Networking It-- Professional Women from Around the Country Gathered to Network, Share Ideas and Support One Another at NAPW Local Chapter Events in October

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From Akron to Tucson, National Association of Professional Women Local Chapters hosted guest speakers, held fundraisers and celebrated successes of members and guests in October.

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Wow, it just feels like family in here...I knew after attending the last two NAPW National Networking Conferences that I was connected to something amazing!

Thousands of members and guests from NAPW Local Chapters across the country came together in October for professional networking meetings.

From official launch events to casual meet-and-greets to local fundraisers, groups of professional women were busy welcoming guest speakers, giving back to their communities and supporting each other’s professional and personal successes.

“We were thrilled to have Star Jones, NAPW National Spokesperson and Chief Development Officer and Louise Newsome, NAPW National Director of Chapters and NYC Chapter President on hand to help kick off our official launch celebration on October 10th,” said Naperville, IL Local Chapter President Michelle Mikka-Van Der Stuyf.

A group of nearly 50 professional women were present to welcome the special guests who shared the latest NAPW initiatives, including its commitment to Local Chapters and its support of four charitable organizations: the American Heart Association, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Dress for Success and Girls Inc.

NAPW Local Chapters always find ways to give back to their communities and beyond.

In October, the Forest Hills Chapter hosted a very successful fashion show fundraiser raising $7,000 for S.H.A.D. Inc., a U.S. based nonprofit organization catering to the health needs of HIV/AIDS-affected poor (NW) Haitian women and girls ages 14-45.

“It was an incredibly exciting and riveting evening filled with music, high fashion, beauty, delicious food, excellent wine and exciting raffle prizes,” said Forest Hills Chapter President Anjali Chugh.

“We have partnered with S.H.A.D to help build a clinic in NW Haiti in order to address the health needs of these women.”

Other Chapters such as Akron, OH; Bakersfield, CA; Cincinnati, OH; Hendersonville, TN; Loudoun County, VA; Ocala, FL and San Marcos, CA discussed plans for upcoming fundraisers at their monthly meetings.

The selfless efforts of these Chapters include assembling and distributing holiday food baskets for local families in need, mentoring young girls at risk, organizing teams for charity walks and much more.

At many monthly Chapter meetings, Member Spotlights offer professional women the opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about their businesses and careers.

At the Kansas City Metro Chapter’s October meeting, member Shannon Pollard shared details of her new business, DesignKidsHabitat, and sought help from members and guests for ways to spread the word about her fledgling, eco-friendly company.

“To help market her product, we held a roundtable discussion and came up with several ideas for her,” says the Chapter President, Susan Freeman.

“It’s just one example of how NAPW Kansas City Metro Chapter members continually support one another!”

Other Chapters welcomed new members and featured guest speakers at their networking events.

NAPW Hendersonville, TN Chapter hosted the President from the NAPW Nashville, TN Chapter and the Tucson, AZ Local Chapter heard from member Lillian Sherman, who delivered an interactive presentation on communication.

When Stafford, VA Local Chapter President Natalie Fikes opened the monthly meeting, she enthusiastically greeted members and guests and ensured them all of the integral part they play in the Chapter’s success. Her words sum up what so many professional women feel about their connection to NAPW and its Local Chapters.

“Wow, it just feels like family in here,” she said. “I knew after attending the last two NAPW National Networking Conferences that I was connected to something amazing!”

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.

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