NAPW Philadelphia Local Chapter Forged Relationship with NAPW Delaware County Local Chapter in Effort to Make Meeting Attendance Convenient for All Members

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National Association of Professional Women Philadelphia Local Chapter President Naketa R. Thigpen welcomed Delaware County Local Chapter President DeAnne Lonnquist. The two Presidents announced they will collaborate at meetings for the convenience of members who live or work in or around the Delaware County area.

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Support works!" said Naketa. "The mission of the Chapter recognizes the importance of building relationships and not just business lead generation.

Members and guests of the NAPW Philadelphia Local Chapter gathered on July 11 for a professional networking meeting at the Wanamaker building in Philadelphia.

Chapter President Naketa R. Thigpen announced that she and Delaware County Chapter President DeAnne Lonnquist, who was a guest at the monthly meeting, will collaborate to make attendance at meetings more convenient for all Philadelphia Chapter members.

With nearly 240 members, the Philadelphia Chapter is one of the largest of the nearly 400 NAPW Local Chapters around the country. Monthly networking meetings are held in Center City to accommodate the majority of its members, but the location is not always convenient for those members who live or work in or around the Delaware County area. To that end, an announcement was made by Philadelphia Chapter President Naketa R. Thigpen as she introduced the newly elected Delaware County Chapter President DeAnne Lonnquist.

“We will be collaborating to co-host meetings for Philadelphia members who live or work in or around the Delaware County area and find it beneficial to attend meetings in that area,” said Naketa.

It was explained that the Delaware County Chapter meetings will be led by DeAnne and Naketa will be present to update the group on the Philadelphia Chapter meetings and will request feedback wherever applicable. DeAnne will hold a ‘Meet & Greet’ on August 23, from 6 to 7:30pm at the Middletown Library located at 21 N. Pennell Road in Lima. An official Presidential launch will be held September 20, and monthly meetings will be held on the third Thursday of every month. The addition of the Delaware County Chapter and the willingness of the two Presidents to work together will go far in ensuring all members are able to attend the monthly networking meetings.

Monique Eversley, one of the three Philadelphia Local Chapter Ambassadors, took to the floor for a few minutes at the meeting to report on her experience attending the 2012 NAPW National Conference in New York City in May.

“Monique told members and guests that there was plenty of support and empowerment, great speakers, and exemplary opportunity for networking,” said Naketa.

Naketa reported that there were a number of vacant Chapter Board Member seats and noted there is a call for elections of board member seats at the upcoming August 1 meeting.

The following positions are vacant: Vice President, primarily responsible for being a supportive leader and assist with planning; Secretary, primarily responsible for recording minutes and submitting to President for review before posting; Treasurer, primarily responsible for collecting funds raised for speakers and charity to be maintained in NAPW agreed location; Historian, primarily responsible for recording events, speakers, and exciting happenings of the Philadelphia Chapter; VP of Events, primarily responsible for coordinating locations for meetings and co-joint and single-run events; SMG Committee Coordinator (Social Media Guru), primarily responsible for updating and maintain social media platforms for the chapter; Events
Committee Member, assistant to the VP of Events to aid with planning and coordination of all of the excitement that will pour out of the chapter; SMG Committee Member, assistant to the SMG Coordinator who will provide backup technical assistance and provide ample feedback and suggestions to guide the growth of our chapter’s online presence.

Naketa told members that votes and elections will allow the chapter to move forward with planning guest speakers, workshops, and events and said that DeAnne is prepared to offer the group a workshop on Couponing.

“Support works!" said Naketa. "The mission of the Chapter recognizes the importance of building relationships and not just business lead generation. We want to feel tuned into the progress and needs of one another on a professional and personal level in order to help one another and leverage the limitless possibilities of an integrated support network.”

Individual introductions of all of the women in attendance were conducted and networking was encouraged.

The President announced the location for the July meeting. NAPW Philadelphia Local Chapter member Debbie Yogel, graciously offered her location at the Wanamaker building for the Center City based meetings from now until the end of 2012. Naketa extended thanks on behalf of the Chapter to Deb, who is the Director of the IT Quality Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Naketa also extended a warm thank you to all who attempted to attend the meeting but circumstances and conflicting schedules prevented them from partake in this exciting communal experience.

“We hope to see all who can attend at the next meeting!” said Naketa.

The following members were in attendance at the NAPW Philadelphia Local Chapter meeting:
Dianna Montague, CEO and owner of Iron Lady Enterprises, Inc., a commercial construction company. Contact her at Dianna(dot)Montague(at)IronLadyEnterprises(dot)com.

Rocquel Neale, Independent Contractor/Community Habilitation Specialist at Diversified Supportive Services, LLC, which specializes in working with intellectually challenged adults, teaching life skills to help them to live independently. Contact her at Rocquelneale(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Barbara Ann Fields, Director of Religious Education at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Church, provides parent education. Contact her at barbaraannfields(at)verizon(dot)net.

Katrina Brittingham, Senior Claims Analyst for the School District of Philadelphia. Contact her at kbrittingham(at)philasd(dot)org.

DeAnneLonnquist, newly elected Delaware County Chapter President of NAPW and Recovery Counselor at CATCH, Inc. DeAnne’s background as an Art Therapist and Mural Specialist have served her well. Contact her at detig2(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Riki Redente Strosser, Attorney at Brook Rosenberg Brown and Sander. Rikki specializes in litigation, trial advocacy, and education. Contact her at rredente(at)brbs(dot)com.

Deb Yogel, Director of IT Quality Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Deb specializes in expertise include process improvement, and Operations Service Management. Contact her at yogel(at)email(dot)chop(dot)edu.

Annie Jones, CEO of the BPBA Launching Pad. Annie provides Business Consultation services is an expert in Project Management. Contact her at ajones(at)thelaunchingpad(dot)com.

Amber Minotti, Financial Advisor at ING Financial Partners. She has a background in marketing and may be contacted at amber(dot)minotti(at)temple(dot)edu.

Nancy Faber, Nuclear Medicine Technologist with vast experience in radiology. If you are interested in connecting with Nancy to find out more about how her unique skills could benefit your company, contact her at nfaber1234(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Monique Eversley, Owner of YHD Enterprises event planning and gift basket designs. Monique specializes in business management. Contact her at Monique(at)yhdevents(dot)com.

Freda K. Magee, Independent Business Owner of Ignite Energy. Freda specializes in consulting, training and business administration. Contact her at fkmagee(at)aol(dot)com.

Lawana Scales, CEP and Owner of Scales Signature Productions and Entertainment. Lawana has an in-depth background in the entertainment industry from the producer side and the musician side as a recognized songstress, event organizer, and television producer. Contact her at scalessignatureproductions(at)comcast(dot)net.

Naketa R. Thigpen is the Philadelphia Chapter President of NAPW and President and co-owner of Thigpen’s Professionals, LLC- providing Personal and Professional Development services through in-service training, empowerment seminars, and coaching services. Visit her website at

Guests present were Kisha Hawthorne, Director IT Business and Training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She may be reached at hawthornek(at)email(dot)chop(dot)edu and Venus David, Founder and CEO of So Love Autistic Center, which is scheduled to open this fall for children three years old through mainstream school age. Mrs. David can be reached at vdavid(at)solovecenter(dot)org

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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