Star's Corner

Star’s Corner: Local Chapters Own Their Red Power


February was about taking care of our hearts, inspiring women to do the same and celebrating impactful Black leaders in American history. NAPW Local Chapter hearts beat as one, empoweRED to wipe out heart disease together once and for all. We set the tone for Heart Health Month with Go Red For Women fundraising initiatives, along with many exciting educational and cultural networking events celebrating Black History Month.

NAPW members, their families and friends woke up to the fact that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women in the US by joining our Go Red For Women Wake-Up Call. We learned about the latest updates in heart disease and stroke research, and received ALL the facts to power up our heart health, including how to practice heart-healthy habits and make important lifestyle changes – and the best part… we raised over $5400 for NAPW Foundation philanthropic partner the American Heart Association!

Let’s take a look at some amazing Local Chapter networking events:


New York City | Chapter President Louise Newsome
Fostering professional connections is the key to success. Louise and her team put their “Hearts” into networking, featuring a motivational networking and consulting expert who took the stage, inspiring professional women to believe that anything is possible with networking support and a passionate vision to succeed. Chapter members joined together at an After Party live viewing of the AHA’s Go Red for Women, Red Dress Collection 2015 Fashion Show in New York City, where I had the honor of strutting down the runway in my ravishing Red b. Michael gown, supporting the Go Red movement with so many other wonderful women. When we Go Red and stand together, we inspire change and awareness. Thank you New York City Chapter for your PoweRED support!

Schaumburg, IL | Chapter President Joan Van Allen
A nourished heart is a healthy heart! Joan and her team held it down with their Go Red efforts, holding a Wine and Chocolate Networking Fundraiser. This heart-healthy networking event was a perfect opportunity for NAPW members to engage with local professional women and learn all about heart-healthy living. And we know that eating dark chocolate in moderation can be linked to lower risks of heart failure. Great job, Schaumburg Chapter! Here’s to living healthy and saving lives!


Orland Park, IL | Chapter President Helen Morgan
Stay active, keep moving and work it! Helen and her team held a networking meeting featuring an expert guest speaker and health professionals, discussing how to live heart healthy and build excellent nutritional plans. After some valuable networking, NAPW members worked out their hearts – wearing all Red – with a fun exercise class supporting Heart Health awareness and benefiting the AHA. Plus, an Orland Chapter member performed a heart-moving acappella gospel song honoring Black History Month. Truly inspirational! Thank you Orland Chapter for your impactful efforts!


Portland, OR | Chapter President Carol A. Stormer
A little education goes a long way! In the fight against heart disease, knowledge is our weapon. Carol and her motivated team of professional women harnessed the power of heart education with their Go Red event, featuring special guest speaker Cynthia Combs, Development Director of the AHA’s Go Red For Women Movement. Cynthia discussed what it truly means to Go Red, and why we should all care and educate the women in our lives about heart-health awareness. NAPW members received ALL the facts, along with important tools to take charge of their heart health. Way to go, Portland Chapter!

Orlando, FL | Chapter President Judy Alderson
Celebrating Heart Health and Black History, while encouraging the success of women, was the order of business for the Orlando Chapter. Judy and her crew joined forces with the Orlando Go Red for Women group for their stylish Go Red Fashion Show, raising Heart Health awareness and funds for the AHA. Later in the month, the Orlando Chapter honored Black History with live music and a cultural art exhibit, featuring a surviving Tuskegee Airman, a local Orlando artist and special guest, Miss America 2004 – the first Black Miss Florida. Plus, Bloomingdale’s generously sponsored “Shop for a Cause,” donating a percentage of purchases that day to NAPW Foundation philanthropic partner Girls Inc. What an incredible agenda of events, Foundation initiatives and celebration!

Westchester County, NY | Chapter President Crystal M. Cutler
100% heart and soul, seasoned with a network of infinite support… Now, that’s an NAPW recipe for success! Crystal and her team cooked up a heart-healthy culinary wellness workshop, featuring healthy soul food tasting and delicious dishes modified for the heart. NAPW members learned how to Keep the Flavor and Lose the Fat, receiving healthy tips and recipes which were compiled into a book and distributed to all members, with proceeds benefiting the AHA. Success tastes delicious! Great work, Westchester County!

What a powerful February! From the bottom of my healthy heart, thank you Local Chapters, NAPW families and friends for your amazing Go Red efforts. Every month of inspiration, success and support reflects the power each and every one of you holds in your hands and in your hearts. Now you know why we Go Red… YOU are why!

How has heart disease impacted your life? What efforts have you made to live heart healthy and promote heart-health awareness? Share your comments below.


Megan Bozzuto