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March 2017

From the President

Hello NAPO-NY:

It is finally here—happy spring to you all! The results are in and here are your 2017–2018 NAPO-NY Board of Directors:

Over the coming months, the Board is excited to roll out a number of initiatives. All of these actions are the result of your responses to our membership survey last fall. We are energized and excited to share these initiatives with you! 

So don’t miss our April 3 chapter meeting where our Corporate Associate Membership Director, Lon Epstein, will lead us in a fun networking exercise designed for you to get to know your fellow NAPO-NY members better!

See you soon.

Collette Shine, NAPO-NY President

From the Board

One of our initiatives is to make all your chapter resources and information easier to find on the NAPO-NY website. The latest addition is a one-stop shopping list of benefits and discounts currently offered by our Corporate Associate Members. Log in to access this list, it is available to members only.

In addition, did you know that the NAPO-NY Library has access to the recordings of all past conference sessions? If you are still undecided about going to Conference this year, you can log in to listen to what you have been missing. You can access the recordings at NAPO University. (You must be logged in with your NAPO HQ credentials.) The database recognizes that you are a member of NAPO-NY and that NAPO-NY purchased conference recordings, no additional access codes are necessary.

Meetings and Events

April Chapter Meeting: Getting the Most Out of Your NAPO Membership
Monday, April 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cicatelli Associates, 505 Eighth Avenue, between 35th and 36th Streets, 20th floor

Come join us as Mindy Godding of NAPO National discusses how to get the most out of your NAPO membership.

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 and join us for a fun informal discussion!

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. In this month’s organizing workshop, fellow NAPO-NY members Wendy Samuel of Clutter Therapy, LLC will speak on paper management and Donna Goldberg of The Organized Student, LLC will speak on time management. If you would like to present at a workshop, you must first observe a workshop. This is a great opportunity to give back to a valuable cause! If you are interested in volunteering or observing, please contact Dorothy McNeill.

In addition to presenting organizing workshops, NAPO-NY helps the Coalition for the Homeless organize and maintain a clothing boutique for the women to select interview clothes. Earlier this month, NAPO-NY members Paizhe Pressley, Harlan Sexton and Lisa Engstrom braved the snow to help sort donations. If you would like to volunteer to help sort donations and organize the clothing closet, please contact Lisa Engstrom.

March Meeting Recap: All You Need to Know to Combat Chronic Procrastination
The corporate associate member spotlight this month was on Box Butler, a convenient and secure storage pickup and return service. Pickups can be scheduled on their website.

This month’s program was presented by Dr. Christine Li, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Manhattan and Westchester, New York. Dr. Li shared her 4-part process to conquer chronic procrastination as well as tools to boost efficiency and productivity. Dr. Li’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

Ursula Colon
Cassey Hassell

Corporate Associates
Matthew Brody, Roadway Moving
Yohai Cohen, Scanio Moving

Member Media Mentions

Jamie Shaner was featured in “Faces of Home” in Buffalo Spree.

Lisa Zaslow was featured in “3 science-backed ways to be more productive when you work from home” in

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. There are multiple positions available on this dynamic team.

This is a great position for someone who enjoys working with a team and loves seeing a project through from start to finish. It’s an ideal position for someone who enjoys attending chapter meetings.

To learn more about this position, please contact NAPO-NY’s Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Lowenheim