It has been a busy summer for NMWA’s Young Professionals’ Forum (YPF). Founded more than six years ago by co-chairs Meredith Harman and Jessica Sterchi, the YPF’s mission is to bring together, mentor, and provide leadership for young female professionals from the D.C. metro area through networking and social events. This summer, the YPF has partnered with other women-focused associations in the area for some exciting events.
On June 12, 2012, NMWA welcomed members of Women in Government Relations for their annual event, Experience the Arts. Co-hosted by the YPF, this event recognized the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Maryland Writing Project for their commitment to arts education in the D.C. community. In addition to hearing from the leaders of both organizations, guests enjoyed a performance of Catalyst, a one-woman docudrama created and performed by Brooke Haycock depicting the important role of educators in the lives of students.
In July, the YPF teamed up with the American Women’s Society of Certified Public Accountants to bring life and career coach Hilaire Henthorne to NMWA. Hilaire spoke on the topic “From Distressed to De-stressed: Wellness Wisdom for Women” and gave members of both organizations helpful tips for keeping work, family, and relationships in balance while maintaining our own mental and physical health. As most female professionals admit that they are consistently stressed and take very little time for themselves, the topic of this presentation was very apropos for the YPF.
On August 14, members of the YPF convened at i Ricchi in Dupont Circle for a happy hour featuring complimentary appetizers and half-price beverages. This was a great opportunity for members to network with one another and celebrate the final month of summer.