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Kids with big heart The other side of the Friar Tucks story Gas Meter Inspectors EPA stresses the importance of recycling and proper disposal of PPE Friar Tucks takes a stand A visual art project for quarantining teens Economy first, health second The silver lining among clouds Part IV Testing capacity in California Cotati-Rohnert Park Co-op Nursery School struggling to survive Cougars prevail in all time classic ‘Fog Bowl’ Wellness Baskets for Seniors Healthy food given by NOAH Interception seals the deal Covid-19 impacts school district 49er Pet store closes its doors Emotions were running high Shelter in place order update Fresh faces on the CRPUSD board December gets festive in Cotati Johnson picks up Las Lomas fumble New COVID-19 community testing sites Newsom’s vision “cradle to career” Promotions in the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety Visit the Arts and Craft Faire in RP Rancho eliminates Benicia City of Cotati and Rancho Adobe Fire District partner for fire prevention Bad air quality cancels sports Official election winners as projected by the VOICE  RP swears in new council member Homelessness spikes in RP FEMA grants Santa Rosa $1M to ensure effective evacuation routes Not in my backyard... 36 New Graduates from El Camino High School People helping people during COVID-19 Fun family Christmas events in Cotati Cougars’ season comes to a tearful sad conclusion Home delivery changes Another death in California and investigation into E-Cigarette use Annual holiday gift and toy drive Callinan receives RP mayor gavel Another astral performance Is COVID-19 affecting your ability to pay rent? RP City Council held special virtual meetings Dr. Dominguez and Hawkins named as director and co-director for Hanna Institute University Elementary School to host Maker World at SSU Animal Shelter League of RP receives grant Cotati Council reshuffles seats 73rd Miss Sonoma County competition held at Spreckels More high density in Rohnert Park Put down your phone April is distracted driving awareness month SSU Police make arrest in sexual assault case CRPUSD district’s good news in May Nomination period opens for March 3, 2020, primary election Orangeco settles case for price gouging Rohnert Park storm drains getting a whole new look Public hearings held for school district Dr. Mayra Perez new CRPUSD superintendent PG&E to conduct helicopter patrols in Sonoma County The Community Voice endorses candidates DA’s office awarded DUI Prosecution Grant Rohnert Park kid joins TCU El Camino graduates Rohnert Park Council says we don’t need another agency Rancho students excel in Poetry Out Loud  SC public safety heroes of the year Don’t drive with an open container Traffic concerns top RP survey SSU Equestrian looks to go national Brace yourself for mosquitos Straus Family Creamery moving to RP Station Avenue project An offer has been made and accepted on Rohnert Park’s corporate yard SMART to offer free rides... SOMO Village overrun by CHP party Worn American flags laid to rest Penngrove man receives life sentence School Board initiates election process change Reducing disposable bottle waste at Hahn Elementary The Community Voice announces a sincere Thank You Part III Life behind the closed door The silver lining among clouds Part III Frightful, fun, free Halloween activities Cougars crush Ukiah Election projected winners November 6, 2018  Sonoma Clean Power offers no-cost energy upgrades Rancho advances to semifinals RP’s n­ew Director of Public Safety A stand-off with barricaded, suicidal woman ends safely in RP RP has a new director of public safety Mackenzie leaves SMART RP officers spent Sat. car chasing A shimmer of hope against the angry heavy sky SSU to host North Bay Women of Color conference Rancho’s TAG building, now a reality Mayors of So Co write angry letter Dodd’s college student food bill passes TAG building grand opening Rohnert Park caregiver arrested Sheriff’s canine apprehends convicted felon Latino Alliance promotes first festival Discussions on the care facility and apartments PG&E meteorologists forecasting a major winter storm Dark gloomy skies, rain, mud and Timberwolves could not stop CIF 3A NorCal Champions, Cougars AG Becerra reaches settlement alleging anticompetitive practices by Sutter Health Bella Creek, a new housing project How the County of Sonoma shares housing Astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann talks to students The Community Voice flex operations schedule Schools plan for distance learning Notice to residents Public invited to give input on Downtown RP Site School board candidates voice opinions Woman stabbed on west side of RP LandPaths connects people to protected land Tech High Girl's Soccer Undefeated champions! AG Becerra issues consumer alert on price gouging in fire-affected communities Learn to docent at the SSU Fairfield Osborn Preserve RP Downtown project underway New signs point in the right direction Where are the ski lifts? Is Cotati being targeted? New alcohol fees for Rohnert Park Sonoma State president testifies for tax relief for disaster victims Fixing Cotati’s roads RP driver identified Burglary suspect found with firearms Special education funding complicated Students housing and voting Flu activity widespread CRPUSD announces next steps in new election process Separating with Reconciliation and Grace Sportsmanship, community, lifelong fitness We have prepared a helpful guide Soccer Stars program receives grant Aviso a las residentes State Farm property steams forward to Station Avenue Scrappers Steal Win RP Foundation issues grant Cotati allows second dispensary New residential building lands approved In Singapore Strait aboard a missile destroyer PG&E has a prediction model USCIS presents free training on how to apply for citizenship RP investigates new site for Corp. Yard Two arrested in RP motel for mail theft  Is Juuling the new norm? Cotati considers $15 min. wage Schools, facilities and bonds: Plans but no money No criminal charges filed against PG&E in northern Ca. wildfires  RP decides on west side Vintage race cars on Sonoma raceway track May CalFresh month celebration Keeping California history alive Cube satellite built by SSU students set to orbit the Earth  So. Co. DA Ravitch announces consumer protection settlement Helping homeowners with energy efficiency Redwood Credit Union celebrates 70 years of service The study session that was not initiated during board Part one: Life behind the closed door Tragedies can occur far too easily The silver lining among clouds Part II Rancho Cotate Band fundraiser BBQ Jessica Holman: Thirty-five years of Rancho Spirit Titans crush Mustangs Station Avenue gets final approval Cotati Council reviews trash plan Baseball League receives donation from local motorcycle club Cotati Police Chief Parish swears in new officer Garber A Sunday afternoon with retired football players Injury collision closes Golf Course Dr. Giving Kids Smiles in Rohnert Park Neighborhood watch meeting scheduled New Executive Director at SSU DUI driver crashes into 7-1 RP man sentenced to prison 23 years for robbery Adolescent birth rate continues to decline November is Native American Heritage month... 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Created by women, for women ~ The Northbay Alliance of Professional Women

