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SPARK. IGNITE YOUR NETWORK.
NAPW sparks the inspiration in all of us – providing a network, access, tools, education, and the defining goals that help you be who you want to be. Don’t you love being a member of NAPW?
Those were the opening remarks of Star Jones, NAPW’s National Spokesperson and Host of the 2013 NAPW National Networking Conference: Spark. Ignite Your Network. If you were one of the more than 1200 members who answered Star’s question with a resounding “YES,” I thank you. Together with Star, Keynote Speakers Martha Stewart and Arianna Huffington, distinguished speakers and panelists, and our sponsors, you helped to make this year’s event a tremendous success.
If you weren’t at the Conference, I hope you were able to follow the live Twitter feed #NAPWcon during the day. Be sure to check out this month’s feature story for more about this inspiring event, and click here for exciting Conference highlights, including interviews and photos.
Editor in Chief
Donna Vock Designs and Consulting, LLC
New Canaan, CT
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NAPW: What is your profession?
Vock: I am a fine jewelry designer and personal jeweler, specializing in creating
custom-made pieces and giving personal attention to every client. I also specialize
in antique restoration, and sourcing of rare collectibles.
NAPW: What led you to choose this career path?
Vock: It was a way to engage both sides of my brain; to explore my creative urges while building on my strong education in, and love, for the sciences.
NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?
Vock: Growing my own small business without any financial backers, and with very little paid advertising, through referrals and repeat clients.
NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why?
Vock: Hillary Clinton, for all the obvious reasons, especially her intellectual capacity, her sense of purpose, and her determination. My grandmother Agnes,
for her steadiness, poise, and work ethic.
NAPW: How do you unwind?
Vock: I listen to music, especially blues, soul, and old rock and roll. Watching
a hockey game with my sons is my “guilty” pleasure. Gardening for hours on end clears my head when I feel like some quiet time, and of course, sharing a great
meal with my husband, preferably at home surrounded by our three dogs.
Full Service Printing, Marketing, Graphic Design
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NAPW: What is your profession?Benbow-Fung: Entrepreneur of a full-service marketing and printing company. NAPW: What led you to choose this career path? Benbow-Fung: I worked in the advertising industry for over 16 years and once I had kids, I decided to start my own business. NAPW: What professional achievement are you most proud of?Benbow-Fung: Starting my own full-service marketing and printing company. There are so few women and minority-owned printing companies in New York that can offer everything needed to launch a brand/campaign, including printing items to promote that brand. NAPW: How do you define success? Benbow-Fung: Success in my opinion is realizing your true potential and bringing it to life! I worked in a booming industry and made lots of money for many years, but my real success began the day I started to do what I enjoy! NAPW: Where do you see yourself in five years?Benbow-Fung: Expanding my business and giving back to my community. NAPW: How do you unwind?Benbow-Fung: With a glass of wine and a great date with my husband.
Resolution Resources LLC
Building & Construction, Real Estate,
Property Management, and Consulting
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NAPW: What is your profession?Chulla: Licensed Community Association Manager, independently working as a consultant to Boards of Directors for self-managed properties, commercial facilities, and homeowners’ associations to solve their maintenance or restoration issues. Over the last 13 years in managing properties such as high rises, low rises, mobile home parks, 55+ communities, homeowner’s associations, and commercial condos, I have developed my own Preferred Vendors List. I am the ‘conduit’ between the clients’ needs and the vendor I choose for their solution. NAPW: What led you to choose this career path? Chulla: I have been an Assistant Project Manager for new construction, a licensed Real Estate Salesperson, passed the requirements and state exam for Real Estate Broker (but chose another path). Therefore, it was a natural evolution of my years ‘in the trenches’ and ‘crisis management’ to use my skills for my own enterprise. NAPW: Role models inspire us. Whom do you admire, and why? Chulla: I admire, to the fullest, Oprah! She is the epitome of an enlightened woman. She helps and inspires others with every word she speaks and with
the individuals she introduces to the world. Her words of wisdom, and those
of her guests, resonate within me and replay in my mind throughout my
problem-solving challenges. NAPW: How do you unwind?Chulla: Sorry to play the "age card" again, but in five years I’ll be 73 and would like to mentor younger women to find their own path in life. I do not plan on retiring, however, I plan on traveling to exotic places.
