NAPW Seattle, WA Local Chapter Held Its First ‘Meet & Greet’ Networking Event in July

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National Association of Professional Women Seattle, WA Local Chapter got to know more about each other as they discussed plans and set goals for the newly established Chapter.

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It was truly an invigorating event and it was clear that this is an enthusiastic and talented group of women...In addition to learning a little bit about each other, we discussed many ideas for growing the Seattle Chapter and making it dynamic and useful.

Members and guests of the NAPW Seattle, WA Local Chapter gathered on July 23rd for a professional networking meeting at The Bottlehouse restaurant in the Madrona district of Seattle.

This was the new Chapter’s first ‘Meet & Greet.” The group of professional women enjoyed getting to know one another both personally and professionally and made exciting plans for the Chapter’s future.

“It was truly an invigorating event and it was clear that this is an enthusiastic and talented group of women,” said Seattle Chapter President Susan Hesselgrave.

“In addition to learning a little bit about each other, we discussed many ideas for growing the Seattle Chapter and making it dynamic and useful to the membership.”

The group of professional women enjoyed drinks and small plates out on the deck on a gorgeous sunny summer evening.

They discussed a number of items including the structure of future meetings, reaching out to other members in the Seattle area and getting together with nearby Everett or Bellevue Chapters for larger events.

“We talked about having a regular feature at our meetings where Chapter members would deliver a 20-minute presentation that would focus on their profession,” said President Hesselgrave.

Members and guests also discussed having outside speakers at future meetings address such topics as social media management, life balance, effective networking, marketing, staying healthy in the workplace, presentation skills, etc. Several members were interested in contributing in this area, either by making a presentation or providing referrals to potential speakers.

The group was very interested in giving back to the community. Suggestions for accomplishing this included offering some type of mentorship opportunities to girls/young women such as supporting young women in business with coaching, guidance, communication skills, etc.

The Chapter discussed plans for raising funds for such a project by holding an annual auction for members, using the resources of the group to contribute services for bidding/purchase (such as a style makeover package with the Chapter President).

The next Seattle Chapter meeting is Wednesday, August 21st.

Meeting attendees: Elizabeth D. Bowman, who owns and is president of Innovatively Organized, a productivity consulting firm (innovativelyorganized.com). Meghan Whitlock, MA, LMHCA, a psychotherapist with a counseling practice focused on children and young adults (meghanwhitlockcounseling.com). Sabrina Johnson, a certified professional coach who helps empower women to move from “Funk to Fab” at Rise by Design Coaching (risebydesigncoaching.com). Carmel Chartrand, a long-term care insurance agent with Genworth LTC (genworth.com/products/long-term-care.html). Janet Greiling, an independent marketing manager, also with Genworth LTC (genworth.com/products/long-term-care.html). Christine Blubaugh, a certified health coach who guides women to a healthier and more energized life (christineblubaugh.com). Margie Nicosia who, in addition to working in high-tech/IT, is also an independent photographer (imaginetheworld.smugmug.com). Shelly Kurtz, the executive director of affiliate sales and marketing for the Comcast International Media Group, with International Media Distribution (imediadistribution.com/). Susan Hesselgrave, who owns Radiance Image Consulting, where she helps women discover a personal style they love and create a wardrobe that supports their goals and the life they want (radianceimage.com).

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 Seattle, WA Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com .

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