Professionals have the opportunity to meet with West Michigan employers to talk about the community and learn about what coming back would look like. Executive Director at Hello West Michigan, Rachel Bartels, said: “People are ready to have those conversations and say, ‘I want to come back, now show me how to do it and please help me do that.’”
For the eighth year, ReThink West Michigan is back and hoping to connect hiring employers with former West Michigan residents. The casual networking event will host over 50 employers between six event locations. Rachel Bartels, Executive Director at Hello West Michigan, said it isn’t uncommon for attendees to leave the bar with a job offer.
Former West Michigan residents that are considering moving back to the region are able to explore opportunities by attending ReThink West Michigan on Thanksgiving eve. Jessica Kuster, Program Manager at Hello West Michigan, and Rachel Bartels, Program Manager at Hello West Michigan, talk with WOODTV to share some insights about this year’s event.
Business leaders encourage former residents to return to the Mitten state and rediscover job opportunities in the West Michigan region. The ReThink West Michigan annual event is being held in six different locations, including: Fremont, Oceana County, Muskegon, Hastings, Grand Rapids, and Ludington.
ReThink West Michigan aims to capitalize on one of the most popular bar nights of the year by offering drinks, appetizers, and job opportunities at a networking event for former West Michigan residents. There will be 49 companies and nonprofits at the six regional event locations on November 27.
ReThink West Michigan is back for the eighth annual year and looking to reach all individuals that are returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday. New to the lineup of event locations is Oceana County. Hear more about the event in Oceana County from Jodi Nichols, Business Development Coordinator at The Right Place, and Rachel Bartels, Executive Director at Hello West Michigan.
Now is a particularly unique time to explore job opportunities in West Michigan. The ReThink West Michigan event will be held in six different regional locations on November 27. Darryl Todd, Director of Talent Initiatives at Muskegon Area First said about the event, “There’s still plenty of opportunity for people who want to come to the area and be part of the transformation that’s happening.”
Individuals travelling from out of state to visit family in West Michigan this Thanksgiving season have the unique opportunity to attend ReThink West Michigan, a casual networking event to connect former residents to hiring employers. Jessica Kuster, Program Manager at Hello West Michigan, and Juan Carlos Hernandez, Senior Talent Acquisition/Diversity Specialist at Spectrum Health, sit down with WOODTV to discuss what’s expected at this year’s event.
ReThink West Michigan, the happy hour-style networking event, will connect hiring employers with former West Michigan residents considering relocating back home on November 27. Rachel Bartels, Executive Director at Hello West Michigan, said: “We’re highlighting the things people want to know about when they think about relocating: career opportunities and lifestyle in West Michigan.”
Hello West Michigan brought home two awards at the 2019 International Economic Development Council Awards. One award is ‘best in show’ for the annual event, ReThink West Michigan. The second was a gold excellence award for Hello West Michigan.
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) awarded Hello West Michigan a gold excellence award for the organization and a ‘best in show’ award for the annual ReThink West Michigan event at the 2019 International Economic Development Council annual conference.
Jessica Kuster, Program Manager at Hello West Michigan, talked with Travis Alden, President of Barry County Chamber and Economic Development on eightWest about the opportunities available for individuals visiting West Michigan on Thanksgiving Eve. Each location will feature several hiring employers from the region with available positions in finance, IT, HR, healthcare, engineering, and more.
The Barry County Economic Development Alliance will host a panel of professionals to highlight how the culture of a company or organization can be catalytic to future success and prosperity. Executive Director, Rachel Bartels, will be serving on the panel for an interactive discussion about first-hand experiences and best practices in economic development with professionals from West Michigan.
Rachel Bartels, Executive Director at Hello West Michigan, and Darryl Todd, Director of Talent Initiatives at Muskegon Area First, sat down to discuss ReThink West Michigan on November 27. Muskegon is one of the six location hosts for this years event. Each location will feature different hiring employers from around the region.
The annual ReThink West Michigan event received an award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at the 2019 annual conference. The IEDC received over 400 submissions from 12 countries for the category and ReThink was selected as the top overall, making it a globally recognized best practice in economic development.