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December 2016

From the President

Happy Holidays NAPO-NY,

As 2016 draws to a close, I just wanted to take a brief moment to reflect on this year’s accomplishments. 

We have had terrific programming (who knew mold and recycling could be so interesting?!). We have had fun and interesting events, including the “Meet the Author” networking events and an online marketing workshop.

There have also been great contributions from our Associate Members, such as the continued support of Box Butler with free meeting space for the NAPO-NY Board and the spirited chapter panel discussion on moving with Junkluggers, Upstairs Downstairs Moving, Morris Moving, Moving Right Along and Scanio Moving & Storage.

And let’s not forget about our efforts to give back. NAPO-NY has continued supporting and helping the women in the Coalition for the Homeless’ First Step program.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has volunteered for the chapter. I value your contribution and NAPO-NY would not be the organization that it is without you!  

All the best to all of you in 2017! I am truly thankful to be a part of this organization.

Collette Shine, NAPO-NY President

From the Board

The Nominating Committee has officially launched the process of recruiting candidates for the 2016-17 Board of Directors of NAPO-NY. Although the new board will not take office until May 15 of next year, we are getting started early because we’re anticipating more openings than usual.

If you are already a chapter volunteer, you know what a growth experience it is and how rewarding it is to volunteer. Being on the board is a great way to develop your leadership skills and to build life-long relationships with your colleagues.

If you would like to know more about what it means to be on the board and what the responsibilities of each position are, please reach out to a member of the Nominating Committee: Sharon Lowenheim (Chair), Audrey LavineSandra Schustack, or Collette Shine.

Please note that Provisional Members cannot serve on the board. However, if you do plan on moving from Provisional to Professional Member by next May, then do not hesitate to have a conversation with us if you are interested.

Meetings and Events

January Chapter Meeting: Organizing Your Thoughts About Money
Monday, January 9, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cicatelli Associates, 505 Eighth Avenue, between 35th and 36th Streets, 20th floor

Business doesn't have to be so hard. In this lively and engaging presentation, Liz Dederer will share powerful strategies that empower you to speak with value so you can earn more in less time while doing what you love.

You'll walk away knowing:

  • What each of “The 8 Languages of Money™” are
  • How the hidden challenges of “The 8 Languages of Money™” may be holding you back from earning the income you require or deserve
  • The #1 mistake when it comes to sales conversations
  • 3 powerful strategies to putting money in your pocket FAST
  • Bonus, if time permits: the top secret strategy you can use to close clients without feeling “salesy”

Liz Dederer helps virtual and traditional business owners earn more money in less time by closing sales easily, and creating a flowing and growing income that supports the lifestyle they're accustomed to. Before starting her own company in 2011, Liz created training programs and executed sales plans for international retailers and developed growth strategies for start-up, turnaround, high-growth and venture capital-backed companies.

Book Club Meeting: “Junk”
Sunday, January 22, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Cafe, 33 East 17th Street, north side of Union Square

This quarter, the NAPO-NY Book Club will be reading “Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff” by Alison Stewart. Read the book, then join us for a fun informal discussion! For more information please contact Mary Reed.

First Step Donation Sorting
Friday, January 6, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Coalition for the Homeless, 129 Fulton Street, near Nassau Street

The First Step Job Training Program is a program offered by the Coalition for the Homeless that prepares women to enter the workforce and earn a living wage. NAPO-NY helps the Coalition for the Homeless organize and maintain a clothing boutique for the women to select interview clothes. If you would like to help sort donations and organize the clothing closet, please contact Lisa Engstrom.

First Step Organizing Workshop
Thursday, February 16, 1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Coalition for the Homeless, 129 Fulton Street, near Nassau Street

The First Step Job Training Program is a program offered by the Coalition for the Homeless that prepares women to enter the workforce and earn a living wage. NAPO-NY presents organizing workshops 6 times a year as part of the program. If you would like to present at the workshop, you must first observe a workshop. If you are interested in volunteering or observing, please contact Dorothy McNeill.

December Meeting Recap: Holiday Party
This year’s holiday party was held at McGee’s Pub. Members gathered for food, drinks, fun and photo ops in the photo booth! Pictures of the event can be found on the NAPO-NY Facebook page. If you have any photos that you’d like to share, please e-mail them to Sarah Roussos-Karakaian.

Welcome New Members

Bree Candee
Samantha Katz

Corporate Associates
Zen Zaug, Legal Shred / Red Bag

Member Media Mentions
Volunteer Opportunities

The spotlight this month is on the Programming Committee, which reports to the Director of Professional Development. The Programming Committee brainstorms topics and speakers for upcoming chapter meetings. A lead team member is assigned to each meeting. There is one position available on this dynamic team.

This is a great position for someone who enjoys working with a team and loves seeing through a project from start to finish.

Other open positions:

  • Media Liaison
  • Press Release Distributor
  • Golden Circle Liaison
  • Professional Development Seminar team member
  • Webinar Planner
  • AV Tech Assistant

To learn more about any of these positions, please contact NAPO-NY’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Lowenheim.

2016 by the Numbers!

As we look forward to 2017, it’s a great time to reflect on what our businesses and our chapter have accomplished this year! So how did we do?

Current members: 122
New members this year: 34
Number who have been members for over 20 years: 15
Current Corporate Associate Members: 18 (new this year: 7)

Chapter events: 3

  • Meet the Author: Barry Yourgrau
  • Meet the Author: Paula Rizzo
  • Mini-Workshop: Small Business, Big Online Presence

Book club meetings: 4

  • “Organizing from the Inside Out” by Julie Morgenstern
  • “New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)" by Fay Wolf
  • “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg
  • “White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between” by Judy Battalion

First Step Organizing Workshops: 6
NAPO-NY met our goal of helping over 100 women in the First Step program this year!