Welcome to NAPW Local Chapters!
2015 is shaping up to be our NAPW Year of Power. As we approach the New Year, here’s what to expect from Local Chapters in 2015…
As I discussed on our recent Power Hour Webinar, hosted by our President, Star Jones, the days of Local Chapters existing as islands are over, and working together as one team has begun. Through the implementation of the NAPW Foundation and the Foundation Calendar of Events in early 2014, we started experiencing our unity as a team, which has proven very successful, with Chapters across the country following the Calendar in their own special, uniquely individual ways. This united Local Chapter force will power up 2015 and take us to new heights of achievement and success.
Being involved in your Local Chapter is the way to go! Local Chapters, as Star and I always say, are the heart and soul of NAPW, the glue! This is where real-time networking happens and life-long connections are made. And, you want to step it up a bit by getting more involved!
I know as a fellow Chapter President that my Leadership Team has a more enriched experience within NAPW by being on our Local Chapter Board. Chapters are more successful with a team; and with NAPW’s demographic, we have the ability to create diverse teams that, statistics show, enable successful and productive environments. Local Chapter Presidents cannot do it alone.
Local Chapters create opportunities for everyone, as a member of the National Association of Professional Women, to showcase your products, services and professional expertise, either by being offered the opportunity to be a keynote speaker, be part of a panel or stand up and share your 30-second elevator pitch to the room. Additionally, Chapter events encourage group activities and allow you to get to know your fellow members better, creating successful networking experiences.
Expanding our avenues of communication widens our field of opportunity and brings us together as a team. Chapter Presidents receive communication through our Local Chapter office email; from Regional Managers, via calendar invite; and also in the NAPW Message Center. The Local Chapter Division often opens up conference calls to your Board Members along with other outside events for members to attend.
Communication expansion also holds true for all members of Local Chapters. Reading the communications sent to you by your Chapter President keeps you in the loop and allows you to make time to put your membership to work for you. Chapter Walls also have events posted; and checking the Wall often for updates is a good way to stay current on what is happening in your local area.
The Link has been out less than a year, and has proven to be a great success! Our stats show consistent member engagement. The newsletter comes out every month and is announced, via email, to all our members and posted on all our social media platforms. It also lives on our NAPW website under the tab “NEWS” for you to view all past newsletters.
With our new website launch in early 2015, we will have the capability to rebuild our Mentorship Program. Available technology empowers us to design a program that connects our members in a manner conducive and productive to a thriving mentor / mentee relationship, and is expected to be available to all of our members. Along with additional technology advancement, we can also build our Member Agent Program, where members will have the opportunity to become agents and grow their network by enrolling new members in their area and also from around the country. The implementation of this program will be instrumental to the growth and future success of Local Chapters.
Finally, I want to acknowledge our VIP members and what it means within Local Chapters to be a VIP member. A VIP member has the ability to tap into all our products, services, corporate and Local Chapter VIP events; and NOW becomes the only tier having the opportunity to be a prime candidate for the role of Local Chapter President. Having our VIP members run our Local Chapters make sense, and I look forward to continuing this program along with all of the above to raise the bar for all our members within Local Chapters and within NAPW throughout 2015… our Year of Power.
I wish you all a happy and healthy Holiday Season!
National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
NAPW defines success as “owning your own power.” As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters. NAPW members have diverse backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives and lifestyles with one common bond – their ability to succeed. NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.