NAPW Schaumburg, IL Local Chapter Celebrated Official Launch with Guest Speakers at Networking Meeting in April

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National Association of Professional Women Schaumburg, IL Local Chapter hosted Financial Service Professionals Linda Johnston and Tony Daniels and Terri Channer of WINGS at launch event in April.

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We also discussed the Schaumburg Chapter’s vision and goals and upcoming Chapter events...Members and guests contributed countless suggestions for future events.

Members and guests of the NAPW Schaumburg, IL Local Chapter gathered on April 17th for a professional networking meeting at the offices of New York Life Insurance in Schaumburg, IL.

The official launch event for the Chapter included a presentation by Financial Service Professional and Chapter member Linda Johnston and her associate Tony Daniels, as well as Terri Channer, Director of Development of WINGS (Women In Need Growing Stonger).

The group of professional women also discussed the vision, goals and exciting plans for the Schaumburg Chapter.

In May, members attended a wardrobe seminar presented by Brooks Brothers in Deer Park, IL.

Schaumburg Local Chapter President, Joan Van Allen kicked off the launch event by welcoming everyone, briefly walking through the agenda for the evening and inviting members and guests to introduce themselves.

“Before the official start of the meeting, attendees were welcomed to sign in by member Pam Van Den Bussche, Organizational Leadership Consultant at Sunrise Valley Associates Inc. and directed to a delightful appetizer buffet provided by member Peggy Mikros of Cork Catering,” said President Joan Van Allen.

The evening’s first guest speaker, Terri Channer of WINGS, spoke to the group of professional women about the organization that helps homeless and abused women and children by offering integrated services that meet their needs for shelter, education, guidance and support.

WINGS was chosen by the Schaumburg Local Chapter as the charity that will benefit from its first “Cocktails for a Cause” event in June. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the organization’s efforts.

Chapter member Linda Johnston, a Financial Service Professional, and her associate Tony Daniels, next delivered their presentation “Smart Money” to members and guests. They shared their expertise about how to get the most from a financial advisor.

The Chapter President then discussed upcoming opportunities including the Chapter Reward Program and the 2013 National Networking Conference on April 26th.

She invited those members who planned to attend to report back to the Chapter with a recap.

“We also discussed the Schaumburg Chapter’s vision and goals and upcoming Chapter events,” said President Joan Van Allen. “Members and guests contributed countless suggestions for future events. The remainder of the evening was spent networking.”

All attendees were asked to drop their business card in a bowl for a raffle prize drawing.

The winner was member Donna Lavin from Sotheby Realty, who received a gift certificate for an item from Gigi Hill bags (provided by member Christi Osburn).

On May 7th, Schaumburg Chapter members attended a wardrobe seminar presented by Brooks Brothers in Deer Park, IL.

Sales Associate Bridget Couch and Store Manager Tara McCallum demonstrated how to mix and match blouses, jackets, slacks, skirts and dresses to achieve several different looks for a variety of occasions.

For example, they modeled a conservative shift dress that can be worn at the office and then jazzed it up with accessories for an evening affair.

The ladies in attendance, including Donna Lavin; Denise Hansard, Owner of Coaching2Dream, and Chapter President Joan Van Allen, received a 25% discount for their purchases that evening.

“The presentation was very enjoyable and helped me match existing pieces from my own wardrobe with the high-quality pieces I purchased from Brooks Brothers,” said Chapter President Joan Van Allen.

Members and guests present for the launch included: Julianne Comstock, Linda Johnston, Peggy Mikros, Pam Van Den Bussche, Christi Osburn, Donna Lavin and her associate Georgiana Sinnett, Beatriz Cabrera, Rosemary Konz, Sharon Glasshof with her daughter Natalie Glasshof, Denise Hansard, Michelle Mikka-Van Der Stuyf, Tracy Paukstys, Martina Swanson, DeniceTegethoff and Jill Plotke.

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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