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May 23, 2007 - Professional Organization of Women Pre-Holiday Networking Event

What: Come enjoy cocktails and appetizers while meeting new people to network with for professional business needs in the St. Louis community.

Where: The Pepper Lounge

When: May 23, 2007

Time: 5:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $10.00 per person in advance; $15.00 per person at the door.

Beneficiary: Professional Organization of Women

President(s): Cynthia Watson

Attire: Business Attire

Information: Cynthia Watson 314-630-2830

Board of Directors: Dr. Shanti Parikh, Washington University - Board President; Rebeccah Bennett, Vector Communications - Board Vice President; Rolanda Jasper, Citi Mortgage - Board Secretary; Janice Baskin, Pfizer; Michele Holton, Edward Jones; Rolanda Jasper, Citi Mortgage; Chris Strobbe, President Casino and Jan Torrisi-Mokwa - Congruence, Inc.

Blacktie Photos by: Raye Katz

 Fundraising Committee: front: Veronica Harlston, Cevora Nelson, Cynthia Watson, president of  Professional Organization of Women; back: Merri Jeffries, Diane Clines, Brenda Haliburton
Fundraising Committee: front: Veronica Harlston, Cevora Nelson, Cynthia Watson, president of Professional Organization of Women; back: Merri Jeffries, Diane Clines, Brenda Haliburton
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Professional Organization of Women Pre-Holiday Networking Event

On Wednesday, May 23, 2007 The Professional Organization of Women held their Pre-Holiday Networking Event at the Pepper Lounge.

The women gathered to celebrate their 10th Anniversary of the organization.  They enjoyed appetizers and cocktails while interactin with seasoned professionals in a sophisticated atmosphere sparked by engaging networking activities. 

Their organization has grown exponentially from 6 to over 75 members and has become a preeminent force in St. Louis. They benefit their members by providing a venue where African American female professionals can provide support and best practices on succeeding in Corporate America; by providing leadership opportunities which result in transferable management skills that can be appreciated by corporations; by providing specific professional development tools and seminars; and finally by developing a variety of opportunities for their members to give back to a much needed community through volunteerism. The benefits that P.O.W. bring to corporate sponsors are endless and include access to an active group of talented and educated African American women, access to their supporters and constituents that include over 2,000 professionals in the St. Louis region and also includes valuable insight on the needs and wants of a talented group of minorities that could potentially leave the area due to lack of diversity initiatives and cultural understanding on the part of St. Louis based corporations.

The Professional Organization of Women, Inc was born out of concern shared by several young professional African American women. Their concern centered around the lack of focus on diversity by St. Louis based corporations which they felt would directly impact their ability to grow professionally in this region. The founders met at a tea party hosted by an African American female corporate executive who provided insight into her success in Corporate America and St. Louis.

It was during this tea party that the founding members met and realized they shared this concern and that it was up to them to make a change. The Professional Organization of Women was established within 2 months of the women meeting each other and established a mission of "Bridging the Gap between minority professionals and the corporate environment in the St. Louis region". Since 1997 P.O.W. has thrived in making a difference in the corporate and community environments of St. Louis and has a more focused mission of "Empowering African American Women to Learn, Lead & Succeed".

For more information about The Professional Organization of Women, please call Cynthia Watson at 314-630-2830 or visit their website at http://69.94.93.39/drupal/node/1.

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