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Chapter President: Lisa Wyatt
Phone: 352-425-3346

If you are in our Ocala area, and would like to join our NAPW Ocala Chapter, or would just simply come as a guest, please let me know.  You can reach me, Lisa Wyatt, your President, at or 352-425-3346.  

Here are the meeting minutes from our January 17, 2015 NAPW Ocala Chapter meeting:


Chapter Name/President’s Name:  NAPW OCALA CHAPTER, President Lisa Wyatt

Title of Meeting and Speakers:  NAPW OCALA Chapter January 17, 2015 Meeting; “New Year, New You” event.

Date and Location:  January 17, 2015, Holiday Inn & Suites, 3600 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL  34474.

Highlights: “Enriching your Professional and Personal Goals” was a great event including several businesses that set up as “vendors” including our NAPW vendor table.  NAPW members were networking with other businesses in the area, and introduced what our local Ocala NAPW chapter brings to the table.

Dr. Barbara Brooks was one of our founding members from day one, and has worked very hard towards the success of the Ocala NAPW Ocala Chapter.  This event sponsored local business leaders that gave inspiring speeches, however most of all, were the speeches from the 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 year old students that spoke most eloquently about a “New Year, New You”.  They were not the least bit fearful to speak to a crowd of around 150 adults and taught us adults how to be successful and a better person!  They certainly had the mantra “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, a Nelson Mandela quote.

Ian Santos, the 17 year old high school student was the first speaker, and he spoke on “Perspective”, and received a standing ovation, as each speaker after him also received!  The next student was Alexander Swan, spoke of “communication goals”, and encouraged everyone to seize an opportunity when it comes along.  Even at his young age, he spoke of the importance of “networking”!  Brand yourself and be genuine!

Yasmin Bacchus was a lovely young lady, a 14 year old freshman, spoke of her goal as attending medical school and is at the top of her class along with other activities in school, and spoke about “time management”.  Which one of us (if not all of us) could use help with that?!   

The next young lady was Trinity Bonner, raised by a single mother, is only 13 years old and spoke about how to become a better leader through teamwork!  What an amazing young lady!  The last speaker was Laila Fakhoury, and she touched everyone in the room as she spoke about “is your heart in the right place?”  As we think about the “New Year, New You”, soften your heart by volunteering and expand your cultures.

At the end of the event, Dr. Barbara Brooks, president of the R.A.M.A.L. organization, gave out two scholarships to two single mothers, one for $1000 and one for $500.  What a great way to start out the New Year!

Member Attendance: Those in attendance were:  President Lisa Wyatt, Board Member Dr. Barbara Brooks, Board Member Leda Pérez-Castillo, Board Member Vickie Kayuk, Board Member Jane Moerlie and guests Consuella Shaw, Regis Boatwright, Teresa Roberts.  Thank you all for attending!

I’m looking forward to our February meeting!   Stay tuned for a great 2015!

Respectfully submitted by President Lisa Wyatt, January 20, 2015.


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