Star's Corner

Star’s Corner: Local Chapters Celebrate Entrepreneurs and Personal Passions


Great achievements often involve great risks…and business owners know all about those risk taking, decision making, rule breaking moments—right, ladies?

Local Chapters celebrated the women who dared take the risk to step outside of their comfort zone and pursue their dream of entrepreneurship. NAPW professional women who aspire to be business owners became empowered by success stories and learned how to take the necessary steps to start a business of their own. Entrepreneurship is all about taking a vision and turning it into action—that is true passion at its finest!

NAPW members connected and found value in memorable networking moments, hearing from experts in their industries and speaking with local business women about their experiences.

Here’s a look back at some of last month’s Local Chapter events:

Orland Park

Orland Park | Chapter President Helen Morgan
Helen and her team shared their entrepreneurial spirit with a business showcase. Chapter members and their invited guests talked about their businesses and passions, and shared tips for maintaining work/life balance and stories of perseveranceand of course, they gained lots of new connections. What a wonderful way to learn more about each other and celebrate women in business!

Naperville | Chapter President Patricia Hutson
America, the beautiful—yes, it sure is! Team Naperville celebrated independence and female entrepreneurship with a classic July 4th themed event which included business discussions, networking and, of course, some delicious apple pie. Sweet success!

Ocala | Chapter President Lisa Wyatt
Passion is the “backbone” of a successful business. Lisa and her team hosted an exciting and informative event with guest speaker—owner of a successful chiropractic practice in the Ocala area—who discussed how an entrepreneurial spirit combined with passion and unique expertise and can lead to helping people. It certainly can! Great job.

Walnut Creek | Chapter President Didi MacDonald
Didi and her team enjoyed a splash of wine, legal education and entrepreneurship at their Chapter event. Speakers included NAPW San Jose Chapter President Cynthia Denny, LegalShield Independent Associate; and Maxine Bayley, Senior Immigration Attorney at Duane Morris LLP. They both shared their legal expertise and discussed their passion for entrepreneurship—and Cynthia brought along some wine samplings from her additional business venture as a Boisset Collection Wine Ambassador. Here’s to great discussions, great wine and great friends!


Forest Hills | Chapter President Sara Rivas
NAPW business women, are you financially fit? Sara and her team talked about “Women and Wealth” at their Local Chapter meeting, which featured NAPW National Director of Chapters, Louise Newsome and guest speaker, NAPW member Kimberly Gilgeours of the World Financial Group. Kimberly kicked off the meeting by sharing strategies on how to defer taxes, plan for retirement and build a strong financial foundation. Knowledge is power!


Fairfield County | Chapter President Joan Cavanaugh
What do you know about the art of networking? Just ask Joan and her team! They held an impressive seminar all about it at the Stamford Innovation Center. Guest Speaker, Lori McNeill brings 15+ years of experience in the field of career coaching and educated attendees on how to build, maintain and cultivate their network, first impressions, career growth, personal development and making important connections. Bravo! I enjoyed watching a snippet of the seminar on the NAPW Fairfield County CT Facebook page. Keep up the great work!

Get Involved! Contact your Local Chapter now!

Thank you to NAPW Local Chapter Leadership teams and NAPW members for all your amazing efforts. Your dedication, passion and sisterhood inspires me every day. xoxo

Star Jones | President
National Association of Professional Women


We want to hear from you! How did your Local Chapter celebrate Entrepreneur and Personal Passions Month? Share your memorable moments with us below.


Megan Bozzuto