Professional Women of Centennial, CO Heard Two Dynamic Presentations at NAPW Centennial Chapter Meeting in December

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National Association of Professional Women Centennial, CO Chapter learned about Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado’s mission and heard tips for dealing with dominating personalities in the workplace this December.

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Members and guests of the NAPW Centennial, CO Local Chapter gathered on December 5th for a professional networking meeting. During the early morning event, attendees heard from guest speaker Leslie Pera, Development Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado (BHGH), who spoke to the group about the important work of the local nonprofit, a residential program for children. Also presenting was Centennial, CO Chapter member Cindy Deckerd, who shared her expertise in dealing with dominating personalities in the workplace.
According to Centennial Local Chapter President Kelly Thomas, both speakers captivated members and guests with their dynamic presentations.

“The presentations by our guest speaker and Chapter member created stimulating, thoughtful, and engaging discussions among the attendees,” she said. “Additional future presentation topics and community involvement interests were ‘born’ out of these discussions!”

The President opened the December meeting by welcoming the group of professional women and sharing the Centennial Local Chapter’s meeting format that includes a guest speaker at every monthly meeting. The guest speaker will present a topic of interest to the group as well as a Chapter member who is profiled each month. Kelly also spoke briefly about the Centennial Chapter’s vision and mission, and as always, encouraged input from all attendees. Kelly then introduced the month’s guest speaker, Leslie Pera, Development Director at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado (BHGH).

BHGH of Colorado is a nonprofit organization serving youth in the community for 20 years. The organization is a residential program for children-in-need ages 10 years through college who are academically capable and motivated to meet their full potential and become men and women for others. The scholarship program provides support for residents’ physical, emotional, and interpersonal growth, emphasizing the development of values and character. One hundred percent of the high school graduates from the program go on to college or military service. In 2011, the scholars gave back over 300 hours of community service and the house GPA in Spring 2012 was 3.4.

Leslie told attendees that BHGH is currently looking for individuals to volunteer in several capacities and is seeking new board members. Several fundraising events are scheduled for 2013. Interested members and guests were invited to visit to sign up for volunteer opportunities, or contact BHGH by visiting to learn more about the organization, events, and board membership.

“Leslie generously offered to host a future NAPW Centennial Chapter meeting at BHGH that will include a tour of the house,” said Kelly.

Next on the meeting’s agenda was the monthly Chapter Member Profile and the Chapter President introduced December’s guest member speaker, Cindy Deckerd.

“Cindy has more than 23 years of experience working in a commercial bank,” she told the crowd.
“Her expertise ranges from IT project management to Operations Manager to treasury management sales.”

“First, know your strengths and operate in your strengths to create passion, motivation, and drive; second, maintain an ‘Atta Girl’ file with your accomplishments throughout the year – keep it close at hand; third, stick to the facts and keep emotions out of conversations with dominating personalities – be results-focused; and four, always have a Plan B – volunteering and networking are great examples of developing a Plan B,” Cindy told the audience.

“When Cindy took the floor, she shared the professional insight she has gained working with colleagues who have dominating personalities,” said Kelly. “Cindy offered us some really great practical tips for effectively working with such individuals.”

Both of the speakers captivated members and guests and solicited a number of lively and productive discussions from the group of professional women. The Centennial Chapter President then wrapped up the December meeting. She said the Chapter will explore the suggestion of creating an Advisory Group within the Chapter that can assist other members who have specific challenges such as career development, job seeking, career transition, etc. She also outlined the tentative agendas for upcoming Chapter meetings:

January 23rd: Tasha will provide BHGH event information/opportunities; guest speaker is Richard Balcerzak presenting on Leadership Development; member profile is Charmaine Balcerzak.
February 20th: Location – BHGH To Be Determined; guest speaker is Cody Horton presenting Persuasion of Success; member profile is tentatively Eunice Shankland.
March: Seeking a guest speaker and member profile.

Attendees at the December Centennial Local Chapter meeting were: Kelly Thomas, Tasha Beckman, Charmaine Balcerzak, Cindy Deckerd, Sharon Barone, Bambi Preble, Elli Stein, Eunice Shankland, Gwen Zeh, Pam, Beth Caldwell, and Amanda Dinkel.

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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