NAPW Kansas City Metro, KS Local Chapter is Committed to Establishing and Supporting Chapter Goals at March Meeting

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National Association of Professional Women Kansas City Metro, KS Chapter hosted networking event in March where members and guests gathered to set Chapter goals and support each others’ professional endeavors.

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This will keep each Chapter meeting fresh and interesting...We will also provide an opportunity for a member to highlight her business and/or philanthropic participation at each meeting.

Members and guests of the NAPW Kansas City Metro, KS Local Chapter gathered on March 13th for a professional networking meeting at the UBS Financial Building.

The group of professional women discussed how they could support and help each other achieve their professional goals and also set future goals for the Chapter.

NAPW Kansas City Metro Local Chapter President Susan Freeman opened the meeting by welcoming members and guests.

After the women introduced themselves, Susan announced that the format of future Chapter meetings will center on one of three topics: educational, philanthropic, or social.

“This will keep each Chapter meeting fresh and interesting,” she said. “We will also provide an opportunity for a member to highlight her business and/or philanthropic participation at each meeting.”

Although there was originally an educational component scheduled for the March meeting, the group of professional women decided to forego that in order to set some goals for the Chapter.

It was decided they would develop a mission/ vision statement similar to the NAPW National Mission Statement. The Chapter President agreed to research any existing mission statement(s); guest Marcy Meyers said she would take the lead on this project.

Chapter President Susan noted there were 80 members registered with the Kansas City Metro Chapter plus there are surrounding Chapters that may not be very active in Olathe and possibly Lee's Summit.

After checking with NAPW National, it was determined that the Chapter should use the NAPW Message Center to communicate to all local registrants on a frequent basis to encourage Chapter participation.

Member Barbara Rogoff was selected to be Membership Chair and will work with Susan to track efforts.

“Barbara also agreed to work on a Chapter Newsletter and/or attachment so we can build excitement and spur attendance when emailing members,” said the Chapter President.

The group talked about spotlighting a specific member each week; highlighting 'pearls' that they have achieved since the last time the Chapter met. Also mentioned were 30-second bios that could be read at the meetings in order to educate attendees about each other's businesses and backgrounds.

In addition to supporting each other, the group of professional women is interested in championing one or more local charities. A discussion ensued about ways to raise money for different causes by holding drives and events.

Prospective member Elizabeth Elson expressed an interest in heading the Chapter’s monthly philanthropic focus and will take on that leadership role once she becomes an NAPW member.

Susan told the group that since she has access to the page, she will be in charge of updating it with photos, minutes, and information.

She also mentioned the Chapter has a Twitter Page and a Facebook Page.

Chapter member Paula Nix said she would take the lead in learning more about social media and ways the Chapter could spread excitement through the use of these sites.

“We ended the meeting with food, social time, and the challenge for each of us to bring four women to the next meeting,” said the Chapter President.

“We decided these women could be members, non-members, business women, or women who are transitioning into business and/or looking for mentors.”

The Kansas City Chapter will meet the second Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm and will keep the location at the UBS Financial Bldg., 11150 Overbrook, Leawood, KS, 3rd floor conference room, since it is centrally located between Kansas and Missouri.

As the Chapter grows, other venues will be considered but it was agreed that consistency would be a good thing in the beginning.

Attendees were Susan Freeman, President of the Kansas City Metro Chapter; Paula Nix, Member; Barbara Rogoff, Member; Marcy Meyers, Prospective Member; and Elizabeth Elson, Prospective Member.

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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