Garden City, NY (PRWEB) August 29, 2012
Members and guests of the Red Bank Local Chapter gathered together August 21st for a professional networking meeting at Front Street Trattoria. The Meet & Greet event, which was a prelude to the Chapter’s official launch scheduled for September 25th, gave members and guests the opportunity to get to know one another and establish the new Chapter’s direction and future goals.
Many of the women were new to the NAPW organization and were excited about the launch of the NAPW Red Bank Local Chapter. Chapter President Michele Kelley warmly welcomed the group. She opened the meeting by asking everyone to introduce themselves and tell the others what they expected from their membership in the NAPW Red Bank Local Chapter.
“The general consensus from the group was that networking with other like-minded, experienced professional women was what everyone expects from their NAPW Chapter membership,” said Michele.
The President talked to the group about the importance of members getting involved and encouraged everyone to always speak up about what they wanted out of their NAPW membership.
“The members were excited to be a part of a new Chapter that is in its formative stages and thrilled at the prospect of helping to shape its future goals,” said Michele.
One of the goals established for the Chapter is that a networking meeting will be held in the Red Bank area every four to six weeks on either a Tuesday or Thursday evening, although the option for breakfast and/or luncheon meetings was also discussed and agreed upon. Michele encouraged members to suggest different locations for future meetings. She also asked members for their preferred method of communicating going forward and gathered everyone’s email addresses for correspondence.
To accommodate everyone’s busy schedules, Michele suggested a networking session take place before each meeting so that if anyone had to leave early, they would not miss this important part of the monthly meeting. Everyone readily agreed. Alice Anselmo suggested that members have a ‘30-second intro’ at the beginning of the meetings for the benefit of those who are not familiar with all of the members.
“We also agreed that it will take a couple of more months to establish a ‘base’ membership for the Chapter, so we will continue to revisit goals during this time,” said Michele.
Michele closed the meeting by informing members and guests of the time, date, and location for the official Chapter launch next month. The formal lunch will take place on Tuesday, September 25th at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, beginning at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held outside (weather permitting) at the restaurant on the terrace beside the beach. Michele told the group that during the launch meeting, she hopes to establish a Chapter Board consisting of a Chair, Co-Chair, and Secretary, and discuss if and how the Chapter wants to get involved with social media.
The Meet & Greet event concluded at 8:00pm with everyone looking forward to future Chapter meetings and helping to make the new NAPW Red Bank Local Chapter one its members will be excited about and proud to be a part of.
Those present at the Meet & Greet networking meeting included Mara Browndorf, Shannon Jacobs, Dawn Gannon, Alice Anselmo, and Laurie Perla.
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. 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.