NAPW Bronx Local Chapter Kicked Off their First Meeting with Introductions and Created a Board

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National Association of Professional Women Bronx Local Chapter gathered for their first professional networking meeting with success. The Chapter formed a board and got to know one another.

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I’m excited about the turn out for our first meeting,” Christlean said. “We had twelve enthusiastic members in attendance and one guest and we’re all ready to connect and grow professionally.

The NAPW Bronx Local Chapter gathered on May 24th for their first professional networking meeting at the Royal Coach Diner on Gunhill Road, Bronx, NY.

Christlean Alphonse, Bronx Local Chapter President, kicked off the Chapter’s first meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance.

“I’m excited about the turn out for our first meeting,” Christlean said. “We had twelve enthusiastic members in attendance and one guest and we’re all ready to connect and grow professionally.”

Pink balloons were draped over the chairs along with pink table cloths to allow members to share and place their products and information. At the start of the evening, members had the opportunity to meet each other for the first time over light refreshments. The atmosphere was open and friendly and members talked about their businesses and interests.

Christlean introduced herself and shared why she joined the NAPW and embraced the role of Chapter President. She also invited members introduce themselves and to talk about their vision for the Bronx Chapter.

Christlean introduced herself as an entrepreneur who specializes in telecommunications and energy solutions for small to medium size businesses. She then asked several members to give five minute synopses of their businesses, enterprises, and backgrounds.

Robin Smalls is a Gospel Recording Artist and Educator with Groove City Entertainment, LLC. She shared a gift of song with the members and patrons of the restaurant. Ms. Smalls owns Robin's Music Studio, which specializes in production and music education. Ms. Smalls will be sharing her gift of song during a fundraiser for cancer research on June 27th. Many members were enthusiastic about the event and are planning to attend.

Crystal M. Cutler is the President at Glory Financials, LLC, which specializes in real estate investments. She is also an Independent Associate and Small Business Specialist at Prepaid Legal Services, Inc./Legal Shield, Inc. Ms. Cutler talked about the importance of pre-paid legal and for those members who signed up at the meeting received tickets to an off-Broadway play. Two members signed up on the spot.

Next, members discussed the volunteer board positions.

Sherice J. White of SamIrene Enterprises volunteered to be the Chapter Secretary.
Idalia I. Giraud-Matos had volunteered to be Co-Secretary and is an Administrative Assistant for the NYC Department of Education, which specializes in Education. She is also a Certified Holistic Health Care Coach.

Sophia Anglin volunteered to be the Chapter Event Coordinator. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse at St. Barnabas Hospital, an entrepreneur and a community activist.
Bettina Compass will be the Chapter’s Charitable Event Coordinator. She is the Owner and Massage Therapist of Compass 2 Relaxation.

Lorrie-Nicole Wellington volunteered to be the Treasurer. Her areas of expertise include financial analysis. Her professional title is Marketing Coordinator at Official Payments, which specializes in Electronic Payment Processing.

Once positions were filled members agreed that meetings will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at a location in the Bronx and special events will be held on Saturdays with given notice. For future meetings each member will have the opportunity to take the stage and talk about their business endeavors. The Chapter will be looking for guest speakers who will be invited to share knowledge and expertise on pertinent subjects.

The next meeting is to be held on June 27t at Tosca Bar and Restaurant in the Bronx, NY.
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.

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