National Association of Professional Women Inducts Mary Oquendo, Co-Owner of Hands and Paws Reiki for All, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Mary Oquendo selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

I’m pleased to welcome Mary into this exceptional group of professional women. Her outstanding work in the professional pet industry and her continued pursuit of professional excellence illustrates her commitment to her chosen field.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Mary Oquendo as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in leadership in business. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Mary into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her outstanding work in the professional pet industry and her continued pursuit of professional excellence illustrates her commitment to her chosen field."

Ms. Oquendo brings a long history of diverse animal care experience to her leadership role in animal wellness. She has procured marketing, blogging, new business development and online radio knowledge over the years. She designs her websites, writes for Natural Awakenings, Petcha, The Door Opener and Groomer To Groomer and hosts an online radio program, in addition to being her business’s social media expert. The evolution of her 16 years of dog grooming into several different aspects of animal care stems from the illness of her beloved pet, Marcus.

Since opening her business 16 years ago, Ms. Oquendo has developed a strong set of professional and personal skills, including animal wellness, crystal healing, social media and motivational leadership as well as public speaking at national trade shows and educational symposiums. Her continued hard work, motivation and dedication to her business has brought much success to her company.

“I love working in conjunction with veterinarians, help animals with chronic medical conditions, as well as helping to incorporate a wellness program to improve the overall health, quality of life and longevity of people and pets,” said Ms. Oquendo. “The most rewarding aspect of my endeavors is making a positive impact on the well-being of pets.”

Ms. Oquendo continues to grow her team and business, with goals to expand and provide both in-person and “My long-term project will involve coaching women to follow their dreams,” she says.

Awards & Accomplishments: Recipient of the 2012 David Salzberg Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Pet Industry; nominated for Woman of The Year by the Women in the Pet Industry Network.

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NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive networking forum to successful professional women where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, tools and benefits, members interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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