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2023 Winter Social

Our 2023 Winter Social was a success! We welcomed new and veteran members to a night of of food, fun, and fellowship at The Barn at Old Forge Crossing in Devon, PA. The memorable evening included a gift swap game in addition to all the festivities.

Special thanks go out to Board members Amy Cha and Alexis Miller for purchasing and preparing the food for the evening, as well as Board member Amanda Gillies and former Board member Naomi Cook for securing and decorating the beautiful venue.

We wish you all Happy Holidays and healthy and productive New Year!

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2023 Summer Social

Hi, GPC family! Our Summer Social will be Thurs., July 20, at the pavilion at Hill House at Chestnut Hill. (201 W Evergreen Ave, Philadelphia, PA).

Our Social, which will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m., is a potluck that is exclusively for GPC members. The Board will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs, and we have attached a Google Sheet so that you can share what you would like to bring (so we don’t have 19 potato salads, for example).

Here is the Google Sheets link.

Please email if you have any questions. Also, please sign up at your earliest convenience -simply by adding your name to the Google Sheet with your item of choice – so we know how many we can expect for a night of fun for everyone – and so you can get first crack at what you’d like to bring!

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you July 20!

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Digital Planning Workshop with Kate Hufnagel

NAPO Greater Philadelphia Chapter is excited to invite you to a special half-day workshop titled, “Organizing Your Personal and Business Affairs in Today’s High-Tech World,” led by facilitator and speaker Kate Hufnagel, The Digital Wrangler.

Today’s high-tech world means more deliberate effort is needed to organize our affairs than previous generations. And having our affairs in order today means a lot more than having a will.

These days, our lives are almost entirely reliant on technology. From banking online and binge watching our favorite series to driving electric cars and following the latest TikTok trends, our world today is a digital one. And as business owners, our businesses wouldn’t flourish without technology. We rely on it to host our websites, communicate with clients, track our financials and so much more.

In this half-day workshop, you’ll not only learn why it’s imperative to consider getting your affairs organized — and how technology is making it more challenging — but also what additional considerations business owners need to take into account. You’ll also go through a couple of activities so you can designate individual(s) to be granted legal access to some of your digital accounts when you’re not able or available. Be sure to bring your phone and/or laptop!

After attending Kate’s workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the complexities associated with modern-day estates
  • Learn how the law treats digital assets when someone passes – from important documents and websites to email and social media accounts
  • Understand which digital platforms have settings to make it easy to legally designate a loved one to access your account when you’re not able
  • Recognize the additional considerations business owners need to take into account when it comes to the inevitable
  • Identify a list of to-do’s to ensure their business is handled how they want it to be when the Good Humor truck comes for them

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 26, at 8:30 AM EDT and runs until noon. Sign-in runs from 8 to 8:30 a.m., and light refreshments will be served. The event is $20 for NAPO Greater Philadelphia Chapter members or $40 for the general public.  Register online here.

For more information about the event, contact the chapter’s Professional Development Director, Tom Harper, at .

About the Facilitator

Kate Hufnagel is an estate and digital organizer who is on a mission to make it fun and hip to talk about getting affairs in order. She educates individuals and families on what makes up modern-day estates, how technology is a complexity multiplier and how laws and privacy policies — which we love when we’re alive — work against us when we’re not.

For 25 years, Kate guided and led teams who built big data and cutting-edge software solutions for the military, developed information technology solutions for the intelligence community and designed early data analytics solutions to predict part failures for tractors.

Today, as The Digital Wrangler, Kate applies all her high-tech know-how to helping people leave behind their greatest legacy: a well-organized estate.

Author: Gabrielle Watters-Smith

NAPO National Conference

The NAPO® Annual Conference & Organizing Expo™ is the best opportunity for Organizing and Productivity Professionals to immerse themselves in NAPO education and culture. Whether you are a newcomer to the profession or have years of experience, the Annual Conference has something worthwhile for you. Attendees can customize their conference experience by choosing from dozens of informative breakout sessions. You’ll have the opportunity to connect, learn, and share experiences with colleagues from around the world.

The Organizing Expo features the latest organizing products and related services. The Expo provides access to company representatives from a wide range of manufacturers, retailers, and industry service providers.

The Conference is held every spring in locations throughout the United States. Recent conferences have taken place in Los Angeles, Phoenix, New Orleans, Baltimore, San Diego, and Columbus.

See our list of NAPO Affiliate Partners for their conference information.

More Details: https://www.napo.net/#

Author: Gabrielle Watters-Smith

2015 PROJECT THANKS – NAPO-GPC HONORS A LOCAL MILITARY FAMILY

Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) Jen Bowen, Sue Frost, Karen Jessee, and Carla Shipman and NAPO National member Pat DePalma joined forces for the 3rd annual “Project Thanks” one day make-over. The recipient family was selected from a lottery-style drawing which was open to all military service men and women, including veterans, at Dover Air Force Base last summer. The recipients, Technical Sergeant Jason Wicklund and his wife Valerie, received their home make-over on November 13, 2015.

With Jason home on leave and Valerie squeezing us in between attending classes for her Master’s degree and caring for their four beautiful children, we sat down to carefully craft a personalized plan. Next, it was carried out like a military operation – if we do say so ourselves. The boys room was organized to meet their growing needs. Valerie’s master closet was purged and sorted. Their daughter’s room and closet was organized to suit her needs (and the very feminine preferences of the only girl). Lastly, the children’s craft area was sorted to simplify putting things away, and to keep track of inventory at a glance. The organizers enjoyed every moment of this opportunity to help the Wicklunds and honor our military community. It may be a small gesture, but NAPO-GPC’s work with our military community is always done with heartfelt appreciation.

Author: Gabrielle Watters-Smith

PHILLY HOME SHOW

NAPO-GPC members Carla Shipman, Yasmin Goodman, Debbie Lillard, Darla DeMorrow and Annette Reyman were speakers at the 2016 Philly Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our members shared with the audience their expert knowledge on various organizing topics