NAPW Bakersfield, CA Local Chapter Learned About Retirement Planning 101 with Guest Speakers Casey Hibbard and Andy Barkate

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National Association of Professional Women Bakersfield, CA Chapter hosted retirement experts Casey Hibbard and Andy Barkate who helped members and guests plan for their future at March meeting.

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They explained that creating a retirement plan is especially important for women because women have more at stake than men financially, and...

Members and guests of the NAPW Bakersfield, CA Local Chapter gathered on March 13th for a professional networking meeting at The Padre.

The group of professional women learned the importance of creating a retirement plan from Casey Hibbard and Andy Barkate of California Retirement Plans.

Members and guests were also interviewed by a local news channel for a feature story on the NAPW Bakersfield Local Chapter.

Janelle Capra, Bakersfield Chapter President, opened the meeting by welcoming all attendees.

After self-introductions by the group of professional women, one of the guests read the NAPW Mission to remind everyone of the importance of their business and social relationships and fostering professional and personal success.

“NAPW is growing throughout the nation and so is our Chapter,” said Janelle.

“Kristin Price of KGET Channel 17 was present before and during the meeting to interview members and do a feature story on the Bakersfield Local Chapter. We are excited to highlight our Chapter to the community!”

At the March networking meeting, the Chapter President introduced the two guest speakers Casey Hibbard and Andy Barkate, Owner and President of California Retirement Plans.

Mr. Barkate spoke to the group about women and retirement planning, how to turn their 401K into a cash machine, and small business plans.

“They explained that creating a retirement plan is especially important for women because women have more at stake than men financially, and women directly purchase 83% of all products and services,” said the Chapter President.

“All agreed it was a very enlightening presentation.”

The Chapter’s calendar of events was next reviewed. Janelle told the group of professional women that the Bakersfield Chapter will continue to meet on the second Wednesday of the month: odd months at The Padre, and even months at a charity.

A flyer was distributed announcing a facility and program tour at Valley Achievement Center on April 10th in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

Janelle then discussed the NAPW National Networking Conference in New York on April 26th. She told the crowd she was excited about attending this year’s event and was looking forward to the conference.

Janelle also announced the Chapter’s involvement of the Walk for Kids at CALM that will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. She invited anyone interested in joining a team to contact her.

Wendy Armijo, Bakersfield Vice President, reported on upcoming mixers.

The Chapter would like to schedule an evening of fun once every quarter where members and guests can get together to network and socialize.

The next mixer is a Cinco de Mayo event on May 2nd at a location to be determined.

A luau mixer is planned for August 8th (the Chapter is looking for a location with a pool; a Christmas mixer is also planned.

Christina Blanton, Chapter Treasurer, reported on the Share Your Love Vendor Fair, which the Bakersfield Chapter held on February 13th. Proceeds from it benefited the American Heart Association.

The fair was very successful and as a result, the Bakersfield Chapter is planning a similar event this summer.

“Due to its success, a Christmas in July Vendor Fair is being planned at Maya Cinemas on Saturday, July 13th,” said the Chapter President.

“Proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

Hosting the event on a Saturday should bring in even more people. Christina will finalize the arrangements.”

The meeting adjourned with the board voting to approve opening a bank account for the Bakersfield Chapter (Motion: Capra, Second: Blanton).

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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