Three Professional Women of Washington, DC Held Vendor Spotlight at NAPW Local Chapter Event in March

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Three members of the National Association of Professional Women Washington, DC Chapter held the spotlight at the March networking meeting to showcase their businesses. The Chapter also gathered to celebrate Women’s History Month.

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To achieve this goal, we’re delighted to be able to bring in a prestigious caliber of professionals to speak with and talk to the members to help them ignite some sparks and feed the fire in their businesses and personal lives,

Members and guests of the NAPW Washington, DC Local Chapter gathered on March 21st for a professional networking meeting at the Blackburn Center on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC.

The group of professional women enjoyed an evening of networking and getting to know one another better.

Members and guests also celebrated Women’s History Month by recognizing important women in history and in their lives.

NAPW Washington, DC Local Chapter President Deborah Leaner welcomed members and guests to the meeting, which was hosted by Ronda Goldman, C.E.O. of The Eden Company.

Chapter members were invited to introduce any guests they had brought with them to the event.

An expression of the Chapter’s appreciation was presented to the member who brought the most guests, which was member Sharece Crawford who had nine guests. She was delighted to receive a gift and recognition by the members.

President Deborah reminded members and guests that the primary goal of the Washington, DC Chapter is to continue to motive, inspire, and contribute to the growth and success of each member.

“To achieve this goal, we’re delighted to be able to bring in a prestigious caliber of professionals to speak with and talk to the members to help them ignite some sparks and feed the fire in their businesses and personal lives,” said the Chapter President.

The Chapter President then invited the three Chapter members who were chosen to be part of this month’s “Vendor Spotlight.”

“We had three Chapter members who were put on the “Vendor Spotlight” platform,” said the Chapter President. “Each was invited to deliver a short presentation about her career and/or product.”

The first presenter was Sharron Dansby, C.E.O. of Maximizing God’s Women, Inc. The organization’s vision is: To see survivors of sexual abuse break the cycle through healthy and productive living. Ms. Dansby shared a powerful testimony of her childhood and told how she overcame being a victim of abuse. She wrote a book titled, Journey Through The Furnace, God is There.

Next up was Sharece Crawford, Business Developer, The Alliance Group of Maria Benjamin Consulting. Ms. Crawford shared and demonstrated some new information highway technological products.

This was just the type of technology most business owners need to ignite that spark in their business. The group of professional women had an opportunity to test out one of the products.

All were impressed and agreed it was a wonderful tool to use to enhance businesses.

Last to present was Ronda Goldman, C.E.O. of the Eden Company. She introduced a new “cutting edge tool” called the “Neat Receipt.” Ronda demonstrated how the tool helps small businesses and individuals to keep expense receipts better organized by converting them from paper to electronic files easily.

This was something attendees were very interested in since it is tax season. The products/services presented were new and improved tools that the group agreed could help enhance personal lives or help professional businesses go to the next level.

In recognition of March as Women’s History Month, the Washington, DC Chapter invited members and guests to share in an ice breaker that was designed around this theme.

The women were asked to introduce themselves to another person and talk about two women (living or deceased) who inspired them to be a leader/entrepreneur.

Guests and members were then invited to share with the larger group who the inspirational women in their lives were and why.

The group of professional women moved into five smaller groups during the Nibble and Network Mixer period, and used this time to engage in a discussion surrounding three preselected historical women: First Lady Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Johnnetta B. Coles.

“Members and guests engaged in thought-provoking conversation around what legacy they thought each of these women would leave,” said the Chapter President.

“The meeting was brought back to order so the smaller groups could report their viewpoints to all attendees.”

A number of announcements were made.

Members were encouraged to attend the NAPW National Networking Conference in New York on April 26th. The Washington, DC Chapter is excited to announce a “That Girl is on Fire” event that will take place at the May meeting.

This event will be further introduced at the April meeting along with the criteria and instructions for member participation.

The next NAPW Washington, DC Chapter meeting will be April 18th.

Returning members and second time guests: Deborah Leaner, President, Ronda Goldman, Sherry Blue, Linda Nivens, Vanessa Johnson, Sharron Dansby, Lisa Laubgross, Christiane Frischmuth, Dedria Carter, Xiomora Pierre, Sapphire Harris, Lisa Smith, Sabina Michel, Deidra Carter, Karen Tucker, and Sharece Crawford.

New members attending for first time were: Mina Marefat, Alisa Woods, Anita Pearson, Sonia Montes de Oca, Barbara Salisbury, and Julia Hardman Tsadick.

First Time Guests: Victoria Venable, Angela Adams, Vanna Cure, Natalie Foster, Lauren Middleton, Tasha Williams, Melissa Cannaroth, Antoinelle Hansley, Adrianne Whitehead, Rene Ralston, Kierra Hart, Natalie Foster, Pamela Rachal, Jamila Idris, Deyana Walker, and Deborah J Smith. There were two male guests (Tarek Stevens and Derrick Johnson) in attendance that provided technical assistance to the presenters.

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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