Professional Women of Lee’s Summit, MO Networked & Set Goals at NAPW Lee’s Summit Local Chapter Launch Event in July

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National Association of Professional Women Lee’s Summit, MO Local Chapter networked, made plans and set goals at official launch event in July.

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Networking, socializing, making new and lifelong friendships, as well as supporting each other and the goals and dreams we are working so hard to meet...That is my goal for our group.

Members and guests of the NAPW Lee’s Summit, MO Local Chapter gathered on July 20th for a professional networking meeting.

It was the Chapter’s official launch event.

The group of professional women enjoyed an afternoon of networking, making plans and setting goals for the new Chapter.

Lee’s Summit Chapter President ReGina Edmondson delivered a timely presentation, sharing her unique business networking idea with members and guests.

“Networking, socializing, making new and lifelong friendships, as well as supporting each other and the goals and dreams we are working so hard to meet,” said Chapter President ReGina Edmondson. “That is my goal for our group.”

The new Chapter President kicked off the Chapter’s official launch event with a warm welcome to the members and guests.

After a discussion about the Chapter’s goals, future guest speakers and meeting topics, the President presented her talk about a unique business networking idea: Telling One's Story.

“Handing out brochures, flyers and business cards has always been a true staple in the world of networking,” Chapter President Edmondson told attendees. “Although they are tried and true ways of getting one's message out and promoting their business, sometimes it isn’t enough.”

President Edmondson suggested that instead of doing what everyone else does at a professional event; think about what would make oneself stand out.

“What would set you apart from 20 businesses just like or similar to yours?” she asked the audience.

The answer, she said, is “telling one's story.”

Everyone has a story about how they got into the fields they are in. Perhaps they fell into in by accident or they're in healthcare because of a loved one or have experienced a life-altering event.

“Whatever it is, your story is unique and will make you stand out,” said the Chapter President.

Ms. Edmondson suggested members and guests take some time to sit down, write their story and practice telling it to others. Once it is fine tuned, that story will make one more memorable.

The person one shares their story with, she said, will then share it with others.

“People honestly do not remember things. They remember stories. They will remember you and isn’t that what networking is all about?” said President Edmondson.

After her presentation, President Edmondson reminded members to update their online profiles with relevant details, contact information and current photo and website addresses.

She also encouraged members to check the Bulletin Board and Lee’s Summit Chapter Page for important information. She is working on creating Chapter’s Social Media Pages and in the fall, she said, a Chapter Board will be established.

The next Lee’s Summit Local Chapter meeting will be on August 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Belton Hyvee Dining Room.

Members and guests at the July meeting included ReGina Edmondson, Dr. Halima Farah, Julie Gregory, Kandi Sanders and Teresa Martin.

The National Association of Professional Women (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.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Lee’s Summit, MO Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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