NAPW Members Kept the Beat in February with Heart-Healthy Networking Events & Black History Month Celebrations Held Around the US

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National Association of Professional Women Local Chapters put their hearts into getting educated about healthy living and celebrating the many accomplishments of Black Americans

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NAPW Local Chapters embraced Heart Health Month by supporting the Go Red For Women movement. Members and non-members around the country participated in our fundraising teleconference, the Go Red For Women Wake-Up Call.

Throughout the month of February, NAPW members didn’t miss a beat when it came to recognizing the importance of American Heart Month and Black History Month. At Local Chapter meetings around the country, thousands of women gathered to network, learn more about keeping their hearts healthy and celebrate the many significant contributions of Black Americans.

From heart-healthy workshops and fundraisers that benefitted NAPW Foundation partner, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, to heartfelt events honoring Black heroes such as a local Tuskegee Airman and the first Black Miss Florida, NAPW Local Chapters kept the beat by keeping members informed and empowered.

“In February, we took control of our heart health to help wipe out heart disease… America’s number one killer of all women,” said Star Jones, President and National Volunteer for the American Heart Association (AHA). “And in celebration of Black History Month, we made history happen! Today, Black women mean business and are starting more businesses than any other group.”

“NAPW Local Chapters embraced Heart Health Month by supporting the Go Red For Women movement. Members and non-members around the country participated in our fundraising teleconference, the Go Red For Women Wake-Up Call,” added Louise Newsome, NAPW National Director of Chapters and NYC Chapter President.

Many Local Chapters across the country, including NAPW’s Eastern Region Chapters in NYC and Washington, DC, hosted livestream viewing parties of AHA’s The Red Dress Collection Fashion Show held at Lincoln Center in NYC. Members and guests cheered on Star Jones as she and other celebrities, walked the runway in red! At networking events in Bergen County, NJ; Harford County, CT; Forest Hills and Westchester, NY; Rockville, MD; Scranton, PA and Stafford, VA members and guests welcomed expert speakers who shared tips for living a heart-healthy lifestyle and explored Black history events.

Fundraising for AHA, educating members and guests on how to live a healthier lifestyle, and honoring the accomplishments of Black Americans were on the agenda at Local Chapter meetings throughout NAPW’s Southern Region. Speeches from a surviving Tuskegee Airman and the first Black Miss Florida inspired professional women in the Orlando, FL Local Chapter, while members and guests in Ocala, Palm Beach, Pembroke Pines and St. Petersburg, FL; Covington and New Orleans, LA and Dekalb-Gwinett and Marietta, GA viewed the AHA fashion show live, raised funds for the worthy cause and celebrated Black History Month.

In NAPW’s Northern Region, members and guests in Bowie, MD; Naperville, IL and Columbus, OH got to the heart of the matter when they learned about heart health from healthcare experts. Local Chapters in Chicago and Shaumburg, IL held unique fundraisers that benefited AHA. Members and guests in Orland Park, IL and Western Milwaukee, WI got physical at local gyms and learned the benefits of exercise when it comes to staying heart healthy.

Members in Wichita, KS, in NAPW’s Central Region, spoke from the heart as they shared with members and guests their own personal struggles with heart disease. Expert speakers from that Chapter and Austin, TX shared valuable, heart-healthy tips and interesting facts regarding Black History Month.

Guest speakers representing AHA’s Go Red For Women movement, members who shared their own experiences with heart disease and even a Certified Laughter Yoga Coach, were on hand at Local Chapter networking meetings in Los Angeles, Simi Valley and Walnut Creek, CA; Mesa, AZ and Portland, OR. Like thousands of other NAPW members and guests, professional women throughout NAPW’s Western Region kept the beat in February by networking with one another, staying informed and feeling empowered.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities and professional events.

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NAPW defines success as "owning your own power." As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is a powerfully vibrant networking community with nearly 700,000 members and over 200 Local Chapters. NAPW members have diverse backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives and lifestyles with one common bond – their ability to succeed. NAPW's mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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