NAPW Chesapeake, VA Local Chapter Membership Continues to Grow at Networking Events

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National Association of Professional Women Chesapeake, VA Local Chapter doubles attendance of members and guests at August and September networking meetings.

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The NAPW Chesapeake Local Chapter continues to grow in number. It’s impressive to note the number of women who have engaged and are working to forge the Chesapeake Chapter and their professional destinies.

Members and guests of the NAPW Chesapeake, VA Local Chapter met on August 30th and September 27th for professional networking meetings. The August meeting, which was the Chapter’s second official event, was held at the Olive Garden in Chesapeake Square and the September meeting was held at Nana Sushi at Harbour View in Suffolk. Both events were very well attended and it is clear from the excellent turnouts at both meetings that the NAPW Chesapeake Local Chapter continues to grow and thrive.

“I am happy to report that meeting attendance doubled in the month of August and more than doubled again in September,” said Chapter President Cheryl Davis. “At both meetings, the Chesapeake Chapter professional women in attendance were eager to get the ball rolling with future Chapter events.”

Cheryl kicked off the August meeting by welcoming the attendees and inviting them to introduce themselves and briefly speak about their lines of business. Member expectation surveys were completed and business cards were exchanged.

The issue of Chapter lead positions was discussed and it was agreed that a Chapter Social Director is needed. The Chapter President said she would solicit nominations for this position at the September networking meeting.

Many members and guests offered a number of suggestions when it came to the Chapter’s future plans. One idea was that since the Chesapeake Chapter covers a very large and diverse area, monthly meetings should continue to be held at changing venues to ensure all members get every opportunity to attend. It was agreed to meet at the current active members’ preferred locations until such time as a core group of active participants is established. At that time, a more permanent venue in a general area convenient to our most active participants will be determined and secured at that time. A suggestion was tabled and plans were made to hold the September meeting at Nana Sushi.

The group discussed options for charitable events with which the Chapter may get involved. The discussion was tabled for the October meeting to afford additional members the opportunity to have their personal preferences considered. It was agreed to invite the Chapter’s first guest speaker from another fairly new Chapter to their September meeting.

“Ivory Burton Morgan, President of the Norfolk Chapter will join us in September to discuss her Chapter’s plans to host an upcoming event,” said Cheryl.

The Chapter President closed the meeting with a discussion of the opportunities for training that are available to members through napw.com and STAR 12®.

“All in attendance were excited to learn about the training available to our members,” said Cheryl. “Overall, the NAPW Chesapeake Local Chapter’s second meeting was a success. We have every confidence the Chapter will become a prominent organization in the Chesapeake local area.”

The Chapter’s third meeting in September, which was held at Nana Sushi, was just as successful, with another full room of members and guests present at the event. Ivory Burton Morgan, President of the Norfolk, VA Chapter, was the guest speaker.

Chesapeake Chapter President Cheryl once again welcomed everyone to the meeting. Member introductions were brief but memorable and a discussion about general Chapter issues ensued while all were served an exquisite dinner.

After the meal, Cheryl turned the meeting over to Ivory, who is the owner of Storybook Events.

She provided members and guests with the details of an event ‘Save the Children’ that the Norfolk, VA Local Chapter will host on October 20th in support of the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads.

“Ivory invited our Chapter to participate in the event and sponsor a table, free of charge, to enhance its networking experience,” said Cheryl. “Several questions were taken and everyone seemed eager to engage.”

During the September meeting, Chesapeake Chapter member Marlo Calloway was nominated and has agreed to become the Chapter’s new Social Director.

“We are excited to have Marlo working with us to support the Chesapeake Chapter members’ professional growth,” said Cheryl.

The decision was made to host the next two Chapter meetings at different libraries in the Chesapeake area. Dinner will be provided and a guest speaker will join members and guests.

“The NAPW Chesapeake Local Chapter continues to grow in number. It’s impressive to note the number of women who have engaged and are working to forge the Chesapeake Chapter and their professional destinies,” said Chesapeake Local Chapter President Cheryl Davis. “It is so encouraging to see the amount of support our women demonstrate both personally and professionally, and with community service. Many thanks to you all!”

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.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Chesapeake Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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