On this episode of Michigan Women, host Meghan Bunchman sits down with the new Executive Director of Hello West Michigan, Rachel Bartels. The two talk about choosing the right college, giving back and how to connect those moving to Michigan with local jobs.
Getting people to come to work in Grand Rapids is the main priority for Cindy Brown, now vice president of talent initiatives at The Right Place Inc. Brown previously served as executive director of Hello West Michigan, which promotes the region as a good place to live and work, but she transitioned to the full-time role at The Right Place to tackle persistent talent issues.
Hello West Michigan has become a model for what a successful talent attraction organization can be, according to Rachel Bartels, and that is why she is thrilled to become its next Executive Director. Her goal, beyond working with what she describes as “an amazing team that I’m now privileged to lead,” is to educate, attract, and connect people to West Michigan.
A local talent attraction organization looked within to find its next executive director. Hello West Michigan, a nonprofit that promotes the region “as a place where business thrives and people want to live and work,” said last week it promoted its former program manager, Rachel Bartels, to the role.
Hello West Michigan is pleased to announce that Rachel Bartels, the organization’s former program manager, has been selected as the next Executive Director. “We are thrilled Rachel Bartels will become the next Executive Director of Hello West Michigan,” said Ann Harten, chairperson of Hello West Michigan and vice president of Global Human Resources at Haworth. “Rachel’s expertise and talent made her the obvious choice to lead the organization, and we look forward to Hello West Michigan’s future achievements under her leadership.”
Hello West Michigan, a Grand Rapids-based talent attraction organization for the state’s west side, has selected Rachel Bartels to lead the nonprofit as its new executive director. She replaces Cindy Brown, who is exiting her post to serve full time as vice president of Talent Initiatives at The Right Place, a Grand Rapids-based economic development agency, according to a news release.
Local partners are hosting a career event to attract former West Michiganders back to the region. Shelley Irwin talks about this ReThink West Michigan event with guests from Hello West Michigan, Cindy Brown and Rachel Bartels.
Hello West Michigan is noted as, “a world-class platform for talent attraction and retention.” Scroll down to the segment “New campaign attracts talent to Motor City…” and click Listen. Hello West Michigan is mentioned at 8:36.