NAPW Cleveland, OH Local Chapter Hosted Former Olympic Gold Medal Winner Cheryl Cook at August Networking Event

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National Association of Professional Women Cleveland, OH Chapter pledged to help the former star athlete in her work with troubled youth in the community in August.

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It was an honor to host former Olympian Cheryl Cook who spoke to us about her past and her work today as a juvenile treatment administrator.

Members and guests of the NAPW Cleveland, OH Local Chapter gathered on August 15th for a professional networking meeting at Champps Restaurant in Valley View.

Former Olympic Gold Medal winner, Cheryl Cook, was the guest speaker at the meeting. She talked to the group of professional women about her work as a juvenile treatment administrator and they offered to do what they could to assist her in her mission to help troubled youth.

At the start of the meeting, Chapter President Michelle L. Jackson asked members and guests to introduce themselves and speak about their careers and professions. She then invited the guest speaker to take the floor.

“It was an honor to host former Olympian Cheryl Cook who spoke to us about her past and her work today as a juvenile treatment administrator,” said President Jackson.

Ms. Cook talked candidly to members and guests about her past careers as a basketball player, manager, and buyer for Nordstrom’s department stores, and how they all helped to foster her communication skills. Ms. Cook noted that her education was a great assistance when it came to moving forward in her career.

Cheryl Cook is a graduate of Cincinnati State University. She majored in communications and minored in education, attending college on academic and athletic scholarships. Ms. Cook’s current career as a juvenile treatment administrator has her attending to the needs of 158 clients, ages 12 to21.

Ms. Cook’s former career as a basketball player for 15 years provided her with various opportunities to travel abroad. As a part of her basketball career as an Olympic gold medal winner (1984), it was necessary to operate in a workforce with diverse groups.

Diversity in the workforce is an avenue for organizations to grow, Ms. Cook told the group. She believes that all levels within her current organization assist in the care of treating the incarcerated youths. Each member brings personal (expertise) that aids the organization in providing the “best” curative methods for each client. Receiving her master’s degree enabled Ms. Cook to become the facilitator of the prison.

The group of professional women asked the guest speaker a number of questions about her work with troubled youth and offered to help her and her organization.

“Ms. Cook told us that members could volunteer to present their businesses to her clients, which will keep them informed about positive activities in the community and/or spark their interest in a specific area of business,” said President Jackson.

At the conclusion of Ms. Cook’s presentation, the Chapter President announced that the next Chapter meeting will focus on the on-going series, “Building Your Business.”

Guest speaker Debbie Dickinson will express her personal and professional challenges, goals and successes in business.

It will be held on Thursday, September 19th at Champps Restaurant, 5989 Canal Street, Valley View, Ohio.

She reminded those members who were interested in taking advantage of happy hour pricing about the 6:00pm arrival times.

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