Networking, Socializing, Mentoring: NMWA’s Young Professionals Forum Connects Women

NMWA’s Young Professionals Forum (YPF) was founded five years ago by a handful of prominent women professionals who hoped to bring together, mentor, and provide leadership for young female professionals from the DC metro area. Under the guidance of Co-chairs Meredith Harman and Jesse Sterchi, the YPF has flourished, creating exciting opportunities for networking, socializing, and cultural enrichment while supporting the museum’s mission of bringing attention to women in all areas of the arts.

Meredith Harman shares the group’s origins, “We started this group to foster a working relationship between the multiple generations of working women in D.C. NMWA was the perfect fit–bringing a group of young female professionals to a place where they could connect to and be inspired by the work of great women artists seemed natural.” Jessie Sterchi elaborates on the YPF’s goals: “The group brings together young female professionals looking to network and learn from mentors, regardless of their involvement in the arts. However, in doing so, it creates a forum for cultural enrichment though behind the scenes gallery tours, exclusive invitations to exhibition openings, and access to a number of female role models specific to the art world.”

Co-chairs Meredith Harman and Jessie Sterchi with YPF members and friends at the Eye Wonder exhibition reception in February.

Throughout the year, the Forum hosts a number of social and educational events for its members. Our first YPF event of 2011 was the opening reception of NMWA’s current exhibition, Eye Wonder: Photography from the Bank of America Collection. YPF members and friends were invited to preview Bank of America’s renowned collection of international art featuring historical and contemporary women photographers.

Tara Luizzi–styling D.C. one closet at a time

The most unique aspect of the YPF is the mentor series, which connects successful businesswomen with young professionals in all stages of their careers hoping to gain valuable advice or learn more about an area in which they are passionate. Harman explains, “Our Mentor Series have been pivotal in connecting younger professional women in D.C. with more experienced professional women, so that we might learn from their career paths and get advice from them as we continue on our own path.”

On Tuesday, March 23, Tara Luizzi, owner of the Personal Wardrobe Consulting and Styling Service tara styles dc , will host our first Mentor Series event of the year at J.Crew in the Georgetown neighborhood of DC (3222 M Street, NW). Tara will not only share how she created her company tara styles dc, but also provide her fashion expertise on how to wear the current trends for spring. Tara has more than fifteen years of experience in the fashion industry working for top boutiques, including Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Boston, and Relish in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

If you live in the DC metro area, and would like more information about YPF membership or events, please email