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February 2017

From the President

Hello NAPO-NY:

If you didn’t see the email announcement last week, let me remind you that voting is now open for the 2017-2018 NAPO-NY Board of Directors. Please vote! The voting deadline is March 10, 2017.
And NAPO2017 (NAPO Annual Conference & Organizing Expo™) in Pittsburgh is just two months away (April 26-29). If you haven’t yet decided whether to attend, I urge you to decide YES! Conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn, to network, to make new friends and to have fun. I also truly believe it is an investment in your business, it is a time to focus on how you run your business and to learn new skills to allow you to continue to deliver top-notch professional services to your clients.
If you have any questions about conference, please feel free to reach out to our Conference Coordinator Amy Neiman.

Enjoy what’s left of our crazy winter weather, spring is just around the corner!

Collette Shine, NAPO-NY President

Meetings and Events

March Chapter Meeting: All You Need to Know to Combat Chronic Procrastination
Monday, March 6, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cicatelli Associates, 505 Eighth Avenue, between 35th and 36th Streets, 20th floor

Come listen and learn as Dr. Christine Li shares the 4-part process she used to conquer her own chronic procrastination and to teach hundreds of others how to move forward with calm and confidence in their lives. Her presentation — “I’ll Procrastinate Later: Getting from Self-Talk to Self-Start” — will provide valuable, time-saving strategies for reducing your fear and getting more out of your day. Don’t pass up this opportunity to learn how to break free from stress, avoidance, and delay.

Dr. Li is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan and Westchester, New York. Alongside her private practice, Dr. Li is working to raise awareness and to provide expert guidance on the topic of chronic procrastination. She blogs regularly on her Procrastination Coach website and provides instruction and support to those interested in getting rid of their procrastination.

First Step Donation Sorting
Friday, March 10, 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. This is a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues and use your organizational skills for a great cause! If you would like to help sort donations and organize the clothing closet, please contact Lisa Engstrom.

First Step Organizing Workshop
Thursday, April 20, 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 a workshop, you must first observe a workshop. If you are interested in volunteering or observing, please contact Dorothy McNeill.

Book Club Meeting: “The Western Guide to Feng Shui”
Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Cafe, 33 East 17th Street, north side of Union Square

This quarter, the NAPO-NY Book Club will be reading “The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Creating Balance, Harmony, and Prosperity in Your Environment” by Terah Kathryn Collins. Read the book, then join us for a fun informal discussion! Contact Mary Reed for more information on the book club or suggestions for future books.

February Meeting Recap: Leveraging Your Expertise for Social Content Marketing
The product spotlight this month was on Immigrant Home, a Brooklyn-based company that designs and builds contemporary, handmade furniture.

This month’s program was presented by Lauren Karasek, Executive Director of Social Media at Spark Growth. Lauren shared her expertise in how to leverage social media content in order to grow your business. Lauren’s presentation and the full meeting minutes can be found in the Document Library, accessed from the Members Only menu on the NAPO-NY website. (You must be logged in for Members Only access.)

Welcome New Members

Paizhe Pressley 
Shannon Reilly 
Harlan Sexton

Member Media Mentions

Leslie Josel’s book “What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management” was mentioned in ADDitude magazine.

Jeffrey Phillip's "How to Organize Everything" column appeared in the March issue of Good Housekeeping. He was featured in "4 Organizing Trends That Pros Wish Would Go Away For Good" and "7 Things Professional Organizers Wish You Knew" on

Lisa Zaslow was featured in “Tim Cook wakes at 3:45 a.m. Maybe you should, too” in USA TODAY.

Volunteer Opportunities

The spotlight this month is on the Social Media Coordinator, who keeps NAPO-NY in the public eye by posting interesting tidbits on social media, specifically Facebook and Twitter.

This is the kind of position that you can really make your own. You can:
•           share blog posts written by our members
•           highlight our corporate sponsors
•           share highlights of our monthly meetings
•           advertise our upcoming speakers

It’s not a huge time commitment. The current person in this position states that you can plan a month’s worth of posts in an hour. It’s something you can do from your phone while on the train, or at night while watching TV!

This is a great position for someone who loves social media!

Other open positions:
•           Website Content Editor
•           Media Liaison
•           Golden Circle Liaison
•           Programming Committee
To learn more about any of these positions, please contact NAPO-NY’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Lowenheim.