My motto has always been to, “Give as good as you get, or even better!” These are words I was taught to live by, and live by them I do. Over the past year, I’m proud to say that this has become the motto of our Local Chapters and all the professional women of NAPW
I look at every day as a gift, and am inspired to seek new challenges, encouraged to step out of my comfort zone and explore new possibilities. With charitable spirits and huge, generous hearts, NAPW members have spurred my imagination to think of ways we can all work together for one common goal – to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our communities and the world.
In 2014, as President of NAPW, I founded the NAPW Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of NAPW, whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of women and girls through service, sisterhood and self-help, of which I am also the Executive Director.
Since its inception, together we have brought awareness, encouragement and support to the Foundation’s philanthropic partners – the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Heart Association – I’m also their National Volunteer – Dress For Success and Girls Inc. Through monthly Local Chapter networking initiatives, events and activities, payin’ it forward has never felt so good… and never been easier!
Every year, we create the NAPW Foundation Calendar of Events to provide NAPW Local Chapter Presidents with monthly themes and suggestions for Chapter events and activities. From many small charitable initiatives throughout the year to one spectacular blow-out event, NAPW Local Chapters’ amazingly unique and creative activities raise much-needed funds for our national philanthropic partners and for numerous charitable organizations within their local communities.
Thank you to all NAPW members, Presidents, Regional Managers and the Local Chapter Division for rising to the challenge, going above and beyond with your charitable initiatives and helping to grow the NAPW Foundation into a philanthropic force for positive change.
This is our Year of Power. We have the power to keep making a difference. Here’s to paying it forward… this year and every year!
Star Jones – President
National Association of Professional Women
Founder and Executive Director, NAPW Foundation