National Association of Professional Women Announces Josephine A. Eichel, Owner at Creative Penquin, as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

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Josephine A. Eichel is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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My skills and areas of expertise include creating custom, handmade toys and gifts for babies and toddlers.

NAPW honors Josephine A. Eichel as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Eichel is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 400 Local Chapters.

“My skills and areas of expertise include creating custom, handmade toys and gifts for babies and toddlers,” says Ms. Eichel, Owner of Creative Penquin.

A devoted grandmother and an expert sewer, Ms. Eichel started to create hand-sewn teddy bears and books from fabric as each of her grandchildren was born. Before long, family and friends started asking her to make the same cuddly toys for their children, often selecting their own fabric for her to use. A few years later, what started as a labor of love became a full-fledged business and Creative Penquin was established. Ms. Eichel named the business after her husband’s nickname in the US Navy: Chief Penguin. (After realizing she had misspelled ‘penguin’ Ms. Eichel decided to stick with the uniquely spelled name!)

Creative Penquin is still flourishing 15 years later. In addition to the original products, Ms. Eichel now creates an array of designs that includes burp cloths, fabric bears, books and fleece blankets, growth charts and play mats. Using washable fabrics that depict childhood themes as well as those featuring favorite sports teams and popular brands and themes, Ms. Eichel’s handmade products appeal to adults as well as children. She is currently working on publishing and releasing a children’s activity book for toddlers and preschoolers as well as wheelchair blankets. Ms. Eichel sells her handmade items through her website and at craft shows all over her home state of Washington. She is hoping to expand the number of shows she does in the future.

NAPW provides an exclusive networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect, learn 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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