NAPW Stafford Chapter Secretary Featured in Ebony Magazine; Chapter Announced Creation of its Facebook Page and Discussed Charitable Endeavors

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National Association of Professional Women Stafford Local Chapter held two August networking meetings where they congratulated Chapter Secretary Sabrina Priest for being featured in May issue of Ebony magazine, announced creation of its Facebook page, hosted guest speakers, and discussed charitable endeavors and future plans for the Chapter.

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From the programs and initiatives Tamika spoke to us about, the Stafford Chapter was able to brainstorm several ways that we could become involved.

Members and guests of the NAPW Stafford Local Chapter gathered twice in August for professional networking meetings. At the meeting on August 11th, members and guests were joined by guest speaker Valarie Bolling who discussed ways Chapter members may get involved with local charities. At the August 15th meeting, which was conducted via a conference call, Stafford Chapter Secretary Sabrina Priest was congratulated on being featured in the Mother’s Day issue of Ebony magazine. The Chapter announced the creation of its Facebook page and heard from guest speaker Tamika Sawyer.

Stafford Chapter Secretary Sabrina Priest was featured in the Mother’s Day issue of Ebony magazine in an article about mothers doing extraordinary things with their families. Sabrina is the owner of, a designer diaper bag e-commerce business. Members and guests joined Chapter President Sherlyn Powell in congratulating Sabrina at the August 15 Chapter meeting.

“We want to congratulate our Stafford Local Chapter Secretary Sabrina Priest. Sabrina and her family were highlighted for their alternative way of educating their children, through homeschooling,” said Sherlyn.

The Chapter President also is a woman to be recognized for her recent accomplishments. She is the author of three published books including two romance novels and her latest work, a memoir titled A Gift Called Mother. Sherlyn will be holding a book signing with other local authors on Saturday, August 25 at the John Musante Porter Library in Stafford from 11am to 1pm. Sherlyn also has her own publishing company, Books My Way Publishing, LLC, which provides support to aspiring authors seeking to publish their writings. For more information about her writings, visit For aspiring authors who need assistance with their writing, visit

At the August 15th meeting, Sherlyn announced the creation of the Chapter’s Facebook page. At the earlier August meeting, a discussion took place about how important it is for the Chapter to develop a strong presence on social media, which all believe would go far in attracting other professional women in the area to the NAPW Stafford Local Chapter. Sherlyn urged members to check out to stay up to date on the latest Chapter happenings.

The Chapter hosted guest speakers at each of the two August networking meetings. During the August 11th meeting, potential new member Valarie Bolling was on hand to discuss her business, distributing Boresha, thermogenic, fat-burning coffees since 2011. She mentioned the benefits of these coffees: patented hunger control, balanced energy, buffered caffeine, and combat for stress-related eating. For more information, visit Valarie’s website at or contact her at vbolling(at)gmail(dot)com.

Earlier in August, the Chapter hosted guest speaker Tamika Sawyer, Senior Social Worker with Stafford County Social Services and Child Protective Services, a position she has successfully held for ten years. Tamika was there to talk about ways the Chapter can become more involved in various local charitable programs and initiatives and how members can volunteer their time.

“From the programs and initiatives Tamika spoke to us about, the Stafford Chapter was able to brainstorm several ways that we could become involved,” said Sherlyn. “The Chapter has decided that it will volunteer with a different initiative every quarter. Members in attendance also provided their input on initiatives that they would like to participate in, as well.”

The NAPW Stafford Local Chapter will be holding its next member meeting on Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at 4pm at Panera Bread at Stafford Marketplace, 1005 Stafford Marketplace, Stafford, VA 22556.

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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