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2013 NAPW NATIONAL NETWORKING CONFERENCE RECAP
his year’s National Networking Conference, Spark. Ignite Your Network,
was truly a memorable event. More than 1200 members from across the country came together for a day of inspiration and networking. Together, they set the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in Midtown Manhattan ablaze with their energy, and passion to succeed.
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At the Conference, NAPW members made connections and formed relationships that will help advance and enrich their lives professionally and personally. They connected not only with each other, but with our Host and NAPW National Spokesperson Star Jones, our extraordinarily successful and insightful Keynote Speakers Martha Stewart and Arianna Huffington, and the impressive array of panelists and workshop experts. All offered their advice and wisdom when it came to the most relevant issues facing women today, from how to achieve work/life balance to whether one should lean in or lean out to overcoming challenges in the workplace. Here, some highlights from the Conference:
What NAPW Members Think
Prior to the Conference, attendees had the opportunity to share their experiences as professional business women, on such topics as networking, mentoring, and more. Here’s what they said:
• 71% found networking with their peers to be extremely valuable
• Nearly 90% said mentoring has been instrumental in their success
• While just over half said they felt they have attained a work-life balance, 98%
said it was something they are striving to change
• More than 50% said they do, as women, feel fairly compensated at work
• Over 70% feel that women have achieved equal access to leadership positions
in the workforce
• Nearly 80% said they feel their workplace values diversity
Star Jones: Conference Host
From the minute she walked onto the stage, Host Star Jones, one of the most accomplished and recognizable women in the country, electrified members with
her opening remarks, “We are here to spark debate, to start a dialogue, and to
own a tremendous sense of strength as professional women in the year 2013! NAPW is at the epicenter of enabling your personal and business agenda and network like never before.” Star kept members engaged, excited, and energized with her inspiring words of wisdom including “Star’s Simple Seven to Success,”
her candid one-on-one keynote interviews with Martha and Arianna, and her unique brain exercises.
Martha Stewart: Entrepreneur Extraordinaire
A role model for female entrepreneurs everywhere, Martha Stewart shared her personal insights about achieving success: “I knew the value of hard work. The advice my dad gave me and always gave us was, you’re smart enough, you can do anything if you work hard enough.” In a frank discussion with Star, Martha talked about the very public challenges she has faced and how she was able to overcome what she said was, “Just a bump in the road.”
Arianna Huffington: Media Savvy Professional
“What I’ve been adding is we also need to learn to lean back,” Arianna Huffington told the audience while discussing Sheryl Sandberg's new book Lean In, a book about women in the workplace. As Arianna spoke to Star about her experiences as a very successful business woman, she encouraged members to strike a balance between life and work. Arianna also discussed the importance of mentoring younger women. “It’s not just about ourselves; it’s about sharing what we’ve learned…” she said.
NAPW Power Panel
Members also heard the advice and wisdom from four high-powered, dynamic women as Host Star Jones moderated the NAPW Power Panel. Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief of MORE Magazine; Desirée Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing; Monique Nelson, CEO of Uniworld/a division of WPP; and Kim Garst, CEO of SOCIAL! BOOM, gave the room full of professional women plenty to think about as they discussed social media, personal branding and much more.
Networking and Workshops
Members participated in topical networking, visited the vendor showcase, and attended thought-provoking workshops, including The Transforming Leader, led by award winning entrepreneur and Forbes contributing writer Bonnie Marcus; Reinvention - The Journey is the Destination, led by Naked Branding creator Danielle Marcus; Igniting Your Personal Brand, led by award-winning leadership consultant Sue Stanek, Ph.D., and Striking a Balance, led by Kathleen Barton, Your Life Balance Coach.
Wrapping Up the Day
At the beginning of the Conference, Star Jones promised members that NAPW would give them the tools and resources they need to use the SPARK to Ignite their Network. With the help of our host, distinguished speakers, and generous sponsors, that’s just what NAPW did. A closing cocktail reception hosted by Star was the perfect way to wrap up NAPW’s Third Annual National Networking Conference. It was a chance for members to discuss the insight and wisdom they gained from the array of outstanding speakers. And of course, members continued to connect with one another, inspire each other with their successes, and tap into the exclusive network of professional women that is NAPW.
