NAPW New York City Chapter had Visit by NAPW Spokeswoman Star Jones and Got Expert Tips from Fashion Editor in June

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National Association of Professional Women New York City Chapter heard about plans for NAPW’s mentoring program from Star Jones & hosted Fashion Editor/Celebrity Stylist Inoisell (Ino) Miranda.

Ino and Amber told us that by working with what you have, color, clothing and how you pose, you can actually change your body type...They said our goal is to enhance our best features.

Members and guests of the NAPW New York City Local Chapter gathered on June 11th for a professional networking meeting at The Olivia, one of Stonehenge’s premier locations at 315 West 33rd Street, New York City.

Nearly 75 women attended the event that included a visit from NAPW Spokeswoman and Chief Development Officer Star Jones who shared exciting plans for an NAPW Mentoring Program in New York City.

The group of professional women also got tips for determining their business style from Fashion Editor and Celebrity Stylist Inoisell (Ino) Miranda of Inostyle and New York City Chapter member Amber De Vos of A. De Vos Photo, Inc., a respected Photographic Artist.

The evening kicked off with a 45-minute cocktail networking session. After welcoming all attendees, Louise Newsome, NAPW New York City Chapter President introduced a very special guest for the evening, New York City Chapter member and NAPW Spokeswoman, Star Jones.

“Joining Star was her assistant and mentee, Jackie Kaplan. Star announced that she planned to stop by more Chapter meetings in the future and reviewed some of the projects she has in the works for the New York City Chapter and NAPW,” said Chapter President Louise Newsome.

“She mentioned that a mentoring program is being formulated in the New York City area, working with local colleges and universities, in the corporate, entrepreneurial, managerial and human resource areas.”

Along with being the NAPW Spokeswoman, Star is also the Chief Development Officer for NAPW. She appears on TV, radio and in newspapers and magazines, speaking about important women’s issues on behalf of the organization.

“Star told us that she considers herself ‘an advocate for women’ and recently took a few NAPW Chapter Presidents with her to the White House to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act,” said President Newsome.

“They had a wonderful time!”

After Star spoke, the Chapter President introduced her Chapter Officers and Committee Heads who were present at the meeting: Janine Schindler, Chapter Vice President; Laura Ruben, Chapter Secretary; Karen Booker, Committee Head, Events, Becky Barker, Co-Chair, Mentoring Group, Shantha Kalia, Committee Head, Member Welcome, and Erika Ladanyi, head of the Fundraising Committee.

“We also had a visit from Melissa Werner, President of the NAPW San Francisco Chapter, who just happened to be in New York and joined our Chapter meeting,” said President Louise Newsome.

Louise then turned the floor over to Fashion Editor and Celebrity Stylist Inoisell (Ino) Miranda of Inostyle, and New York City Chapter member Amber De Vos of A. De Vos Photo, Inc., a respected Photographic Artist. Their presentation discussed how women can best present themselves in the professional world through dress, hair, makeup and professional photography.

They used three models to show styles that work best with different body types and discussed what it takes to get that perfect professional shot to use for all your promo materials.

After Ino and Amber gave a brief overview of their history and how they got into the world of fashion and photography, they went right into an in-depth review of what Ino called “supporting women’s inner beauty.”

Using three models, one being New York City Chapter President Louise, Ino and Amber went through tips and tricks on how to understand your body type and how to dress that type. They told the group of professional women that there are four basic body types and it’s important to know which one you are. The four types are: 1. Triangle (larger on bottom); 2. Inverted Triangle (larger on top); 3. Rectangle (straight through top to bottom) and 4. Hour Glass (large on top and bottom).

You need to be aware of your purpose, understand the perception on how people see you and manage your body type, they said. You can do that by: 1. Enhance what you love; 2. Balance what you don’t and 3. Camouflage what you dislike.

“Ino and Amber told us that by working with what you have, color, clothing and how you pose, you can actually change your body type,” said Chapter President Louise Newsome. “They said our goal is to enhance our best features.”

For example, if you are more of a rectangle, using graphics can actually create illusion of more of waist. Or something as simple as adding a jacket can change your body type, enhancing areas that are not naturally your best feature.

Another tool, Ino and Ambers said, is using color. There is a psychology behind color. Everyone has a color palette and you need to find that color family, understand it and use it to your advantage. The purpose of this understanding is that your image is your entry point to prospective clients. Your image communicates for you and provides a perception of your brand. It is the fastest way to get from point A to point B and gets you the attention that you want.

Amber shared the following top tips:
1. Have items that mix & match easily – have the most options without having to buy too many things
2. Dress for where you WANT to go, not where you are now
3. Dress for the type of clients you want
4. Invest wisely! Spend where needed
5. Use accessories to enhance your look or body type
6. When you get something new, get rid of something old. Clear out the clutter, but remember to donate that something to help others

“Ino and Amber then took questions from Chapter members and guests and left us with one thought: ‘If you feel fabulous, then you ARE fabulous!’” said Chapter President Newsome.

The guest speakers wrapped up the evening by offering Chapter members discounted sessions and gave away some free sessions to quite a few lucky winners.

After Ino’s and Amber’s dynamic presentation, the Chapter President made members aware of the New York City Chapter’s monthly newsletter. She reminded them of the importance of opening the email and reading the newsletter for announcements from the Chapter, upcoming meetings and any potential changes to those meetings.

President Newsome mentioned that on June 5th, a few Chapter members joined the American Heart Association to assist with the AHA New York City Heart Ball 2013 on the Intrepid.

“It was a successful evening and according to the event’s coordinator, our Chapter members were the best volunteers!” President Newsome proudly said.

As done at each monthly meeting, the next Member Spotlight was chosen. Congratulations went to Laura Gruber. The Chapter looks forward to learning more about her from her bio in the July Chapter Chatter.

Chapter President Louise Newsome thanked Stonehenge Properties for allowing the group of professional women to use their space. She encouraged members to “like” the Chapter Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter. Members and guests were reminded that if they had a leasing question, they could reach out to her and she would direct them to the right person at Stonehenge.

Chapter Members who attended the meeting included: Louise Newsome (President), Janine Schindler (Vice President), Laura Ruben (Secretary), Becky Barker (Co-Chair, Mentor Committee), Shantha Kalia (Chair, Welcome Committee), Erika Ladanyi (Chair, Fundraising), Karen Booker (Chair, Events), Aida Khalaf Parker, Allegra Ressa, Amy Neiman, Arti Sahgal, Audrey Levine Schwartz, Becky Barker, Cheryl Watson, Daniya Ellis, Debbie Silverstein, Donna Keegan, Elizabeth Barker, Elizabeth Schwartz, Erika Ladanyi, Etta Jackson and Gloria Valdes Lieske.

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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