NAPW Wichita, KS Local Chapter Got Tips on Hiring & Leadership Styles at Networking Chapter Meeting in February

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National Association of Professional Women Wichita, KS Local Chapter hosted expert who shared tips about pre-employment checks and discussed effective leadership styles at February networking event.

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Jamie Brown from the National Screening Bureau reviewed her dissertation topic Roadmap to a Successful Hire...This roadmap outlines all the different pre-employment checks and searches that the bureau recommends.

Members and guests of the NAPW Wichita, KS Local Chapter gathered on February 11th for a professional networking meeting at the Green Mill Restaurant at Kellogg & Rock Road in Wichita.

The group of professional women heard useful information about conducting background checks on potential employees from guest speaker Jamie Brown of the National Screening Bureau.

Attendees also discussed ways women can be effective leaders in the workplace.

NAPW Wichita Local Chapter President Dawn Reed kicked off the meeting by welcoming all members and guests.

She invited the group of professional women to introduce themselves and mention one objective they have for 2013. She then introduced the evening’s guest speaker.

“Jamie Brown from the National Screening Bureau reviewed her dissertation topic ‘Roadmap to a Successful Hire,’ said the Chapter President. “This roadmap outlines all the different pre-employment checks and searches that the bureau recommends.”

Among its many duties, the National Screening Bureau is responsible for electronic I-9 System; drug testing for companies; background checks; social medial checks; identity verification; criminal searches; e-verify; and annual recertification.

“This was a very enlightening presentation as many of the attendees did not realize some of the criminal actions going on in today’s workforce and how to prevent them,” said Dawn. “Now we know where to go for assistance. It was very educational!”

The Chapter President then led a discussion about finding your authentic leadership style. The topic was based on an article by Kelly Azevedo: What’s The Secret for Women to Lead Effectively on the Job?

The author offered the following three steps:
1)    Look to leaders you admire.
2)    Stop putting yourself first. “Leadership is an exercise in service.”
3)    Find and refine the balance between personal and professional. This is about finding the balance between getting to know your team and setting clear boundaries.

The author ended the article by saying, “Embodying your authentic leadership style is a process, but it sends a powerful statement and commands respect. In the end, it’s not about conformity or mimicry, but looking within yourself to find the style that resonates with you – and wearing it, inside and out, with confidence.”

During the networking meeting, the group of professional women also spoke about new Chapter business including the opening of two officer spots: Vice President and Event Planner. The Secretary slot has been filled by Debbie Morris.

The Chapter President also discussed several local upcoming events found in Women’s Focus Magazine that the Chapter may become involved with in its effort to give back to the community.

The next Wichita Local Chapter networking meeting will meet on Monday, March 4th at 7:00pm at the Green Mill Restaurant (Kellogg and Rock Road).

Members present for the meeting: Dawn Reed, Chapter President, Bombardier; Tina Meyer, The Coleman Company; Debbie Morris, Chapter Secretary, Social Security Administration Hearing Office; Jamie Brown, National Screening Bureau; Mary Roupp, Membership Officer, Beechcraft; and Regina Miller, Princeton Children’s Center. (Danya Burks, who was not present, is the Chapter Public Relations Officer.)

Guests and potential members present for the meeting: Annette Moore, Mary Kay; Genia Tuxhorn, Body by Vi; Haley Reed, Mary Kay; Mona Young, Mary Kay; Rosie Howell, Mary Kay; Anita Buchanan, People Matter Group; Paula Morgan, HR Professional/Independent; Vivian Egger, Mary Kay; and Linda Shinogle, Mary Kay.

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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