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NAFE News and Notes

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:09 AM
    Message # 4264936


    no. 337 - September 15, 2016



    Announcements and Opportunities

    Workshop: Changing Your Career Path. The University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women will present a two-part program, Positioning Yourself For A Career Change, on October 25 & November 1. Participants will explore a full trajectory from the initial "I want to make a change" through identifying potential paths and on to the tangible pieces of applying for positions. Click here to register.

    Mentoring & Small Businesses. A webinar on Wednesday, October 12 will address the new SBA mentor-protégé program. The webinar, hosted by WIPP, will discuss the new rules to help you understand what is involved in putting a mentor-protégé agreement in place and getting it approved by the SBA.

    Travel Discount. The Women’s Travel Group is offering a $50 discount for NAFE members on any of its upcoming tours. Consider Thanksgiving on the Italian Amalfi coast, New Year’s Eve in Morocco, or a sunny winter getaway to Mexico and the Yucatan. Use the code NAFE092016. Good until March 30 2017. Note: Phyllis Stoller, the company’s founder, wrote this issue’s 5 Tips article.




    Network News

    Robbie Motter, NAFE Global Coordinator, has announced the date of next year’s West Coast conference. It will be Saturday, April 15 – location to be announced. Speakers already lined up are Michelle Patterson, President of the Global Women Foundation; Althea Ledford, publisher of E the Magazine for Women; and Dr. Barbara Young, who hosts a dynamic women's TV show. For more information, contact Robbie at


    Frances Simpson, Community Service Chair of The Greater Washington Women’s Network (GWWN), attended the Girl Scouts’ Celebration of the Gold Award Centennial in Washington, D.C. this summer. For 100 years, the Girl Scouts have made meaningful, sustainable changes in their communities and beyond. Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, representative of Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia were among the speakers. Pictured with Frances (right) is Yolanda Beverly, (left), a GWWN guest.


    Member News

    Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present, will be signing books and presenting two workshops in Florida in October. Look for her in Orlando on October 8 and Cassadaga on October 9. To view all of her speaking engagements, click here.


    Five Tips

    Five Tips for the Solo Female Traveler
    By Phyllis Stoller,
    Founder of The Women’s Travel Group

    The Women's Travel Group is an award-winning small group tour operator for women, and many women come as part of their first solo trip. NAFE member Phyllis Stoller, who founded the organization, has received many honors in women's travel, including Top in Women's Travel from Travel + Leisure magazine and One of the Most Influential Women in Group Travel.

    The group uses professional guides who respect women and their needs, and tours often include unusual yet significant sightseeing recommended by locals. Here are Phyllis’ tips for first-time solo vacationers – but even seasoned travelers will find a new idea or two.


    Do at least a little reading so you actually know where you are going, even if it’s just a Wikipedia whisk-through. Save some of the information in your Kindle or other device. Possible sources are Wikipedia, Frommers, Fodors, and Lonely Planet. Did you know you can borrow guidebooks from the library, then save chapters in your phone?



    Have $50-100 in single US dollar bills to use before you have local currency. Going to the bank at the destination airport is dangerous. You will be exhausted, you might leave something behind, you need to keep one eye on luggage and one on your money.



    Pay your telephone company for an overseas package. AT&T is about $30. Even if you do not use it, you have some kind of emotional connection.



    Talk to hotel staff about your individual needs, off to the side if possible. I just came back from Paris. The hotel graciously gave more in-room coffee, swapped the pillows for softer ones, dropped off extra shampoo. Making a list for the housekeeping and giving it to the Front Desk might sound pesty, but it works if delivered with a smile.



    Pack no less than 10 extra zip lock bags, gallon size. You will find small items fast and you will not panic, which is easy on a first trip. Use them for wet, dirty or broken items. Include a list of easy to lose things like adaptors left in the wall, safe contents, shower area products.

    Phyllis Stoller can be contacted at or 646 309 5607. You can learn more about The Women’s Travel Group and its upcoming tours here.



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    Upcoming Events

    For a complete list of events, click here to see our online Calendar.

    Indianapolis, IN
    October 29, 2016
    Join WIN, NAFE’s local network in Indianapolis, for a Leadership Conference for Women on Saturday, October 29 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Location is the Army National Guard Armory. Topics will include Financial Success, CPEs for Certification, Motivation, Networking Strategies, Realty, Veterans Info and Empowerment. For more information, contact network director Mary Aurtrey: 317-894-9421, 317-212-0887.

    New York, NY
    December 9, 2016
    Plan to attend the annual NAFE Women of Excellence Awards Breakfast in New York City to honor our winners and learn from their inspiring stories. Attendees will include more than 200 corporate business executives, influential community leaders, business women and entrepreneurs. Click here for event details and registration.

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