NAPW Indianapolis Local Chapter, Nearly 100 Members Strong, Recently Hosted a Wine Tasting with Wine Consultant Michael Klesmith

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National Association of Professional Women Indianapolis Local Chapter, nearly 100 members strong, sampled wines and learned about food pairings and travel adventures from Guest Speaker and Wine Consultant Michael Klesmith. Chapter also renewed its commitment to Dress for Success.

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Members and guests of the NAPW Indianapolis Local Chapter met July 10 for a professional networking meeting at DIVSYS International Offices at 8110 Zionsville Road in Indianapolis. The Chapter, which has grown to include nearly 100 members, hosted International Wine Markets Wine Consultant Michael Kiesmith who treated members and guests to wine tastings and food pairings. Members and guests also discussed ways the Chapter will continue to support the Indianapolis Dress for Success.

The July meeting was a huge success with members and guests, said NAPW Indianapolis Local Chapter President Lynn A. Moore, who thanked members Carol Bentley and Tammie Fish for hosting and organizing the event.

“We had another enjoyable experience with our friend, Michael Klesmith, a wine consultant with International Wine Markets, who offered a taste of international wine and some interesting stories,” said Lynn.

In addition to the wine tasting, there was plenty of business discussed at the meeting of this extremely active Chapter.

Members and guests enthusiastically discussed their continued commitment to the local Dress for Success (DSF). DSF is a nonprofit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Plans were discussed to participate in the organization’s upcoming fundraiser.

“As a continuing partner of Dress for Success Indy, our goal is to become a major presence at the Stepping Out in Style Show on September 14, 2012 at the JW Marriott. Last year, members of NAPW Indy sponsored three tables (30 seats) for NAPW members to attend,” said NAPW Indianapolis Local Chapter President Lynn Moore.

This year, she said, the Chapter is encouraging members to approach their companies and invite them to host a table at the event in addition to the NAPW Chapter tables and would like to obtain commitments by the end of July. More information can be found on the Indianapolis Chapter Page on the NAPW Website.

In October, the Chapter will host a Professional Women’s Group Dinner and Presentation at DSF. Lynn will work with Candice Brisson at DFS to develop a topic list and then share that with NAPW members who would like to volunteer to serve, speak, or assist at the meeting. A brief meeting with attending NAPW members will also be held that night.

Member Andrea Ciabanu shared information about another worthwhile cause the Chapter may be interested in supporting, one that is closely related to the mission of DSF. Andrea told members and guests about a way to help disadvantaged women with automotive repair needs. She knows the owners of a traveling car repair shop who are willing to donate some time to fix up cars for people in need.

All agreed this might be a good match for what the Chapter is trying to do in conjunction with assisting families and women in their transition to becoming professionals.

At the close of the meeting, members were encouraged to invite a friend to a future event.

“Who do you know that would benefit from the networking, learning, and community involvement we offer? Please feel free to bring them to our next meeting and introduce them to the group,” Lynn told the crowd of women.

Future meeting dates and topics are: August 2, ‘Selling Yourself Without Selling Out,’ guest speaker Dana Samardzich at Second Helpings; September 14, DFS Stepping Out in Style Event at the JW Marriott; October 2, Professional Women’s Group Dinner and Presentation at Dress for Success; November 1, Soup’s On Fundraiser, and December 5, ‘Reclaim Your Time and Reconnect with Yourself,’ guest speaker Dana Samardzich.

Members at the July 10 Indianapolis Chapter meeting were Michelle Link, Jennifer McNett, Isabel Hundt, Tammie Fish, Carol Bentley, Shannon Hitchcock, Bridget McDaniel, Andrea Ciobanu, Mikki Post, Nikole Harouna (Smith), Lynn Moore, and guests Mollyanne Lieizia and Tonya Kinchelow.

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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