Anticipating NFPW Conference in Chicago

 The NFPW conference is later this week in Chicago. I have eagerly anticipated this conference from the moment the Illinois Woman’s Press Association presented at the Texas Conference.

I’ve always loved Chicago. Combine that with getting to see old friends and new friends, the networking, the seminars and yes, staying at the number one city club in the United States, it was hard to contain my enthusiasm.

I actually started tiny piles of items to bring with me more than a month out. If you know me, I’m the type to pack the evening before or evening the morning of so clearly I couldn’t wait!

What’s really fun about preparing for NFPW conferences is that members are quick with tips. I’ve received plenty in the past few weeks so I thought I’d share a few:

1)     Chicago-area artists have turned old refrigerators into sculptures that now line the city’s popular Michigan Avenue, a.k.a. the Magnificent Mile. Why? For one reason, to help promote local efforts to recycle unneeded refrigerators and freezers. For another reason, Chicago has a history of loving offbeat art projects. For a sneak peek before you get the chance to see the funky fridges, take a look at Time Out Chicago’s Fine Art Fridges photo gallery.

2)       During our time in Chicago there will be 20 historic ships from around the world coming to Navy Pier.  Visitors can view the ships, board them or take short sails (tickets required).  During the 1880s, Chicago was the busiest port in America. To find out more visit

3)      Bring comfortable shoes with you. The Union League Club is located in the heart of what is known as “The Loop” and within walking distance of many of Chicago’s architectural treasures, including Millennium Park and Lake Michigan.

4)      Bring business cards. This is your opportunity to network. If you don’t have business cards, make the small investment to print your own. You will want to share your contact information, I guarantee it. Remember to follow up with those business cards you receive in return. Check for the NFPW group and be sure to add it to your profile.

5)     Ask questions. The NFPW board as well as members of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association will be in attendance.

6)     Don’t wear your badge outside the conference facility. People outside of the conference don’t need to know you’re business.

Most of all, have fun! 

See you in Chicago!

All I Want for the Holidays

I’m making my wish list and checking it twice. It’s a simple list.

1) More Members. I’d like to see our current members recruit more members to NFPW. I’m not interested in reaching some arbitrary goal for membership. I am interested in helping others navigate the communications field. NFPW offers a great annual conference, plenty of networking and a professional communications contest (deadline is rapidly approaching). At the affiliate level there  is more of the same — all designed to enhance your communications skills and experience. So why not recruit a colleague? Membership in NFPW is the gift that gives back year round. To learn more about membership, please visit

2) A trip to Chicago. Illinois Woman’s Press Association is hosting the NFPW conference in Chicago, Aug. 26-28. I’m looking forward to the learning, the networking and the sightseeing. Information about the conference and the pre- and post-tours is available online at You can book your hotel room now, too. I look forward to seeing everyone there!

3) NFPW gear. What better way to let people know what a great organization NFPW is then through logowear. We’ve got a great collection, including polo shirts and vests. Wear it with pride. Go to the NFPW Web site at, click on members only and scroll to the bottom you can shop until you drop.

Happy Holidays!