Professional Women of Washington DC Got Fired Up About 2013 Goals at NAPW Washington DC Chapter Event in February

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National Association of Professional Women Washington DC Local Chapter felt the excitement of setting new professional and personal goals at its first networking meeting of 2013 in February.

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The NAPW DC Chapter was on fire as members and guests enjoyed meeting each other (many for the first time)...The women all shared their excitement about being connected to their Local Chapter.

Members and guests of the NAPW Washington DC Local Chapter gathered on February 21st for its first professional networking meeting of 2013.

The group of professional women enjoyed an evening of networking where the excitement of setting new goals for themselves and the Chapter ignited a fire for all.

More than 30 members and guests were greeted with a smile and warmly welcomed as they were checked in by the registration team who explained the evening’s ice breaker.

The new, incoming Chapter President Deborah Leaner, of Y-Not Publishing LLC, opened the meeting by sharing the theme for the evening: "Girl on Fire."

“The goal was to ignite a fire in the lives of each of the women and to help them move to the next level in their personal and professional lives,” said the new Chapter President.

“The song Girl on Fire by award-winning Recording Artist Alicia Keys was played and an excitement filled the room as members and guests reflected on what they really wanted to accomplish in their lives this year.”

Deborah shared her vision, mission, and goals for the Chapter and attendees responded by immediately embracing the opportunity to be on the Chapter Board and/or various Chapter Committees that could help ignite a fire in their lives; thus ultimately igniting a fire in the life of the Chapter.

The NAPW Washington DC Local Chapter President, along with members and guests, then took a few moments to recognize the dedication and hard work of the outgoing President, Gerly Sapphire Harris.

The new President highlighted some of the outstanding accomplishments of the DC Chapter and how the Chapter had contributed to the lives of the members and the community under the leadership and direction of the outgoing President.

Members and the guests honored her with a round of applause, a toast, a card, and a gift of appreciation.

“After we toasted Gerly, the women broke out into small groups for our ‘Meet and Greet Mixer’ based on their current or future business/career aspirations,” said Chapter President Deborah.

Each group had an assigned team leader. The groups were given specific questions to answer that were designed to allow them to get to know each other better and to get them thinking about what areas in their lives they wanted to “heat” up this year and move forward.

The group of professional women shared some interesting goals and discovered how much of a resource the Washington DC Local Chapter could be in helping them to accomplish their goals.

“The NAPW DC Chapter was on fire as members and guests enjoyed meeting each other (many for the first time),” said the Chapter President. “The women all shared their excitement about being connected to their Local Chapter.”

The Chapter President spoke to guests about becoming NAPW members and have the opportunity to continue to ignite a fire in their lives by networking with some great women in the DC Local Chapter.

The Chapter President polled the guests (16) to determine who would be interested in becoming a member of NAPW. Each guest responded by saying “yes,” they were interested in becoming a member of the Washington DC Chapter. The President informed them she would forward their names and contact information to the NAPW Membership Committee for review.

The President closed the meeting by sharing the date and time for the next meeting and thanking the group of professional women for their participation in such a fun-filled and informative night.

Everyone was invited to bring a friend to the meeting next month.

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 Washington DC Local Chapter and/or NAPW, please visit http://www.napw.com.

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