NAPW Charlotte Local Chapter Discussed Opportunities for Women’s Professional Development at Professional Networking Meeting in March

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National Association of Professional Women Charlotte Local Chapter brainstormed on several ideas to better themselves as professionals and to continue to increase their areas of expertise.

The NAPW Charlotte Local Chapter met for a professional networking meeting on Thursday, March 15th.

Members in attendance were Renee Skipper, Maia Smith, Brenda Williams, Christy Obimah, Shalini Hurley, and Christine Strickland, Chapter President.

A brainstorming session started with a conversation about why they all became members of NAPW and what they wanted to get out of their local chapter. Everyone agreed that their primary reason for joining was networking, followed closely by opportunities for professional development.

The conversation continued with ideas for upcoming meetings. All members agreed that each meeting should include networking time, followed by a demonstration, an educational topic, or a speaker. It is important to provide opportunities for chapter members to speak on their own areas of expertise, as well as inviting outside speakers.

The members in attendance who volunteered to speak at upcoming events included Brenda, Maia, Rene, and Christine.

Brenda will discuss topics related to healthy eating. Maia will speak on skin care. Rene will speak on public relations and marketing. Christine will speak on saving for retirement.

The Chapter hopes to have someone from the Chamber or SBA attend a meeting to discuss running a small business at a future meeting. The group also plans to address career changes, social media, brand awareness, personal marketing, target marketing, and marketing planning.

The chapter will discuss new ideas for Facebook, including posting videos from members about their companies and services, continuing to add companies to the members-owned company spotlight page, and posting interesting events including SBA events, tradeshows, or other events that they’re either attending as vendors or want to attend as a group. A member suggested a “who do you know who…” section, where members can help each other find resources for business.

“We have an amazing diversity in our chapter,” said Christine.

The next Chapter meeting will focus on marketing planning that can be applied to personal or business marketing and plenty of networking time will be scheduled.

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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