National Association of Professional Women's Minneapolis Chapter Has Launch Meeting

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Chapter President Lori Arriaga of Web Tailors welcomed all members to the launch of the Minneapolis chapter.

Chapter President Lori Arriaga of Web Tailors welcomed all members to the launch of the Minneapolis chapter.

Intros and Vision of the Minneapolis NAPW Chapter:

  • Lori Arriaga, Web Consultant

Web Tailors
Lori has two children whom she has home schooled until last year. She has chosen to use her free time and start her own business and apply her passion of technology to helping small business owners gain an online presence and teach them how to utilize the internet to it’s fullest extent. She really wants to become more involved with non-profit work and community outreach projects. Her vision for the chapter is to utilize our time to build business contacts, include an education aspect for members, and a have place to share connections.

  • Maelynn Bernosky, Operating Officer/Volunteer

Sustainable Revolution Project
Maelynn has worked on national and international social and environmental campaigns. She has come to Minneapolis to start her own community outreach organization, Sustainable Revolution Project, that is currently working in NE Minneapolis. SRP focuses on green education and green affordable housing for the low and moderate income segments. She hopes that the chapter will be a great networking opportunity to get people involved with community outreach and green education initiatives. She hopes to be able to really learn from the members regarding the aspects of starting and sustaining a business.

  • Sandy Forster, Owner

Little Pepper Promotions
Sandy started her own company that focuses on increasing the effectiveness of marketing and sales efforts. She also specializes in internal and external business programs that     sustain companies and shape the corporate culture. She is looking to learn more about women and the business experience, education, and for social events that help to enhance the education process.

  • Sid Korpi, Author and Entrepreneur

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Sid is an animal chaplain and motivation speaker who keeps herself very busy promoting her book, doing radio interviews as well as providing dance instruction for beginners and offers editing, proofreading services. She is also very active in the community and does an annual fund raising project for Alzheimers through her dance instruction company.

  • Kathleen Balaban, Independent Representative

EMC OrganicsKathleen started her own company, EMC Organics, after a life changing diagnosis that made her chemically sensitive to most products and surroundings that we come in contact with on a daily basis. After many years as a corporate executive and a long fight with cancer, she decided that her skills and outlook on life could be best applied to the organic and natural healthcare industry. Her company sells essential oils and herbs that are certified organic and natural health and body care products. Her vision of the chapter includes a tight comradely among members that can engage in idea building, motivation and support, and finding ways to “work smarter, not harder”.

  • Amber Greenwalt moved to Minneapolis from Southern California for a marketing position with BDM. After two years working in an industry that creates a pit-bull mentality she decided to re-group and pursue other ventures that were more in line with her occupational goals. She has really found a home here in Minneapolis and is currently taking time off and moving to another chapter in life. She wants to possibly get her MBA from U of M or move to more of the client side of marketing. She is looking forward to being a part of the chapter because she wants to be around like minded goal oriented people with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Tami Wendt, Communication Consultant, PrincipalLexica Communications, Inc.

Tami specializes in video production and connecting, educating, entertaining, and energizing our communities. She created the local program “Business Snapshots”. She is a mother of two and really enjoys her time as business owner because she has more time for her family. Her business allows her to be flexible and put her family first. She would like to see the chapter be a place to connect with people, network, and hear what others are doing.

  • Laurie Osmondson, Owner National Flooring Equipment, Inc.Laurie has worked at all levels of her families company since college. She is a real visionary when it comes to understanding all the levels of the company. She is in charge of a team of women and even though she is higher management, she still is very involved with all levels of the company. They manufacture equipment for the flooring industry. Laurie has been full time for over 30 years and has grown up with the business. Recently, she has brought in an investor to grow the company. Her vision is to get feedback from other members and have a support system through the chapter.
  • Teresa Wimmer, Vice President of Business DevelopmentScripsys, Inc. Teresa started Scripsys, a medical transaction company, and through many trials has grown the company and accomplished many wonderful things in the medical field. For example one of her biggest accomplishments was coordinating 62 people over two years to do mission work in the Philippines. During their time there they performed over 300 surgeries. They have facilities in the Philippines. She is in charge of new business development and sales. She recently landed an account that saved a facility. Her vision for the chapter is to be able to help each other, network, and developing opportunities that make the difference. She wants to reconnect to the world through NAPW.
  • Karen Lee, Litigation Supervisor Meyer & Njus Karen just got a recent promotion to Litigation Supervisor. The primary practice of her firm is consumer collections. They have many Midwest locations. She started as a fraud investigator for US Bank. Now, she is paralegal at a law firm in downtown Minneapolis. She is getting married in June. Her vision for the chapter is to be exposed to business practices and advice outside the legal work and education she currently receives. She wants to be able to help herself and help others and build relationships with others.


  • Speakers would present for a half and hour.
  • Shape the meetings around specific business ideas members want to discuss and then have the speaker present on that topic.
  • Speaker ideas:

1.Mikki Pfefferie: Reiki Master, Women’s Health and Wellness (Sandy Forster’s sister)
2.Pamela Muldoon : marketing, networking, connections
3.Susan Anderson: VP of Private Bank MN. (o) 612-305-4235, (c) 612-250-6250, email: suea(at)pbmn(dot)com

Discussion Topics:

  • Good marketing techniques and strategies
  • What are the challenges to starting a business?
  • Community building and networking
  • Workplace attitudes
  • Growing your business and sustaining it
  • Fundraising
  • Getting your MBA
  • Balancing work and personal time
  • Harnessing big visions and keeping your intellectual property safe

Meeting Structure Ideas:

  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Networking time
  • Group breakouts
  • Have a NAPW member present on a topic
  • Have the speaker present for half an hour, one hour for networking, half hour to report to the group the two main things you learned.

Meeting Times:

  • Daytime: 7
  • Evenings: 1
  • Flexible: 2 day
  • Alternate monthly meetings: day and night

Meeting Spaces:

  • Murray’s Restaurant, downtown and they validate
  • YMCA downtown
  • Target downtown
  • Teresa Wimmer’s office for evening meetings

Upcoming Events/Topics:

  • Steve Martin’s, The Underpants: Last week in February, first 2 weekends in March: Play at the Burnsville Center. Contact Sid Korpi for more info
  • Dance Contest for Alzheimers. Contact Sid Korpi for more info
  • Book: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. Recommended by Teresa Wimmer

For additional information regarding the Minneapolis local chapter and the National Association of Professional Women, please visit You can also visit us at and


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