

• Patricia Adams, Assistant Vice President of Operations & Physician Services at Bronson Battle Creek 

• Trina Lewis, Senior Diversity and Inclusion Business Partner at Kellogg Company 

• Chris Sargent, Chief Professional Officer at United Way of Greater Battle Creek 

• Lisa Westbrook, Regional Manager at Employment Group 


High school students, recent graduates and young professionals will have an opportunity to hear first-hand from local employers about what students and young professionals can do to better position themselves when entering the workforce and while in the workplace. After the panel discussion, attendees will be able to join in a conversation about how to foster the career growth of students and young professionals. 

All community leaders, business leaders, hiring managers, parents, students, young professionals, healthcare representative, educators, and more are invited to attend. This conversation is a chance for community members to learn about key issues, connect with others and engage in a meaningful and worthwhile conversation about the employment opportunities and challenges facing the next generation. Community participation is important! 

About Project 20/20 

Project 20/20 is a convening group that facilitates connections between groups and individuals working to improve the Battle Creek area. Project 20/20 accelerates and energizes the organizations, activities, and progressive approaches in our community that create positive change. Their mission is: Working together, we champion ideas and initiatives that move this community toward excellence. Project 20/20 holds nine meetings/community forums each year on economic sustainability, education and health care. To learn more about Project 20/20, please visit or contact Amanda Lankerd at 269.830.1936 or via email at moc.liamg@0202tcejorPCB. You can also become a fan of Project 20/20 or follow them on Twitter. 

About the Battle Creek Area Young Professionals 

The Battle Creek Area Young Professionals is group that seeks to connect area 21-40 year-old young professionals through networking, professional development and community events. The group holds monthly events at local businesses/venues in the Battle Creek area. 

About the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Southwest Michigan 

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Southwest Michigan is a membership organization which strives to provide a space for young nonprofit professionals to network, build the capacity of its members, and further assist in creating lasting partnerships in the community. 

About the Urban League of Battle Creek Young Professionals 

The Urban League of Battle Creek Young Professionals seeks to empower communities and change lives. Their mission is to support young professionals through volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development. 

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