NAPW Corpus Christi, TX Local Chapter Geared Up for Official Launch Event in October

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National Association of Professional Women Corpus Christi, TX Local Chapter held recent networking meeting for members and guests to meet, discuss future plans.

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The NAPW Corpus Christi Local Chapter is gearing up for a big Chapter launch...We discussed the possibilities of reaching out to the local media outlets for support in getting the word out.

Members and guests of the NAPW Corpus Christi, TX Local Chapter were busy preparing for the Chapter’s official launch as they gathered on October 18th for a professional networking meeting. The ‘Say Hello’ event was held at Crazy Picasso’s, which is owned by Chapter member Donna Tiemann who generously offered the venue for the monthly meeting. Crazy Picasso’s offers painting parties for adults and children. At the meeting, members and guests networked and discussed future plans for the Chapter and the upcoming launch.

NAPW Corpus Christi Local Chapter President Sara Needham Russell kicked off the meeting by welcoming everyone, briefly speaking about the Corpus Christi Chapter meeting agenda, and asking members to introduce themselves as an ice breaker. A discussion about the launch meeting and how to get more members involved in the event ensued.

“The NAPW Corpus Christi Local Chapter is gearing up for a big Chapter launch,” said Sara. “We discussed the possibilities of reaching out to the local media outlets for support in getting the word out.”

Newspaper, radio, and a morning show were the top three selections members came up with to aid in the Chapter’s efforts. Current members were also encouraged to invite friends to attend the next Chapter meeting.

Other topics discussed during the networking meeting were: what can NAPW do for members; how may the Chapter reach out to the community; and the date, time, and agenda of the next Chapter meeting.

“Members believe NAPW can help them sharpen their skills, increase networking opportunities, assist in taking their professional careers to the next level, and lastly, provide volunteer opportunities to help the community,” said Sara.

The Chapter President awarded NAPW Pins to new Chapter members Rhonika Thomas and Regina Lee. She also offered a NAPW Notepad as a welcome gift. Everyone received a raffle ticket for a chance to win exciting door prizes. Tina Marin won a complimentary paint session at Crazy Picasso’s and Rhonika Jones was the lucky winner of a pedicure and manicure from Salon Palomo.

The Chapter President also invited all members to join the Corpus Christi Local Chapter Page by visiting to communicate with one another, see photos, hear local news, and provide comments. Sara closed the meeting by reminding attendees of the upcoming event in November.

“Our next meeting will be November 15th at 6:30pm at Crazy Picasso’s,” said Sara. “This will be our ‘Getting it Done’ meeting, where members will each bring one thing they want to accomplish and the guest speaker, Dr. Steven Covey, will walk them through strategies and activities to make that happen!”

The following members were in attendance at the October Chapter meeting:

Sara Needham Russell, Chapter President and Owner of Saradipity, LLC. Sara works as an Empowerment Trainer and Coach with over 15 years of corporate training.

Tina Marin, Chapter Vice President and Manager of Human Resources and Finance for Hurricane Alley Water Park. Tina obtained her Master degree in Organizational Development and Sociology from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Regina Lee, Superintendent of Administration at Water Utilities for the city of Corpus Christi. Regina obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.

Donna Tieman, Chapter Marketing and Public Relations Representative and Owner, Artist, and Event Coordinator at Crazy Picasso’s, LLC. Donna obtained her Master degree in Education from the University of Houston.

Rhonika Jones, Professional Counselor and Victim Advocate for the Women’s Shelter of South Texas. Rhonika obtained her Master degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University.

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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