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ALUMNAE STORY

Michelle Kool, ’08 A FUTURE-FORWARD APPROACH

It’s exciting for anyone to make plans and watch them materialize before your eyes. It’s particularly thrilling for Michelle (Jaksic) Kool, a facility planning senior specialist for Northwestern Mutual, who is on the forefront in supporting the company’s tremendous growth and expansion. Kool was a sophomore in interior design when she heard one of the company’s design professionals speak at Mount Mary. After the presentation Kool struck up a conversation about internship possibilities. She applied, interviewed and was hired. She worked as an intern for three years and was hired as a fulltime employee soon thereafter.

The challenge, she said, is to make sure more than 6,000 employees and contractors have productive workspaces and facilities as construction proceeds on the 32-story Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons.

Her youth has been an asset at work, and her progressive spirit has been encouraged. Michelle is involved “THE CHALLENGE in many design projects that employ invigorating colors, IS TO MAKE SURE modern furniture, cubicle-free MORE THAN 6,000 workspaces, which reflect the company’s desire to move boldly EMPLOYEES AND into the future.

CONTRACTORS

HAVE PRODUCTIVE

She’s also put her energy to WORKSPACES AND work at Mount Mary’s Starving Artists’ Show, co-chairing the FACILITIES AS entrance gate committee for the past six years with friend and “Having work experience while CONSTRUCTION alumnae Rachel Connet. There attending school helped me PROCEEDS...“ are two highlights to this work, apply my education to real-life she said: On the day of the event situations,” she said. she most enjoys the anticipation of the early birds who show up at the entrance gate at Today Kool works on a team with four daybreak. fellow facility planning senior specialists to plan, develop and implement space The other perk of being on the planning changes at the two Northwestern Mutual board for the show, she said, is revisiting the campuses, located in downtown Milwaukee campus at points throughout the year. and Franklin. She analyzes client needs to develop floor plan options and product “We hold planning meetings throughout solutions by leveraging specialized software the year so I’m able to appreciate being and building codes as guidelines. She back here in all seasons,” she said. “I feel coordinates projects with multiple internal connected to campus.” skilled trades’ teams and other vendors to create efficient and innovative work environments.

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