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Olivet College student Katelyn VanMeter selected to represent top young talent at Governorís Economic Summit
Mar 21, 2013

Olivet College senior Katelyn VanMeter, of Sturgis, was one of 20 Michigan college students selected to represent the state’s top young talent during Governor Rick Snyder’s Economic Summit March 17-19 in Detroit.

VanMeter served as part of the Young Talent Panel during the summit, which consisted of college students from across Michigan who hope to become an integral part of the state’s workforce.

Part of the students’ roles was to speak about their professional goals, their future ambitions and why they want to make their careers in Michigan. Governor Snyder highlighted the contribution that these students can make to our state and the importance of developing opportunities for them in Michigan.

“These are Michiganders,” Governor Snyder said. “We should be very proud of that. And we should all have a passion to have them stay here. That’s our opportunity.”

As a future Michigan professional, VanMeter was given the opportunity to participate in all sessions of the conference, including: networking with business leaders around Michigan; Young Talent Panel general and regional breakout sessions; strolling dinners at Ford Field, the Madison Building and Fox Theatre; and a pre-event career coaching session.

A business administration/accounting major, Van Meter is involved in several leadership roles at Olivet College. She serves as vice president of the accounting student organization; is a member of the President’s Leadership Institute and Phi Beta Lambda, the college’s business professional organization; and has been named to the Dean’s List numerous times during her college career. She was nominated by Renee Smith, assistant professor of business at Olivet College, to attend the summit.

“The Business Administration Department had several, very qualified students who were nominated for this opportunity,” said Smith. “We were thrilled that Katelyn was selected to represent the college and our academic program.”

The Governor’s Economic Summit was designed to address Michigan’s employer talent needs and create opportunities for regional collaboration and placemaking. For more information about the event, visit www.michigan.gov.


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