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Walsh Leadership Center, Michigan Business and Professional Association Sign Collaboration Agreement

Walsh College and the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) have entered into an agreement to transfer affinity groups and select small- and family-business training events coordinated by the Walsh Institute Leadership Center to the MBPA, according to Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College, and Jennifer Kluge, CEO, MBPA.

With the agreement, MBPA gains new programming for training, events and experience-sharing for its members. Walsh College will continue to offer specific educational resources and meeting space to MBPA.

Both Walsh and MBPA will work together and expand their individual resources in connection with group presentations and sponsorships.

The transfer is effective January 1, 2016. Jan Hubbard, director, Walsh Institute Leadership Center, moved to the MBPA effective November 30, 2015 and has been named executive director, MichBusiness.

MBPA has a long history as a member service organization with systems in place for greater efficiencies.

“We are very excited to bring affinity groups to our MichBusiness initiative. We recognize the value of peer-to-peer learning,” said Kluge.

“We welcome the Walsh groups to MBPA and hope to create many new groups for HR professionals, family businesses, food industry professionals, and women in business,” she added.

“Walsh College is pleased with this arrangement with MBPA,” said Bergeron. “We believe it best serves our valued constituencies, and we look forward to collaborating on future programs.”

Hubbard joins MBPA after 15 years in various roles at Walsh. She is a veteran of the non-profit industry, starting in Washington, D.C. with The American Advertising Federation, where she was communications director, then with the Advertising Club of Washington, D.C., as executive director.

Returning to her home state of Michigan in 1988, she was appointed director, Marketing and Communications, for the United Way of Oakland County. During her 13 years at United Way, Hubbard was a resource and a recognized leader for innovative initiatives.

She is a 25-year member of the Public Relations Society of America and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hubbard holds a B.A. in Communications from Western Michigan University and has completed graduate work in Strategic Leadership at Walsh College.

A celebration of the agreement is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Andiamo restaurant, Bloomfield Township, Mich. Media representatives are welcome to attend.

For more information on Walsh College, visit www.walshcollege.edu. Visit www.michbusiness.org for more information on MBPA.