NAPW Joplin, MO Chapter to Host Dress for Success Event on January 19th at Lafayette House, a Local Women’s Shelter

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National Association of Professional Women Joplin, MO Chapter discussed plans at recent networking meetings for January Dress for Success event.

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The NAPW Joplin Local Chapter will host a Dress for Success event on Thursday, January 19th at Lafayette House...This Chapter is a huge supporter of Dress for Success, which provides professional clothing and...

Members and guests of the NAPW Joplin, MO Local Chapter gathered in September and twice in October for professional networking meetings at Pacific Rim in Joplin. Plans were discussed for the upcoming Dress for Success Event the Chapter is hosting on Thursday, January 19th at Lafayette House, a safe haven in Joplin for women, children, and their families touched by abuse and addiction. Chapter President Shanna Heckmaster was on hand to kick off the monthly Chapter meetings that also featured guest speakers, and allowed plenty of time for members and guests to network.

“The NAPW Joplin Local Chapter will host a Dress for Success event on Thursday, January 19th at Lafayette House,” said Chapter President Shanna Heckmaster. “This Chapter is a huge supporter of Dress for Success, which provides professional clothing and career support for disadvantaged women. The organization is always one of the top topics discussed at our monthly meetings.”

The goals of the local Dress for Success include giving more opportunities to the mothers at Lafayette House as well as the confidence to go out and make something of themselves. The organization strives to develop a volunteer system, engage prospects, and cultivate donors through strong communication.

“The NAPW Joplin Local Chapter works with Dress for Success to help increase awareness of Lafayette House and the needs at the facility, and to encourage people to donate more!” said Shanna.

Louise Secker, Director of Community Development of Lafayette House, was at the September Chapter meeting to discuss the facility and the NAPW Joplin Chapter’s upcoming January event. In addition to offering the women clothing and accessories appropriate for job interviews, the evening will include an inspirational speaker, as well as booths and workshops where the women will find help with resumes, applications, speaking skills, and makeup application.

In October, the Chapter met twice, in the evening of October 17th and again at noon on October 25th for a follow-up recap luncheon. Joplin Chapter President Shanna presented at the October Chapter meetings. Her topic, “Be Bold in Your Own Way,” outlined different ways women can become bolder in their personal and professional lives.

“The attendees were encouraged to select two of the points I discussed in my presentation and share with the others how we either need to embrace or how we have embraced ‘Being Bold’,” said Shanna.

At the September Joplin Chapter meeting, member Lori Buresh discussed with the group of professional women how to use LinkedIn with NAPW, and talked about how it can help them professionally. She showed the group of professional women how to post topics and articles for comments and feedback.

During the monthly meetings, the Chapter President invited attendees to introduce themselves and talk about what they are doing currently with their career. She also briefly spoke about the meeting agendas and upcoming opportunities and events published on

“Members and guests had plenty of time to network, exchange business cards, and give each other referrals as well as share the referrals they received so far by networking with each other at NAPW Joplin Chapter events,” said Shanna.

At all of the recent Chapter meetings, Shanna awarded NAPW Pins to new members and offered a NAPW notepad as a welcome gift. She invited members to join the Joplin Chapter Page to communicate with one another, see photos, hear local news, and provide comment.

The Joplin Chapter monthly meetings are posted on the Joplin Local Chapter Page of Meetings are held at 6:00pm on Wednesday evenings once a month along with a follow-up recap lunch meeting on the following Thursday, once a month.

September meeting attendees:

Shanna Heckmaster, Lorie Buresh, Kim Ramsey, Shelly Dryer, and Kimberly Patrum; Louise Secker, Director of Community Development for the Lafayette House, a facility for battered women. She came to discuss Lafayette House and the Chapter’s upcoming Dress for Success event to be held in January. Kara Gallup, Mary Kay Director; and Lora Pina, Marketing Office Manager for Access Family Care in Joplin MO.

October meeting attendees:

Shanna Heckmaster, Kelley Musick, Kim Ramsey, Manisha, Patell, and Kimberly Patrum; Kara Gallup, Mary Kay Director ; Ali Odel, Sales Representative for a printing company; Sherry Ramsey, Owner of a cleaning business; Shiela Gunlock, Owner of Gunlock Heating and Air; Another guest of Sheila

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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