NAPW Members Spread Holiday Cheer at December Local Chapter Networking Events

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Local Chapters celebrate accomplishments of 2015, Prepare for 2016 Year of Success

From NYC to LA and many cities in between, our Local Chapters were busy finding all the right reasons to celebrate the season of joy.

NAPW members throughout the country found ways to spread holiday cheer and celebrate the true meaning of the season as they gathered together in December at festive networking events and charitable fundraisers. From applauding each other’s personal successes to brightening the holidays for underprivileged children to setting exciting goals for 2016, professional women empowered one another by acknowledging accomplishments, sharing generously and gearing up for a New Year of success.

“From NYC to LA and many cities in between, our Local Chapters were busy finding all the right reasons to celebrate the season of joy,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “In 2015, we owned our own power, recognized our strengths and tested our resilience. We’re calling 2016 our Year of Success and our members are ready to take it on!”

Local Chapters did their part and more to make the holidays memorable. Leading the way was the NYC Chapter, which held 24 events in 2015 and raised more than $10,000 for the NAPW Foundation and other charitable organizations. It ended the year in style with a celebratory rooftop cocktail party in Manhattan for members and their guests.

“It was an evening that captured the very best of the holiday season: great causes, fabulous giveaways, a lovely space, delicious food and drinks and the company of family and friends,” said Louise Newsome, NAPW National Director of Local Chapters and NYC Chapter President. “We collected ‘Gifts for Girls,’ a cause that supports middle school Girls Inc. members in the South Bronx.”

Other Chapters in NAPW’s Eastern Region celebrated in style, including Waldorf, MD, where members de-stressed and enjoyed ‘Private Spa Time’ with Soytopia Spa. The Ocala, FL, Local Chapter recognized member Sue Brudzdiak with a Community Service Award for her selfless work in organizing annual community events, including a holiday party for less fortunate children in the area. In Scranton, PA, and Raleigh-Durham, NC, members celebrated the holiday season with an evening of networking.

In NAPW’s Western Region, members and guests from three Local Chapters in Arizona—Phoenix, Mesa and Chandler—gathered together at a gala masquerade ball complete with festive masks and ballroom dancing lessons. In Los Angeles, CA, members held a fundraiser and collected coats and sweaters for their local Dress for Success affiliate.

From raising awareness for children fighting cancer to collecting toys, the theme for Local Chapter networking meetings in NAPW’s Central region, including Orland Park, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Covington, LA; and Central Houston, TX was to make the holidays brighter for children in need.

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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 850,000 members, over 200 Local Chapters and a thriving eChapter with nearly 10,000 members. 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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