NAPW Raleigh-Durham, NC Local Chapter Celebrated Each Other’s Successes at Two Networking Meetings in August

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National Association of Professional Women Raleigh-Durham, NC Chapter got together twice in August to network, celebrate professional successes of members and discuss exciting future plans.

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This forum helped us to connect and nurture relationships with guests and members.

Members and guests of the NAPW Raleigh-Durham, NC Local Chapter got together twice in August for professional networking meetings.

The group of professional women shared their good news about career successes, discussed how to best reach professional goals and set exciting plans in motion for upcoming Chapter meetings and events.

At the Raleigh-Durham Local Chapter meeting on August 13th at the Village Grille in Red Bowl in Raleigh, Chapter President Louisa Ukoch welcomed members and guests, offering them her support and encouragement, and ensured them of her ongoing availability.

“The meeting provided an opportunity for attendees to gather in an informal setting to network, relax, have dinner together and share what was happening as it relates to their business plans,” she said.

“This forum helped us to connect and nurture relationships with guests and members.”

The group of professional women was then given an opportunity to introduce themselves. Two individuals shared their outstanding news: Donise Benton announced that she received an advance on the book she is writing.

“Members and guests were so excited about Donise’s new venture. She has worked assiduously to provide assistance to the depressed, victimized and abused. We know this book will be of benefit to many!” said Raleigh-Durham Chapter President Louisa Ukoch.

Another individual, guest Pamela Williams shared some welcome news. She told the group that she had recently established a travel agency. Members and guests offered their congratulations and since many love traveling and travel bargains, pledged their support of her new business.

The second part of the meeting provided an opportunity for members and guests to discuss making dreams a reality by focusing on having the right people in their circles. Guest Oge Oraefo-Davis shared that she had to disassociate herself from some of her former friends.

The Chapter’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Ethel Hasty, energized the group with her encouraging words.

“Everyone agreed that sometimes you have to find individuals who inspire you and support your vision. Dr. Ethel Hasty told us that everyone already has what they need to succeed--it is already deep inside of you, she said,” noted President Ukoch.

The goal then is to reach in your core and release those qualities you have and use them to your benefit, Dr. Hasty told the group. Members and guests also discussed what it means to be of service.

Donise Benton and all of the attendees are in service positions. It was clear that these women are altruistic (concerned about the welfare of others). They have aligned themselves with like-minded women whose purposes, missions and passions are to be of service to others.

At the August 17th Raleigh-Durham Chapter meeting, members and guests spoke about how they could continue to grow the Chapter. To best meet the needs of members, it was decided that the Chapter would take a number of steps including conducting a survey, speaking directly to members emailing members, effectively using and creating options.

Nellie Scott, who is in charge of social media for the Chapter, offered to assist with the survey and said she would reach out to members. Cindy Goulding complimented the efforts of the Chapter President, applauding her vigilance when it comes to communicating with NAPW members. Everyone in attendance agreed.

In attendance at both meetings were: Louisa Ukoch, Chapter President; Blessen Ukoch, guest; Nellie C. Scott , member; Karen Sullivan, member; Cindy Goulding, member; Ebele Oraefo, member; Oge Oraefo-Davis, guest; Donise Benton, member; Dr. Ethel J. Hasty, member; Laura Davion, guest and Pamela Williams, member.

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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