Professional Women of Joplin, MO Got Together to Support and Inspire One Another at NAPW Chapter Events in July & August

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National Association of Professional Women Joplin, MO Chapter held networking events in July & August where attendees shared the spotlight, supported and inspired each other and set future goals.

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We were all inspired by each other’s support and words of encouragement!

Members and guests of the NAPW Joplin, MO Local Chapter gathered on July 10th and August 7th for professional networking meetings.

At both events, the group of professional women networked, supported each other’s goals and professional accomplishments and made plans for exciting, upcoming Chapter meetings and events.

In July, Joplin Chapter President Shanna Heckmaster welcomed members and guests to the meeting, distributing branded pins and notepads to new members.

The President invited each woman to take a few minutes to introduce herself and let everyone know what was going on in her professional life.

"Members exchanged their business cards and gave each other referrals along with sharing the referrals they have received so far by networking with each other," said President Heckmaster.

The Joplin Chapter met for dinner at Caldone's in on August 7th at 6:00pm.

After a round of introductions and a lively networking session, the group of professional women participated in an exercise where they focused on the hardships and road blocks that come with being a businesswoman or just being a mother.

"Each one of us took a piece of paper and wrote a problem, business or personal, and then passed it on. Every woman then wrote an inspirational quote or opinion about how they would possibly handle that issue," said Joplin Chapter President Heckmaster. "We were all inspired by each other’s support and words of encouragement!"

At both meetings, the Chapter President spoke to members and guests about the many benefits of NAPW membership, and how to navigate the website and communicate with other members.

Attendees went on to discuss topics and possible guest speakers for future meetings. Everyone was encouraged to visit the Joplin Chapter Page to communicate with one another, see photos, hear local news and provide comments.

Members attending the July meeting were Shanna Heckmaster, Lori Buresh, Shelly Dreyer, Barbara King, Kelley Musick and Barbie Bilton. Guests included Ali Odell and Jill Tatum.

Members attending the August meeting were Shanna Heckmaster, Lori Buresh, Shelly Dreyer, Kelley Musick, and Vicki Daniels. Guests at the meeting were Sheila Gunlock, Kerrie England, Bonnie Leiby, Kelly Atkinson, MaryJo Little and Shannon Lonmmon.

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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