NAPW Greater Lansing, MI Local Chapter Celebrated Launch with Wine & Cheese Party and Learned How to Maintain Energy and Balance by Healing Arts Expert Deborah Graham

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National Association of Professional Women Greater Lansing, MI Local Chapter celebrated its launch with a Wine & Cheese Party. Members and guests heard tips about maintaining energy and balance from guest speaker Deborah Graham, a healing arts expert, and discussed future plans for the Chapter.

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As she demonstrated and verified the energy changes through kinesiology, the group was amazed to see the differences and expressed how much value they got out of Deborah’s presentation.

The successful launch of the NAPW Greater Lansing, MI Local Chapter was celebrated by members and guests with a Wine and Cheese Party during its first professional networking meeting on September 13th at the Creole Gallery in Old Town Lansing. Special guest speaker Deborah Graham, an expert in healing and metaphysics, shared tips from her latest CD ‘Relax into the Silence.’ Greater Lansing, MI Chapter President Terrie MacNicol led a discussion on the exciting future plans that are in store for the Chapter.

Members and guests arrived promptly at 6:30pm for networking during which they enjoyed cheese and crackers and shared bottles of their favorite wine or beverage at the Creole Gallery in Old Town Lansing.

“The venue was a perfect setting for a launch party with an art exhibit by local artists,” said Terrie. “As it turned out, several of the women attending have close ties with the area.”

The Chapter President kicked off the meeting formally at 7:00pm by gathering everyone in a circle and having each member and guest introduce themselves to the audience. Terrie discussed the benefits of being a part of NAPW, the largest and most recognized network of female professionals.

A call to form a Chapter Board was announced with positions open for Vice President, Secretary, Event Coordinator, and other positions as deemed necessary. Kimberly Elahab volunteered to be the Greater Lansing, MI Chapter Vice President and MaryAnne MacIntosh agreed to take on the role of the Chapter’s Event Coordinator.

Terrie then introduced the evening’s guest speaker Deborah Graham. Deborah has taught classes both nationally and internationally. She has extensively studied healing and metaphysics for over 20 years, specializing in holistic health and meditation. Deborah maintains a private practice in East Lansing, Michigan, offering classes and energy balancing sessions utilizing her empathic and intuitive skills.

“Deborah talked to members and guests about what a chaotic world we live in and how difficult it can be to maintain balance and one’s energy,” said Terrie.

The guest speaker shared with the audience some basic principles of balanced energy and what she has learned through her practice. Members and guests had the opportunity to try out some of these techniques when Deborah led a ‘breathing space’ meditation from her ‘Relax into the Silence’ CD, which is currently available. She showed the group several quick and easy ways for gaining more energy. (Visit the for more information on Deborah.)

“As she demonstrated and verified the energy changes through kinesiology, the group was amazed to see the differences and expressed how much value they got out of Deborah’s presentation,” said Terrie.

After Deborah’s fascinating talk, a number of important business items relating to the Chapter were discussed including meeting venues, times, and dates; presentation topics; guest speakers; and charitable involvement.

It was agreed that the Greater Lansing, MI Local Chapter would give back to the community by supporting local organizations and volunteering at events. One suggestion was having a booth at the upcoming Blues Festival and/or October Festival.

“Interest was expressed in getting t-shirts for members who wanted to volunteer at events to help gain recognition in the community as an organization that cares about the people and is invested in the local area,” said Terrie.

Also discussed was supporting the Pajama Program, where Chapter members would bring a book and a pair of pajamas for a child to a meeting or meetings; supporting Eve’s House, a local shelter; and partnering with the Old town Committee on Planning and Development.

Ideas for upcoming presentation topics at Chapter meetings included: body language cues, collaboration strategies, personal branding/selling self, financial planning, health and wellness-make eating well convenient, ceremony/rituals for life changes and shifts to celebrate. Possible guest speakers were also discussed. Several women offered to share their specialties with the group and/or knew of other women in the community who would be interested. Information was exchanged after the meeting and Terrie said she would follow up on all suggestions.

Member MaryAnne MacIntosh offered three possibilities for venues for future meetings including Comlink on Coolidge and in Holt, and MSU Federal Credit Union. Also mentioned was Lake Trust Bank. As far as times and days to meet, most agreed Tuesday and Thursday evenings worked best, although some added Saturday as an option. Calendars were brought out and it was decided the next Chapter networking meeting would be held October 18th.

Members present at the September Greater Lansing, MI Local Chapter meeting were Terrie MacNicol, President, Kimberly Elahab, MaryAnne MacIntosh, Nancy Lee, and Bernadette Johnson.

Guests present were Denise Dennis, Lisa Hathaway, Chris Conklin, Tania Matz, Heather Traxler, Sue Vollmuth, Julia Taylor-Young, and Aspen Bernath-Plaisted.

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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