NAPW Northern Virginia Local Chapter Kicks Off With A Launch Meeting in December 2011 and Sets Goals for Future Networking

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The National Association of Professional Women's Northern Virginia Local Chapter launched this month with a kick-off meeting held to discuss the group's upcoming agenda and set future professional networking goals.

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Many women voiced the following reasons for attending: friendship, mentorship, networking for business and marketing, professional resources, and education including workshops and training.

The NAPW Northern Virginia Local Chapter launched with their first professional networking meeting in December. The Northern Virginia Local Chapter meetings enable professional women from throughout the area to network, build relationships, and connect to the community. Laura Dotson, Northern Virginia Chapter President, called the first chapter meeting to order and welcomed everyone. The meeting was held on December 8th, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Olive Garden in Tysons Corner.

At the meeting, the chapter spent thirty minutes introducing themselves, their companies, where they were from, and their hobbies. The Northern Virginia list of attendees included Laura Dotson, Research Associate/Wellness Coordinator of Samueli Institute; Marilyn G. Micklovic, Executive Assistant to Senior Partners, Booz Allen Hamilton; Oksana “O” Hoey, CPA/Owner, Murray Jonson White Associates; Joy Ashcraft, Personal Security, L3 Communications; Nina Burton, School Administrator, Holy Trinity School; Michelle Winters, Consultant, Gentle Sleep Coach; Tonya Humphrey, Government Consultant, LMI; and Zouncerie “D” Braxton, Retired Teacher. Additionally, the chapter welcomed one potential new member in attendance as a guest: RaShawn Clark, Business Developer, Wellness Company.

The group also discussed what they would like to get out of their new chapter. "Many women voiced the following reasons for attending: friendship, mentorship, networking for business and marketing, professional resources, and education including workshops and training," said Laura.

After the introductions, the group had dinner and brainstormed about the direction and format of the Northern Virginia Chapter. The chapter discussed the day of the week for future meetings to be held on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday; the meeting times, evening, brunch or late lunch; and which week of the month. They would also vote on the best location.

Attendees voted for Thursday evenings or Saturday brunch or late lunch at any time of the month. Also during the meeting, the chapter discussed the following leadership positions:

Secretary: Provide administrative support to NAPW Northern Virginia (NVA) Chapter. She will be responsible for helping the Chapter President distribute minutes of meetings and maintain chapter calendar.

Treasury: Responsible for performing various cash accounting activities within the NVA Chapter, as needed, as well as providing expense reports to the National Chapter.

Fundraiser: Responsible for raising funds for the NVA Chapter through networking with potential donors by attending external meetings, events, or other professional organizations.

Public Relations: Responsible for preparing or editing organization publication for external audiences (if needed), responding to request for any media needs, and establishing relationship with representatives of community. The PR Chair will work closely with the Fundraiser Chair.

Activity Committee Chair and Co-Chair: The Chair and Co-Chair will work closing with the Chapter President to plan and coordinate various events as well as organize and coordinate meetings.

Finally, due to the holidays, the chapter’s next meeting will occur in February 2012 – Time/Place TBD. Prior to the next meeting, the Chapter President we gain feedback from other members to determine the optimal meeting time/place. A leadership meeting will be held early January 2012. To become a leader, members will need to contact Laura Dotson, NAPW NVA Chapter President.

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