Professional Women in Rancho Cucamonga, CA Shared Success Stories & Heard Effective Leadership Tips at NAPW Chapter events

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National Association of Professional Women Rancho Cucamonga, CA Chapter got excellent business tips from Mini Masterminds session & Professional Coach at recent networking meetings.

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Tiana did an awesome job engaging all the members and guests, drawing them out, and encouraging them to become leaders in whatever they do....

Members and guests of the NAPW Rancho Cucamonga, CA Local Chapter gathered on October 10th for a professional networking meeting at Cucamonga Brewing Company. The group of professional women shared their success stories and experiences and learned from one another during the meeting’s ‘Mini Masterminds’ session. In July, members and guests heard Professional Coach Tiana Sanchez speak about leadership in her presentation ‘Leadership Landscape-7 Pillars of Leadership.’

NAPW Ranco Cucamonga, CA Chapter President Kristine Dutra got the October meeting started by thanking everyone for attending the Chapter’s networking event. Members and guests signed in and their business cards were collected for a raffle. She reminded all that Chapter meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month. In the interest of continued growth in Chapter membership and meeting attendance, Kristine encouraged the group to reach out to other professional women and current members and invite them to participate in monthly meetings.
She then spoke about the meeting’s focus for the evening.

“We are going to hold a Mini Masterminds session, where members and guests will share their professional ups and downs, said Kristine. “This will be a wonderful way for us to network and learn from one another how to make our businesses as successful as possible,”

One by one, each professional woman introduced herself and talked about her experiences, including her achievements and any obstacles to success she may have had to overcome.

Kristine Dutra (Chapter President) is the Owner of 24K Packaging. Although she lost job last year, she decided to start her own custom packaging company, specializing in packaging cupcakes. Kristine’s work website is

Sophia Ibarra is the Director of Sales for the Western Region in Fontana, CA at

Patricia Mathis-Jolliff is a Professional Cook and Cupcake Specialist. She cooks and cleans for small dinner parties, for families of four, for a small fee. Patricia also makes cupcakes and enjoys being in business for herself. She’s working on expanding her business.

Candice A. Garcia-Rodrigo, Attorney at Law. She runs Rodrigo Law Firm with her husband. They specialize in wills, trusts, probate, LLCs and nonprofit corporations, civil litigation, real estate transactions, and more. She announced that their firm, along with Cutting Insurance & Financial Services, is holding a free seminar on estate planning and long-term care, on October 18th and 23rd at 6:00pm at Café Calato in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

H’Atina Gilliard (Chapter Secretary) is the Owner of UrMediaLink, a public relations/communications and promotions company. Additionally, she is a Singer/Songwriter and manages PR for her son Darien Justin, also a Singer/Songwriter; H’Atina is currently an Analyst at Southern California Edison.

The evening’s guest was La’Nae Norwood, a Digital Account Executive at Digital First Media. La’Nae announced that she was attending the October meeting to determine whether she wants to join NAPW and the Rancho Cucamonga, CA Chapter, and to also do some networking. She shared that regarding digital marketing, You Tube is number one right now. Most companies and individuals use You Tube for advertising and marketing.

During the evening, Kris gave a demonstration of her unique cupcake boxes. She gave each attendee a box and new member Patricia Mathis-Jolliff provided cupcakes to put in the custom cupcake boxes for each attendee to enjoy.

In addition to the informative tips about making their businesses a success that attendees picked up from the ‘Mini Masterminds’ session at the Rancho Cucamonga, CA Local Chapter meeting in October, members and guests at the networking event held in July received more helpful information from guest speaker and Rancho Cucamonga, CA Local Chapter member Tiana Sanchez.

In her presentation, The Leadership Landscape: 7 Pillars of Leadership, Tiana spoke on the topic of effective leadership. She began by speaking about how she came into her first leadership position in the world of retail at the early age of 17. She also talked about how environment can affect leadership and how leadership means being open to learning and being adaptable.

“Tiana did an awesome job engaging all the members and guests, drawing them out, and encouraging them to become leaders in whatever they do,” said Kristine. “Everyone was able to take away some great points regarding effective leadership.”
Attendees at the July Chapter meeting were:

Kristine Dutra (Chapter President) is the Owner of 24K Packaging. She lost her job last year and decided to start her own custom packaging company, specializing in packaging cupcakes. Her work website is

Arvee Robinson is an International Speaker. She announced her upcoming free one-day public speaking training event “Speak Up, Cash In” seminar.

Tiana Sanchez owns her own company as a Professional Coach and is the Author of Leaders and Pearls. Her work website is

Dr. Frances Gilley practices alternative healing at The Healing Shoppe in Upland, CA. Alternative healing includes hypnotherapy, dream exploration, numerology, and astrology.

H’Atina Gilliard has her own public relations/communications and promotions company, UrMediaLink, and is a Singer/Songwriter. She is preparing for an upcoming performance in August 2012 at India’s Flavor in Glendale, CA. (H’Atina volunteered to be the Chapter Note Taker and Secretary and will help with compiling the Chapter’s meeting minutes that are submitted to NAPW National Headquarters to be distributed as a press release.)

Ines Wright

Teresia Knight

Candice A. Garcia-Rodrigo

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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