By: Stephanie Derammelaere
June 8, 2018

 

 

 By Stephanie Derammelaere

In 2007 several local female business professionals – some who worked for companies and some who were entrepreneurs, got together to form the Northbay Alliance of Professional Women. Since then, the Rohnert Park-based organization has grown to approximately 50 members, has become a non-profit, started another chapter in Mendocino County and is furthering their mission to connect women through networking so they can achieve their professional goals.

“Because it was 2007 things were pretty difficult in the economic landscape,” says Michelle Martin, President of the Northbay Alliance of Professional Women. “As a female entrepreneur, it really felt like we needed to gather our resources and create a community to move through this and build successful, thriving businesses. It was a small group in the beginning - five to seven of us – that decided we had to band together because we are stronger as a unit than we are individually.”

Knowing that as busy, professional women they had limited time and flexibility, they decided to meet once a month for an hour and a half luncheon to empower, learn from and encourage each other. Today, the group still meets every third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse at Redwood Creek on 600 Rohnert Park Expressway West.

Much more than just another networking group however, the organization aims to support and showcase their members in a positive networking environment, share their collective knowledge and resources, unite to create a stronger community, recognize achievement and educate themselves on business and leadership growth fundamentals. Topics discussed do not just cover business-related issues, but can range from a variety of topics many women have to deal with such as parenting, aging parents, shifting roles and workforce transitions.

“In traditional networking groups I’ve seen relationships built and people broadcasting their business, but I haven’t really seen that particular development of the individual, that driven person who just wants to get better every day,” says Martin. “That was something I hadn’t seen in the landscape of what you call traditional networking. We really wanted to be different. We wanted a place where we could grow and learn and we could always know that value would be delivered.”

And yes, NAPW does also encourage strong referral relationships to increase the income and profits of their members. However, unlike other networking groups, membership is not limited to one member per industry. The group’s mentality comes from a place of abundance, not lack.

“That was another thing we wanted to be sure was different,” says Martin. “We believe in an abundance mindset versus scarcity. There’s a lot of networking groups that are very fearful that leads will go in the wrong direction or that there won’t be enough for the members, and they’re very quota driven and they’re very limited on who can participate. With NAPW we absolutely do not believe in that approach. We think there is enough room in the world for everyone and if they want to come in and synergize and grow with us, and are going to be a positive influence and help us learn new things, we 100 percent want to welcome them.”

Besides the monthly meetings, NAPW also hosts “Ladies in Leadership,” a symposium of women-created companies, generally held twice a year. These events provide women of all industries and backgrounds with an opportunity to gather together and hear from a panel of four to five powerful and inspirational female leaders. These sessions focus heavily on leadership skill development and developing meaningful business connections.

Their most recent event, titled “Grit & Gumption – Gearing up for Change,” was held on April 26, 2018 and featured a panel of female leaders addressing a variety of pressing issues facing women in business today. Some of the topics included establishing an online presence, increasing financial health, and being an effective leader.

“One of the speakers spoke about social media and your presence, getting your message across and determining your intention,” says Martin. “We had another person who spoke specifically about justifying your value – what you deliver to the marketplace and what your true value is and how you communicate that to yourself and the public. We had a great speaker talking about taking initiative on self care and that it’s ok to not have all the answers but it’s not ok to suffer. It’s important that you find the wisdom, that you seek good counsel, and that you surround yourself with positive people and don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. That’s important for people to hear because we’re very perfection oriented and we think that we have to be perfect to be successful. That’s not even a real possibility – there is no perfect.”

Currently, the organization is managed not only by Martin but also a board of directors, including Sharon Bricker-Ferris, Kathleen Coghlan, Jennifer Kruss, Monica Moura, Tatjana Janga and Ann Moreno.

“We have the most extraordinary board of directors in the universe,” says Martin. “We would not have the structure, the bandwidth, or the positivity if we didn’t have the most amazing board members.”

Another unique feature of NAPW is that the organization contributes financially to a variety of other local community organizations, through a percentage of the bi-annual $60 dues that each member pays. Some of the non-profit organizations NAPW has donated money to include AMVETS, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Boys & Girls Club of Rohnert Park, the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park – Cotati and COTS, as well as many others.

“The way we built our bi-laws is that, any membership or renewal monies that come into NAPW during a six-month period, we have taken 12.5 percent of those monies and already dedicated them to a local non-profit,” says Martin. “We’re already prepositioned to give back to another non-profit. It’s part of the bi-laws and has always been that way. The current non-profit we’re sponsoring is a local non-profit called Lilliput. They are a foster and kinship care agency in Sonoma County that helps find foster homes or helps children that have been separated from their families be reunited.”

Professional women interested in NAPW are encouraged to attend a monthly meeting to determine if the group is a good fit for them. The organization allows visitors to attend two complimentary NAPW meetings before asking them to make a decision about becoming a member. In addition, any questions can be directed to Michelle Martin at 707-217-9994 or to Sharon Bricker-Ferris at 707-799-6111 or by checking their website, www.ladiesprofessionalalliance.com.