It’s exciting to lead our thriving association and get to know smart, professional colleagues in an expanding industry. It’s thrilling to be at the front of what is a bustling industry. This has been a fantastic year as President of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) and I want to share my State of NAPO address with you!
NAPO empowers and partners with us in our businesses and careers.
Let me share just one of many NAPO stories with you about our relationships. It’s a story of us. Amanda Wiss met Eileen Bergman before conference. Many referrals were passed between the two and then there came Urban Clarity’s largest referral amounting to over $50,000. As a gracious thanks, Amanda gave Eileen tickets to the play Hamilton. And guess the name of that client – Hamilton!
That’s the power of our relationships and our connection to NAPO.
5 Ways NAPO empowers our businesses and careers
That story speaks about one success, however there are many more. I am speaking today about 5 of these: education, credentials, leadership, financial scaling, and work life integration.
We’re education junkies and NAPO has the stuff we need. It’s our certificates, on demand education and bundles. NAPO offers top notch education available affordably and easy access 24/7. Our NAPO certificates are game changers. I just completed Household Manager Specialist Certificated and loved each class. As Deborah Gussoff, In Place owner says, certificates have given her more education to help her clients. NAPO Education ranks as a top member benefit.
We have the gold standard here at NAPO. It’s our certification program, the Certified Professional Organizer (CPO). This is about credibility, education and ethics. As my friend Janice Simon, who works at M.D. Anderson says, certification gives her additional credibility inside an institution that values this. Congrats to our over 350+ CPOs. We’re growing!
There’s a leader in each of us. We have opportunities to lead that include major opporutnities and micro volunteering. Our industry has passion for making a difference and these opportunities are available to each of us. As my friend and President – Elect Susie Hayman says, NAPO leadership gives her the opportunity to empower others. Be sure you are signed up to share your strengths and talents.
No matter how big our financial goals are, NAPO is here to support you in meeting these. NAPO members can scale their businesses to the size that works for them, can be a team member in a larger business, or decide on a career organizing within another arena or company. We support financial success in supporting each other. As my friend Lisa Mark says, she and a mentee worked together on a project that included over 35 subcontractors of various forms. Together they earned 5 figures in 6 days. That’s how we can support and work together to earn what we want.
Work Life Integration
NAPO gives us the opportunity to create balance in our work and life. That’s my NAPO success story. Each Friday I close the week off at 12 noon to start Gigi Friday. That’s when I spend the afternoon with my grandkids. I appreciate the flexibility of my work and the opportunity to spend every Friday afternoon with my grands.
NAPO is thriving because of each of us and our partnership with NAPO. As we move forward with our work and careers, there is no limit to what we can accomplish together.
As I end my term, I want to thank each of you for the amazing opportunity to lead our association. It’s beyond my biggest dream to lead the smartest, most innovative, most collaborative members in our bustling association and a growing industry.