NAPW Sacremento Local Chapter Hosted Dana Masih, Executive Coach and Founder of Executopia, who Empowered Members with her Words of Wisdom

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National Association of Professional Women Sacramento Local Chapter members took notes as Leadership and Executive Coach Dana Masih of Executopia dispensed expert advice on the importance of reinventing one’s self and urged members to never stop learning.

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Dana reminded all of us how important it is to recognize your past achievements and celebrate them...

Members and guests of the NAPW Sacramento Local Chapter attended one of two monthly professional networking meetings on either May 14th or May 28th.The Chapter holds both a lunch and dinner meeting each month to accommodate all of its members but no matter which event they attended in May, members and guests had the opportunity to hear guest speaker Dana Masih, Executive Coach and Founder of Executopia.

A highly skilled and experienced Leadership and Executive Coach, Ms.Masih shared with meeting attendees, many of who were small-business owners and entrepreneurs, what it means to reinvent one’s self as you move through various stages of personal and professional life. She told members and guests that it is vitally important to know “who you are, what you are about, and what your core values are.”

Her advice about the importance of knowing one’s self really hit home with the members and guests, and her words went far in empowering each and every attendee to take greater control of their lives and their careers.

“Dana reminded all of us how important it is to recognize your past achievements and celebrate them, and to always recognize your gifts from all areas of your life,” said Sharon Darrow, NAPW Sacramento Local Chapter President. “This should include all achievements, not just those in the work arena.”

At the meetings, Ms. Masih also spoke about the importance of being a continuous learner, and pointed out that all great leaders never stop learning. She shared her passion for helping others learn about themselves and how to develop their gifts as they move forward in life.

Ms. Darrow also shared with members and guests information from her monthly conference calls with NAPW Local Chapter Presidents, which in May featured speaker Megan Wessels, President of the Chicago Chapter. Ms. Darrow pointed out a number of interesting ideas and projects from the Chicago Chapter that the Sacramento Chapter may be interested in pursuing such as having a business owner’s panel rather than a single speaker at a future meeting, as well as holding local seminars for their members on subjects such as Social Media or navigating the highly resourceful NAPW website.

Finally, as in every meeting, individual members were introduced and invited to share their career insights, interests, ambitions, and goals with other members. As they spoke to the audience about themselves and what they did, those who gave their permission were filmed for uploading to the Chapter’s Facebook and YouTube channel.

Lora Benson Pezzell, Founder of Women's Career Support, a resume writing and career coaching business. Her home-based business is flourishing and she is eager to learn more about marketing herself. Her website is

Beverly Sanchez, Tax and Management Partner of Goodell, Porter, Sanchez and Bright LLP, a full-service CPA firm. A busy tax season kept her away from the last few meetings. Although still keeping busy, she is glad to be able to attend meetings once again.

June Azevedo, Owner of Azevedo Print & Design.From business cards to brochures, June is the person to turn to for all your business needs.

Rachael Dardano, owner of Internal Wisdom, does colon hydrotherapy, and Reiki, to help take care of your most precious resource, which is your health.

Toni Tirapelli, Founder and CEO of Stars Sports and Educational Programs. She has been in health and fitness for over 30 years, starting as a personal trainer. Toni brought her program to schools and communities because of the problem of obesity, and combines exercise and academics for the kids. The programs have been approved through the Elk Grove District and will start being implemented in 12 schools.

Sara Lopez is the owner of SGL Enterprises. A Health and Wellness Consultant who agrees with Toni that health is the most important thing in life, Sara's mission is to empower individuals to be the best they can be. Her website is

"Queen" Smith has a home-based business called, and her objective is to help people shop smarter and get the best deals they possibly can. Her website is currently under construction and will keep members posted about her company’s progress.

Celestine Santos is the Sales Manager for the Residence Inn by Marriott.They are a select service hotel chain, and she has worked at the Natomas site for over 20 years. As Sales Manager, Celestine's job is to "put heads in beds."

Leigh Stepp is an Attorney in Sacramento with Anwyl, Scoffield and Stepp. She practices construction defect litigation, property, personal injury, and general business law.

Rebecca Ward is an Interior Designer and Owner of Rebecca Ward Design. She offers a full range of interior design services, whether you just need a couple of hours of consultation for your paint colors, furniture layout, or a complete house remodel.

Marcia Remington is an Administrative Assistant looking for a position. She just finished working for H & R Block during the tax season performing customer service work, but is now looking for a full-time position as an Administrative Assistant.

Teresa Shah, President of the new Roseville Chapter, invites everyone to come join their group at one of the meetings. She is a Medical Social Worker with a private practice for people in the Roseville area with special needs.

Sharon Darrow, Owner of Travel ID Cards. Her company produces all types of photo identification plastic cards, including KidsTravelCard for children, which are designed to contain basic information about the child, as well as extra information to see that they are properly cared for in the event of separation and promptly returned to their family.

Margaret Allison is a Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. She is very proud to work with Mary Kay because of the values that it was built on. The company was started in 1963 to enrich women's lives, and is based on the Golden Rule. The second rule of Mary Kay is God first, family second, and career third, and Margaret believes that a great deal of its success is based on this guiding principle.

Terry Burke Maxwell, Owner of a publishing company, which was started to get the math books she wrote published . Their new imprint, Earth Patch Press, has published "Eye From the Edge" by Ruben Llamas. The book is a memoir covering Ruben's story, which took place primarily in West Oakland

Sue Clark has been working with several authors on their memoirs, and is also working with several other authors including a cook and, a stand-up comedienne. Sue enjoys working with clients who feel they have a book to write but need help in putting it together.

The Sacramento Chapter’s next meetings will be held June 11th and June 25th.

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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