NAPW Members Powered Up Personal, Entrepreneurial Passions at July Networking Events

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Local Chapters nationwide highlighted successful entrepreneurs and passion projects

This July, the professional women of NAPW embraced what they are passionate about and empowered one another to do what they love and love what they do.

NAPW members nationwide celebrated Personal Passions and Entrepreneur Month by showcasing their personal passions and sharing their secrets for entrepreneurial success. Local Chapters empowered professional women to pursue their dreams of owning their own businesses with hands-on networking events, tips from successful entrepreneurs and strategies for effectively using social media. Members and guests also did their part to make a difference in the community by giving back to those in need through food drives and other fundraisers. Together, NAPW Chapter members set new goals for personal and professional success.

“This July, the professional women of NAPW embraced what they are passionate about and empowered one another to do what they love and love what they do,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Local Chapters nationwide held motivational networking events that highlighted their entrepreneurial spirits. Passion equals Power! It’s our passion that powers us with the motivation to succeed.”

At Chapter events in NAPW’s Eastern Region, members gathered together to support and encourage one another. The Waldorf, MD, Local Chapter hosted a panel discussion that featured two distinguished businesswomen: Patricia Watts, Publisher for HERLIFE DC Metro Magazine, and Kellie Thompson, Owner of Successful Looks, LLC. Members in Newport News, VA, shared stories about entrepreneurship and combined networking with their passion for helping others. In Ocala, FL, members and guests did the same as they joined member Sue Bruzdziak’s ‘Love Ocala Christmas in July Food Drive’ that benefited the local Interfaith organization.

In NAPW’s Western Region, professional women joined together to learn from each other. Member showcases in Mesa, AZ, and Los Angeles and Simi Valley, CA, gave members the opportunity to spotlight their businesses. Speakers shared their expertise—from social media to entrepreneurship—and took center stage during monthly networking meetings in Palm Beach, Santa Clarita, San Diego, Palo Alto, CA, Salt Lake City, UT, and Honolulu, HI.

“Local Chapters recognized women who dared to take the risk and step outside of their comfort zones to pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship,” said Louise Newsome, NAPW National Director of Chapters and NYC Chapter President. “We’re inspired by members’ stories of the necessary steps they take in order to build a business of their own.”

Professional women in NAPW’s Central Region also welcomed guest speakers who offered their advice for running a successful business. At power networking events in Indianapolis, IN; Covington and New Orleans, LA; Orland Park, IL and The Woodlands, TX, members and guests got expert tips and empowered one another with their stories of following their passions for personal and professional success.

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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 more than 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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