NAPW Members Recognized Stress Awareness and Sexual Assault Awareness Month at April Networking Events

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Local Chapter events nationwide raised awareness about two topics that affect women today

All around the country, NAPW members stood united to take a stand against sexual violence and find ways to make life less stressful for all professional women.

NAPW members recognized Stress Awareness and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, two important topics that affect women today. Local Chapter events empowered professional women with de-stressing tips, advice on staying safe and hands-on self-defense workshops. All around the country, NAPW members stood united to take a stand against sexual violence and find ways to make life less stressful for all professional women.

“NAPW provides women with a powerful network of resources, education and encouragement,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Local Chapter initiatives and events continually raise awareness about issues that affect all women, personally and professionally.”

In NAPW’s Central Region, Local Chapters did their part to raise awareness about sexual violence against women. In Carrolton, TX; Cleveland, OH; Covington, LA; Indianapolis, IN, and Orland Park, IL, guest speakers spoke to audiences about the importance of being prepared in dangerous situations, while some members courageously spoke up about their own difficult experiences as victims. Ways to conquering stress at work and at home were also addressed at networking meetings in Birmingham, AL; Rogers, AR; Royal Oak, MI, and Springfield, MO.

“Whether it’s in person at Chapter meetings and national and regional networking events or virtually through our bi-weekly eChapter meetings, NAPW members stay connected and stay informed at every level,” said Louise Newsome, NAPW National Director of Local Chapters and NYC Chapter President.

Professional women in NAPW’s Eastern Region, including Bayside and Rochester, NY; Midlothain, VA, and Ocala, FL, Local Chapters hosted guest speakers who shared their tips for staying healthy and stress-free. In Waldorf, MD, members heard the inspiring story of survival and forgiveness from a rape victim. NYC Chapter members were both inspired and empowered by the powerful words of guest speaker Dr. Debbie Joffe Ellis. “We also brought back our networking scavenger hunt, which was a hit with members last month,” said Ms. Newsome.

In NAPW’s Western Region, de-stressing was the focus of Local Chapters in North Orange and Roseville, CA; Tacoma, WA and Phoenix, AZ. Guest speakers offered members their expert advice on everything from time management to staying organized to help them bring more calm into their busy lives.

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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 850,000 members, over 200 Local Chapters and a thriving eChapter with more than 13,000 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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