Professional Women in Temecula, CA Expressed Support for Each Other’s 2013 Goals at NAPW Temecula Chapter Event in December

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National Association of Professional Women Temecula, CA Local Chapter discussed career goals and professional aspirations for the New Year at December meeting.

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Each member was also asked about some objectives they would like to accomplish professionally in 2013. It is our goal to support each member in achieving their respective professional goal(s).

Members and guests of the NAPW Temecula, CA Local Chapter gathered on December 11th for a professional networking meeting at Yard House Restaurant in the Promenade Mall in Temecula. Over dinner, the group of professional women got to know one another and talked about their career goals and aspirations for 2013, from learning more about social media to expanding their businesses to becoming more involved with the Temecula Chapter. All of the meeting attendees expressed mutual support for each other and shared ideas and insights. The group also discussed future goals for the Chapter in the coming year.

NAPW Temcula Chapter President Aminah Johnson started the meeting by welcoming everyone and briefly speaking about the meeting agenda. Welcome gifts from NAPW of NAPW writing journals and pins were passed out. The group of professional women then took turns telling the others a little more about themselves and their career aspirations for the coming year. Many spoke about what it meant to be a part of NAPW, the largest and most recognized network of female professionals.

“Members were asked to introduce themselves, their business, why they joined NAPW, and to share with the group what they would like to gain from the experience,” said Aminah. “We were all very eager to learn more about each other and to help one another realize their professional goals.”

Patricia Rendl told the group she is new to the community and joined NAPW because she wanted to be part of a female-based organization. Sheila Cohen said she would like to see the Temecula Local Chapter grow and become a power Chapter in NAPW. Terri Parker said she got involved in NAPW as a way to meet and network as well as to gain support from women in the area. Additionally, she wanted to be part of a nationwide women’s organization.

Meredith Clarke mentioned she is looking to network with progressive women in the area. She said she would like to gain from her involvement with NAPW experience in marketing and transitioning into a new career. Alicia Henderson said she is looking to gain insight from other professional women that would allow her to grow her business. Aminah Johnson told the group that she is interested in networking with progressive women in the area as well as learning ways to further grow her business.

“What is one thing you want to learn more about this upcoming year?” Aminah next asked the members.

Meredith said she would like to learn how to better use the many resources NAPW offers; Terri hopes to learn more about how to use social media to grow her business; Sheila wants to know how to expand her real estate client base and branch out into HUD; Patricia talked about learning how to utilize Cloud Computing in her business; Alicia expressed the desire to learn how to effectively market her business; and Aminah said she would like to learn how to better utilize social media.

“Each member was also asked about some objectives they would like to accomplish professionally in 2013. It is our goal to support each member in achieving their respective professional goal(s),” said Aminah.

Meredith said she hoped to start the transition process out of blacksmithing into corporate security utilizing remote guarding and lighting; Terri would like to double her business; Sheila would like to expand the software side of her business; Patricia said she would like to expand her business to include five to seven new clients a month and to acquire the tools necessary to grow at this pace; Alicia would like to build upon her experience in social media and expand her business to include five new clients a month, acquire office space, and hire employees whom she can offer benefits; and Aminah said she would like to began maximizing social media to grow and market her business. She also said she hopes to expand her business to include Special Olympics in ten states, one Fraternal Organization National Convention, and acquire five new sales associates.

Aminah shared with the group the NAPW Reward Program. There are three categories in the program: Charitable Award, Buzz Award, and Participation Award. The chapter that does the best based on the criterions set by NAPW will be awarded $10,000. The Temecula Chapter will revisit its participation in the program in the coming months.

“As a team, we discussed what we would like to see the Temecula Local Chapter accomplish in 2013,” said Aminah. “The consensus of those in attendance was that we would like to create unique learning and networking opportunities, to include, but not limited to ‘Meet & Greets’ to network and increase the Chapter profile, training workshops on effective marketing, training workshops on social media, and using the NAPW Chapter Wall to support each other."

The group of professional women also discussed suggestions for future meetings, projects, and ideas. It was decided that the Temecula Chapter will find a charitable organization that it can participate in year round, and be able to increase its efforts during holiday seasons.
Chapter meetings are posted on the Temecula Chapter Page of napw.com. The next Chapter meeting will be held on January 15th at 6:00pm at Olivera’s Coffee & Juice Bar, located at 43049 Margarita Road in Temecula. Future Chapter meetings will be held at 6:00pm on the third Tuesday of each month.

Members in attendance at the December Temecula Chapter meeting were: Aminah Johnson, NAPW Chapter President, Co-Founder of Aminah Enterprises; Patricia Rendl, Owner, All Star Bookkeeping and Payroll; Sheila Cohen, President of Consulere, Inc., she is also a Real Estate Agent; Terri Parker, Realtor, HomeSmart RE; Meredith Clarke, Owner, Meredith Clarke Farrier Services; and Alicia Henderson, Medical Biller and Practice Manager, Henderson Medical Billing Solutions, LLC.

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.

For additional information regarding the NAPW Temecula, CA Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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