The NAPW Sarasota Local Chapter Launched Their First Meeting this May

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The NAPW Sarasota Local Chapter launched their first meeting on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011, which included a speaker, member introductions and networking.

...as professional women in this community, we can create a bond of success that other organizations cannot achieve by competing with one another…

Chapter President, Susanne Daniels, welcomed the group and shared her experiences from the NAPW National Conference held at the Waldorf Astoria on April 29th, 2011. She shared on the speakers’ topics and encouraged everyone to consider planning to attend the 2012 conference.

Susanne then spoke about the Sarasota NAPW Chapter objectives and how they will reflect and support the brand promise of NAPW, to be a trusted place for professional women to Connect, Learn, Grow and Inspire. As one way of representing the brand, Susanne presented the idea of taking each other’s business cards and acting as a “members helping members” referral system.

“We, as professional women in this community, can create a bond of success that other organizations cannot achieve by competing with one another… If you have a potential client or customer that you cannot provide a service or product to and you are able to refer someone who can, you still have a satisfied customer,” Susanne said.

The group then welcomed speaker, and member, Reneé Snyder from the Sarasota Habitat for Humanity. Reneé is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity and a 2010/11 NAPW Women of the Year. She spoke about her position where she has been for just over a year. Reneé also shared about the path that led her to this position. She had been a Sarasota resident for 27 years and was originally from Kentucky. She has a background in banking and her previous position was with the Sarasota County Office of Housing and Community Development, where she started an affordable housing program in the south county area. She suggested that everyone find detailed information about Habitat for Humanity by visiting the website at http://www.habitatsrq.org. She brought Real Magazine, Executive Publisher, Ed Bertha, as her guest. She thanked Ed for his promotions of HFH and for the announcement of the launch meeting of the NAPW Sarasota Local Chapter meeting in the online version of the Real Magazine publication.

Ed talked about his enthusiasm for the local Habitat for Humanity, handed out copies of the April issue, featuring Habitat for Humanity, to each person in attendance. Ed announced that he would also like to show support for our NAPW local chapter by publishing an article about NAPW and the Sarasota Local Chapter written by Susanne Daniels.

The members then introduced themselves and their business to each other.

Kristina Calvin is an NAPW Member and the Marketing Coordinator for Boars Head Brand, in Sarasota, FL. Boar’s Head products and services include the manufacturing of food products. She attended Ohio State University and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ohio State Alumni and her Home Owners Association. When she is not working, she loves going to the beach. She shared that she has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in the past. One of Kristina’s greatest assets is her communication skills.

Patrice Say is a member and originally from New England. Patrice moved to Sarasota 26 years ago when an opportunity became available with Kelly Services. She received her bachelor's degree from University of Florida and her area of study was Human Resources and Customer Service. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources SPHR. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Sarasota. Patrice has Human Resources, Marketing, and Management Training background. She currently is a principal owner of Aspire Partners, whose principal products and services include hands on business consulting. She provided expert advice on business practices, time management, profit and loss analysis per department, staffing suggestions, job descriptions and personal development seminars, and project management. When she is not devoting time to her work, she enjoys traveling, boating, golf, and reading.

Barb Wise is a member and recently relocated from Michigan to Florida. She shared that she is looking forward to meeting and getting to know other professional women in the Sarasota area. Barbara is Assistant Manager for Comerica Bank /Comerica Wealth Management in the Southside Village area in Sarasota. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, and has worked in the Banking industry for over 20 years.

Kim Bindley- Seyer is an NAPW member and is a principle of The Seyer Group- Consulting Services. The Seyer Group‘s works with a variety of Government Agencies. Kim’s direct expertise is in local, state and federal issues. The associations with which she is currently involved include ICSC and National Association for Female Executive Entrepreneurs. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, she now works out of her Lakewood Ranch office with her husband and Black Lab. She held the position of Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and worked with Governor Jeb Bush. She is a member of Junior League and works with the Girl Scouts.

Susanne Daniels is a member and the owner of Restyled life is thrilled to have the new chapter up and running. Her background in human resources, training and labor relations transitioned into her new restyled life as a transition and career coach, trainer and consultant. She works with women in career and business transition, helping them to navigate the workforce and beyond, with goal focused success strategies. She also gives workshops at the Sarasota Women’s Resource Center that provide skills needed by women seeking to reenter the workforce. She loves being by the water, walking early in the morning and traveling.

For additional information regarding the Sarasota local chapter and/or [NAPW please visit http://www.napw.com.

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