MINUTES: March 7, 2013 – Wine & Cheese Mixer

Chapter President: Cordie Lacey
Meeting Date: 3-7-13
Next Meeting Dates: 4-11-13, 5-16-13
Number of NAPW members in attendance: Total of 11 members and 8 guests
Guest Speakers/Presenters: Linda Bell, ACCESS Director, DeSales University

The NAPW Bethlehem Chapter began its first monthly meeting this year with a Wine & Cheese Networking Mixer, bringing together an eclectic group of 19 professional women in what all believe will be a thriving women’s networking group here in the Lehigh Valley. Excitement, curiosity and anticipation lighted the event as women representing the small business and large business sectors, entrepreneurs and franchisees, political, entertainment, education, travel, health and other industries gathered.

At 6:00 p.m., attendees arrived at DeSales University’s Easton campus to find a room decorated with sponsor donated give-aways and brochures, registration materials, soft music, wine & cheese and comfortable seating to allow for easy movement, just to set the mood for a relaxed after-work social. The evening began with NAPW members and guests getting acquainted with one another, sharing commonalities and engaging in free, open conversation. Thirty minutes into the evening, sponsor representative, Linda Bell of DeSales University addressed the group regarding their ACCESS Program, and other higher level education programs geared specifically for the working professional. Chapter President, Cordie Lacey, and Principal of LaceFront Entertainment, LLC. followed with a presentation, outlining a high level 2013 strategy for NAPW Bethlehem’s ongoing sustenance and continued growth, especially for the benefit and support of each individual member and their businesses. The floor was then opened for individual attendee introductions, events announcements and sharing of ideas that could benefit the Chapter and their respective communities. Key ideas shared include:

• Hold a Mother/Daughter event to attract high school and college students not yet in the work force
• Consider having one NAPW chapter for Lehigh Valley instead of separate chapters for Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton
• Consider having networking meetings at members’ businesses to promote/feature business services
• Contact local food businesses to request donations for meetings in exchange for publicity & speaking opportunities for their business at NAPW Bethlehem events and promotions via Facebook, LinkedIn, PR Web, etc.

Prior to concluding the evening, a business card drawing was conducted resulting in 3 winners:

Dawn Davis, President of Servpro of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall (http://www.facebook.com/ServproEBW)
Kate Briggs, Land Agent II, NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage
Rachael Robles, Financial Services Representative, TD Bank

Each of the above-named winners will get featured coverage & exposure in NAPW Bethlehem’s social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and throughout its online community within the NAPW website, with a chance for press coverage through PR web. Congratulations ladies!

Stay tuned! Next month, the NAPW Bethlehem Chapter will host a “Speed Networking Event” on Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at East Stroudsburg University-Lehigh Valley Center, 60 West Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA (Historic Bethlehem). Members and non-members are welcome but must RSVP to NAPWBethlehem@gmail.com by April 4, 2013. Updates on all future monthly events, can be found at http://www.napw.com/chapter/148/bethlehem/

Note: Non-members are invited to attend each monthly meeting, for a maximum of 2 monthly meetings attended. See the NAPW website for information on joining the organization.

Other upcoming events sponsored by NAPW members include:

The following upcoming event was announced by Jacqueline Nonnemacher, Ameriprise Franchisee:

“Learn How to Be Fierce: Financially & Physically”
Lee Gribbens on Main
194 Main Street
Emmaus, PA 18049

Interested attendees must RSVP to Jackie by March 22, 2013 at 610-530-1445, Ext. 11.

See you at next month’s NAPW Bethlehem Speed Networking Event! Until then, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter: NAPWBethlehem

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