NAPW ignites you and your network, helps build your business and guides you in the creation of the successes you’re seeking. We want you to feel inspired to create and conquer anything you want. – Star Jones, NAPW National Spokesperson
Stay Current & Connected...
> 2013 NAPW NATIONAL NETWORKING CONFERENCE
RECAP THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
> QUOTES FROM THE CONFERENCE
> LOCAL CHAPTER RECOGNITION AWARDS
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2013 NAPW National Networking Conference Recap
Through Social Media
The National Networking Conference, Spark. Ignite Your Network, was held on Friday, April 26th in New York City. Over 1200 NAPW members came together to experience a full day of inspiring speeches, networking sessions, panel discussions and motivational workshops.
The excitement began to build at the Welcome Cocktail Reception where members got an early start on networking. They sipped cocktails courtesy of Ciroc, a Conference sponsor, and mingled with NAPW National Spokesperson Star Jones and several of the workshop experts and panelists.
In the hours leading up to the main event, members and speakers alike took to Twitter and Facebook to share their enthusiasm about what was to come:
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Check out the NAPW blog to read the full blog post, see what members, speakers, and panelists had to say and view exciting Conference photos.
Quotes From The Conference
From Tweets the day of the Conference to comments posted on the NAPW Facebook Page and NAPW LinkedIn Company Page, members shared their thoughts about the event. Read on for a sampling of what they had to say:
@StarJonesEsq I had the pleasure of attending the #NAPWcon - your lesson in remembering to take care of ourselves is stuck on my heart. TY - @cleverrelish
Attended #NAPWcon yesterday in NYC. Learned so much from the fabulous, accomplished and successful women I met there. I am truly inspired!
After hearing my sister's great experience at #NAPWcon I want to know more about the org. - @MsCityMaven
Best conference met great people and the guest speakers were awesome!
- Vicki Eberhart
My first conference and it was fantastic. I really enjoyed the sessions and the connections that I have made. - Michelle Rogers
The Conference was excellent! I will be bringing my sister, who just joined today, with me next year. I am re-energized, inspired and poised for continued success.
- Nicole Francis
My first Conference and what an experience! These women are so amazing and our keynote speakers were so empowering in the wisdom they shared. Met some amazing women. Thank you NAPW for an enlightening conference.
- Yasmin Elizabeth Hernandez
I believe that NAPW has the woman power to remake the workplace. Looking forward to working with such powerful women as I met at the conference.
- Ellen Gottlich
Local Chapter Recognition Awards
This year at the Conference, six Local Chapters were recognized for their outstanding efforts in a number of areas: The NAPW Buzz Award acknowledges Chapters that produce the most exposure through social media and other outlets; the NAPW Participation Award is awarded to Chapters that demonstrate the most growth and retention, and the NAPW Charitable Award is given to Chapters whose charitable acts go above and beyond.
Chapter: Alexandria, VA
President: Andrea I. Hancock
Chapter: New York, NY
President: Louise Newsome
Chapter: Forest Hills, NY
President: Anjali Chugh
Chapter: Los Angeles, CA
President: Ruth Garcia-Corrales
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NAPW WELCOMES 12 NEW LOCAL CHAPTERS
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New Local Chapters and Their Presidents
San Diego, CA.......................................René Reyes
San Mateo, CA......................................Pamela S. Frazier
Long Beach, CA.....................................Tamara K. Greet
Olathe, KS.............................................Nickie L. McFarlane
Westlake Village, CA.............................Diana Naber
Simi Valley, CA.....................................Marian Gorman
Denton-Highland Village, TX...............Tammy S. Leonard
Nashville, TN........................................Jackie Swisher
Milwaukee, WI.....................................Lissa (Melissa) Rolenc
Longview-Tyler, TX..............................Robin (Foss) Ashworth
Arlington, VA........................................Sasha M. Evans
Providence, RI.......................................Tarah K. Johnson
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Don't Forget Mother's Day!
Sunday, May 12th is Mother’s Day. It’s a time to celebrate, remember, honor, and say thanks to moms – and all the women in your life - who have helped you along the way. NAPW wishes all moms a very Happy Mother's Day!