Professional Women of Joplin, MO Learned How to Get More from their Lives at NAPW Joplin Chapter Event in February

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National Association of Professional Women Joplin, MO Chapter hosted Motivational Speaker Ann Leach who offered members and guests tips for slowing down and getting more out of their lives at the February networking meeting.

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Ms. Leach helps people realize that by taking care of themselves, everything else will fall into place... She did a few exercises with us to clearly show us what we are missing out on.

Members and guests of the NAPW Joplin, MO Local Chapter gathered on February 14th for a professional networking luncheon at Pacific Rim in Joplin.

The group of professional women heard from Business Entrepreneur/Motivational Speaker Ann Leach, whose presentation “Loving Your Whole Life,” offered attendees tips for finding ways to slow down while getting more out of life.

NAPW Joplin Local Chapter President Shanna Heckmaster kicked off the networking luncheon by welcoming everyone, including the newest Chapter member, Vicki Daniels, Vice President of Hometown Bank, to the February meeting.

Shanna asked attendees to go round the room, introduce themselves, and tell the crowd what they were doing currently with their career. Then the Chapter President briefly spoke about the Joplin Chapter meeting agenda and upcoming opportunities and events published on

“Members and guests had the opportunity to exchange their business cards and give each other referrals, along with sharing the referrals they had received so far through networking with each other at previous Joplin Chapter meetings,” said Shanna.

The Chapter President then invited the afternoon’s guest speaker and Business Entrepreneur Ann Leach to take the floor. Ms. Leach is a Motivational Speaker and Coach who works with business owners and busy individuals to help them slow down and focus on themselves.

“Ms. Leach helps people realize that by taking care of themselves, everything else will fall into place,” said Shanna. “She did a few exercises with us to clearly show us what we are missing out on.”

Before beginning her presentation, “Loving your Whole Life,” the guest speaker encouraged attendees to fill in a sheet numbering 1-10 and rate different aspects of their lives. The group had to rate the following topics: money, spirit, health, family, environment, career, play, and love.

Once members and guests reviewed their lists, they were able to see what they needed to improve upon. The group of professional women was asked by Ms. Leach to list two detailed ways they could change their two lowest scores/topics in 30 days.

“Members and guests were advised by Ms. Leach to hold each other accountable at the next meeting in March to see where everyone was on achieving their goals of improving their two lowest scores,” said the Chapter President.

After the presentation, Shanna awarded NAPW pins to new members and offered NAPW notepads as welcome gifts. She invited members to visit the Joplin Local Chapter Page to communicate with one another, see photos, hear local news, and provide comments. Joplin Chapter meetings are also posted on the Chapter Page.

Monthly meetings are held at 6:00pm on Wednesday evenings once a month along with a follow-up recap lunch meeting on the following Thursday, once a month.

Members who attended the Joplin Local Chapter meeting in February were: Shanna Heckmaster, Alaina Yockey, Manisha Patell, and Barbara King. The new member present for the meeting was Vicki Daniels.

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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