Call For Nominations

It’s Founders’ Award Nomination Time!

If you think the Oscars are the only awards getting a buzz in February, you’re missing out on something!  Nominations are being accepted right now for  NAPO’s most prestigious accolade, the Founders’ Award.  In case you’re not familiar with how Founders’ Award nominations work, the Awards & Recognition Committee wants you to have the exclusive scoop on the process.    

You have probably heard or read this description:

In the spirit of NAPO’s founders, The Founders’ Award is presented to a NAPO member, or a group of NAPO members acting in concert, for outstanding contributions to the organizing and productivity industry and for helping move the organizing and productivity profession forward.

Each year, NAPO honors  many of its extraordinary members for service and achievement, but the Founders’ Award stands apart, highlighting nominees who have gone that extra mile in the productivity and organizing  profession. Examples of worthy achievements might include innovating new ideas, systems or solutions; demonstrating outstanding leadership and inspiration to others; or creatively streamlining processes to help organizers, productivity professionals, and consumers.

On behalf of the Awards & Recognition Committee I encourage all of you, NAPO friends, to nominate one (or a group) of our outstanding colleagues for this year’s award. Need some inspiration? Check out what these previous winners had to say about what winning the award meant to them:

“Being recognized with NAPO’s Founders’ Award was, for me, an elixir of respect and affection — an extraordinary experience of being seen and appreciated for who I am and how I contribute.  Years later, I am sustained by the memory of receiving that award.” – Denslow Brown, Founders’ Award 2009

“Receiving the Founders Award is a truly wonderful experience, not only because it affirms that your work benefits your profession, but also because you are chosen by your peers to receive the award. If we were somehow recognized by the public that would be lovely, but being recognized by your colleagues who have the same challenges you do, and who know the nuts and bolts of the business, is particularly humbling and gratifying.” – Monica Ricci, Founders’ Award 2008

“Though I received the Founders’ Award twenty years ago, it still has great meaning to me. It honored me for the contributions I made in the past and inspires me to continue to advance our profession.”Judith Kolberg, Founders’ Award 1996

Since the Founders’ Award represents the highest honor in NAPO, the requirements are detailed and specific. Check the following link to see the eligibility guidelines, and follow the instructions carefully to complete a nomination form:  http://point.napo.net/new-item31/awards/foundersaward1

Please contact me if you have any questions, and don’t wait…the nomination deadline is Monday, February 27, 2016, 5:00 P.M. EST.

Stay tuned to to view the 2017  ballot, and be sure to join us at NAPO2017 in Pittsburgh (or check out NAPO social media) to meet  the winners of all the awards this year!

Sara Skillen, CPO®, SkillSet Organizing

Awards & Recognition Committee Chair

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Are You Feeling the Love Yet?

Ah, February, the month of love.  This month has been focused on all of the things to LOVE about the organizing and productivity profession and about being a member of NAPO.  Here are the top 5 reasons to feel the NAPO love:

#5.  Professional Development Opportunities!   NAPO Members love professional development, gaining new skills and earning credentials. Denise MacMurtrie from the Greater Philadelphia Chapter was eager to share her thoughts on the new Specialist Certificates:  “As a new organizer, the most substantial step I’ve taken thus far (besides joining NAPO) was completing the coursework for the Specialist Certificate programs. The courses are excellent–so foundational to the profession.  They gave me concrete tools and a deeper understanding of how to better serve my clients.  I grew in both knowledge and confidence with each course.  Thank you, NAPO University, for providing a focused path to support my own growth and my emerging business.”

#4. Research-based Educational Offerings!   In December, NAPO offered members an outstanding webinar on “Organizing for Health: Help Baby Boomers Manage Health Information at a Pivotal Age.”  This webinar elicited great responses from those who attended with interesting observations and reviews.  The overwhelming response was that the session gave NAPO members insights, validation and resources to assist in their day to day dealings with this unique population.  NAPO offers a variety of free learning opportunities as part of the Acceleration Learning Series. Watch for a detailed accounting of the Baby Boomer Webinar next month.

#3.  NAPOCares!  The NAPOCares Committee is NAPO’s social responsibility arm, providing members with opportunities and ideas about how to use their specific skill sets to benefit communities and organizations.  What better way to reach the public than by engaging in service projects that benefit your community?  Beginning in September 2016, NAPOCares issued a challenge to all members to utilize their organizing and productivity skills to help local organizations to benefit the greater good.  This challenge was just the first of many altruistic initiatives this committee is taking.  Stay tuned for more information about NAPOCares at NAPO2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.
#2.  NAPO2017!  NAPO2017 Conference! Conference is THE EVENT OF THE YEAR! It is an extraordinary convergence of people and ideas. The NAPO Annual Conference offers opportunities found nowhere else – attendees’ network, share experiences, and grow; they learn from leaders in the Productivity and Organizing industry as well as from professionals who assist with business infrastructure and growth, technology, human behavior, and more.  They collaborate with our corporate partners and are exposed to the latest trends and products in the field. Without a doubt conference is the best way to connect with friends and colleagues who share the same passion and ideal.  Not registered yet?  Register TODAY!

#1.Membership!  In what other industry can you can you find so many varied service providers and professionals with different skill sets?  From residential organizers to productivity consultants to relocations specialists, coaches, financial organizers, and more – NAPO professionals are qualified to help individuals, families, organizations, and businesses become more productive and better organized!  NAPO members are passionate about helping their clients become their best selves and investing in continuing education and professional development to do so.  Being a NAPO member means you belong to the professional association known for establishing industry standards that reflect best practices and high ethical standards.  Not a member yet?  Join us for the upcoming Public Webinar, “Learn the Magic of Running a Successful Professional Organizer or Productivity Business.” Find out why joining NAPO should be at the top of your to do list.

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Need help getting organized? Visit NAPO's Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultants Directory to search for professional organizers or productivity consultants in your area.