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Assertiveness Article

There’s a difference between using assertiveness to accomplish a goal vs. developing an assertive identity. It has to become a part of you to truly be assertive. Sure, while you are learning, some of what you will do is to use the new skills you are learning to obtain the goal of becoming assertive. Anyone can be assertive occasionally; the long term goal is for it to become a part of you. Read more...

Janet Mitchell, housing counselorI spent my formative years in Flint and graduated in 1969 from Flint Northern. I attended Flint Junior College to obtain an Associates Degree in 1971 then attended Central Michigan University for my sophomore year. I transferred to Michigan State University in 1972 and earned a B.S. in Psychology in 1974, focusing on Child Development.

While completing my senior year at MSU I began working part-time at Michigan National Bank. The next 4 years in B anking increased my interest in the field of Finance. In 1978, I began my Mortgage Lending career as a Loan Processor and then Loan Officer assisting clients with obtaining mortgages to purchase their first home. I was recruited to start a mortgage company and given the position of VP/Loan Officer with CNB Mortgage Corporation, a subsidiary of locally owned Capital National Bank headquartered here in Lansing. While employed by various institutions locally I specialized in Mortgage Lending and served on several local boards and committees related to mortgage lending and the real estate industry.

For the past eight years I have served on the Board Directors of Meridian East Zonta with the local and international mission of “Improving the Status” of Women Worldwide. I give inspiration credit to Michele Singleterry and Suze Orman whose commitment to educating women in the area of Personal Finance thru their newspaper columns, books and lecture series have made a tremendous impact on women with the goal of self-sufficiency.

After my 25 year career in the Mortgage Lending Industry and seeing the recent mortgage crisis unfold I wanted to give back to this community by assisting the many families in the Mid Michigan area at risk of losing their homes. In April 2008 I completed MSHDA Homeownership New Counselor Training to become a Michigan State Housing Authority Certified Housing Counselor. A few of the services I will be providing for the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing and offered through the MSHDA Links to Homeownership program include Homebuyer Education, Financial Management/Economic Literacy, Pre-Purchase/ Credit Repair and Foreclosure Prevention Counseling.

To set up an individual appointment with Janet, please contact the Women’s Center.