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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Via Phone

    INDIVIDUAL MEMBER EVENT: This event is being hosted by a member of our chapter. The event is not sponsored or formally endorsed by NAPO or NAPO Michigan, but we are happy to let our members advertise their events here. 

    P.O. Fast Track Training

    Professional Organizer Training from 2 Veteran Organizers

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 9:30-11:00 am EST


    Who: This is for the person who is ready to train to become a Professional Organizer, wanting to look into the possibility of becoming one, or has already begun their business but would like more training and would like to be a part of our network.

    What: A self-study of the manual with 3-one hour phone coaching sessions. (Free on-going coaching/mentoring for as long as you need/want it following the training.)

    Note: the conferencing site we use allows for more time, thus we may flex 15-30 min. beyond the hour.

    When: Register/pay deposit or in full, the manual will be mailed, and we’ll decide the phone coaching dates to accommodate your schedule and ours.

    Where: From the comfort of your home!

    Why: This is the ideal overview class that you need before considering other courses. Our training is to explore the profession of organizing, or to launch, or kick start your existing business. We'll help you enter the field of Professional Organizing and link you into our unique referral network.

    How: More information and how to sign up at our website, TheOrganizingSpecialists.com.


    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Via Phone

    INDIVIDUAL MEMBER EVENT: This event is being hosted by a member of our chapter. The event is not sponsored or formally endorsed by NAPO or NAPO Michigan, but we are happy to let our members advertise their events here. 

    P.O. Fast Track Training

    Professional Organizer Training from 2 Veteran Organizers

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 1:00-2:30pm EST


    Who: This is for the person who is ready to train to become a Professional Organizer, wanting to look into the possibility of becoming one, or has already begun their business but would like more training and would like to be a part of our network.

    What: A self-study of the manual with 3-one hour phone coaching sessions. (Free on-going coaching/mentoring for as long as you need/want it following the training.)

    Note: the conferencing site we use allows for more time, thus we may flex 15-30 min. beyond the hour.

    When: Register/pay deposit or in full, the manual will be mailed, and we’ll decide the phone coaching dates to accommodate your schedule and ours.

    Where: From the comfort of your home!

    Why: This is the ideal overview class that you need before considering other courses. Our training is to explore the profession of organizing, or to launch, or kick start your existing business. We'll help you enter the field of Professional Organizing and link you into our unique referral network.

    How: More information and how to sign up at our website, TheOrganizingSpecialists.com.


    • Thursday, February 15, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 21100 Haggerty Road, Northville Township, MI 48167

    Bringing Meditation and Mindfulness into Organizing and Productivity: Strategies for Self-Care and Work with Clients

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    Meditation and mindfulness may be trendy, but how do they apply our everyday work with clients?

    In this no-nonsense, no-jargon, non-religious session, we’ll

    • play with some mindfulness and meditation techniques,
    • analyze the benefits of these practices, and
    • identify potential pitfalls to avoid.

    We’ll discuss how you might already help your clients achieve a more mindful life, and brainstorm straightforward ways to integrate mindfulness / meditation into your self-care and work.


    Session Objectives:
    After attending this session, participants should be able to
    1) Compare and contrast meditation and mindfulness.
    2) Discuss how and why mindfulness and meditation techniques can improve focus and productivity.
    3) Describe how work with clients can be a mindfulness practice.
    4) Select a meditation or mindfulness practice to explore further, whether for self-care or work with clients.

    Get a sneak peek at this NAPO Retreat 2018 breakout session!

    About the Presenter


    Trained in archaeology (the art of interpreting broken buildings and 2000-year old clutter), former professor Melanie Sobocinski of Prof Organizer LLC has been a productivity coach for academics since 2012. She lectures on time management and writing strategies, and works individually with faculty and graduate students who want to find their desks and get more published. Melanie first got interested in the literature of productivity during graduate school, when she realized that she didn’t have a clue about how to write a dissertation, and that a lot of the advice for aspiring scholars didn’t work very well. Melanie recently earned her Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation, and spoke on organizing academics at the NAPO 2017 conference in Pittsburgh. Melanie started meditating regularly in 2007, although she has been fascinated with the idea since graduate school. Today, meditation and mindfulness are the foundation of her daily self-care routines.

    Meeting Cost

    Regular Chapter meetings are a benefit of membership for Option 1 Members and Corporate Associate Members.
    Guests and Option 2 Members pay $20 at the door. Ask for the Treasurer when you arrive.
    Click here for more information about joining our NAPO-Michigan Chapter.

    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 21100 Haggerty Road, Northville Township, MI 48167

    Swedish Death Cleaning in the Digital Age




    Margareta Magnusson's newly published book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter, is generating a lot of buzz about organizing as an estate planning activity.

    Attorney Kathy Svoboda will be giving us the rundown on the other estate planning activities that we and our clients need to do to prepare for the inevitable. She'll be answering common (and uncommon) questions, like:

    What is the most frequent consequence for families/couples due to lack of estate planning? What is the difference between an estate plan and a will?

    Who controls social media accounts after a family member dies? What are digital assets?  Who owns them?  What happens to these assets upon death?  Can an agent under a DPOA or a Fiduciary otherwise designated obtain access to these assets?  What is a digital custodian?

    Send your questions on the topic to Jane Hale ( jane at jhorganizing.com ), who will forward them to our speaker. Bonus points if you read Magnusson's book ahead of our meeting. :-)

    About the Presenter


    Through her personal and professional experience, Kathleen Svoboda has developed an empathic approach to important life issues faced by clients which she calls Family Planning. Whether we are aging adults, children of aging parents, or parents with young children, Family Planning means preparing for incidents in life that we don’t like to think or talk about. This specialization includes all aspects of estate planning, will and trust preparation. 

    A graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Kathleen earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan. She has studied applied ethics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. Having lived in multiple countries and communities, Ms. Svoboda is sensitive to cultural traditions of her clients and concerned about their wellbeing no matter what the background. 

    Valuing professional development, Ms. Svoboda continuously seeks the most current information and trends in the law that can be used to benefit her clients. She has participated in numerous conferences and seminars throughout her career and embraces opportunities for continued education and updates in the firm's practice areas. 

    Community service commitments are also very important as reflected in her role as a member of the Board of Directors for Assured Family Services, and former service to the Board of Directors of Vista Maria, both of which are not for profit organizations serving families and children in Southeastern Michigan. 

    Professional associations include the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Irish American Lawyers Association, and The Catholic Lawyers Association. Ms. Svoboda is licensed to practice in Michigan Courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. 

    Meeting Cost

    Regular Chapter meetings are a benefit of membership for Option 1 Members and Corporate Associate Members.
    Guests and Option 2 Members pay $20 at the door. Ask for the Treasurer when you arrive.
    Click here for more information about joining our NAPO-Michigan Chapter.

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 21100 Haggerty Road, Northville Township, MI 48167

    Upcoming Chapter Meeting - TBA

    Plans for our Upcoming Chapter Meeting are in the works!  Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details as they become available.


    Meeting Cost

    Regular Chapter meetings are a benefit of membership for Option 1 Members and Corporate Associate Members.
    Guests and Option 2 Members pay $20 at the door. Ask for the Treasurer when you arrive.
    Click here for more information about joining our NAPO-Michigan Chapter.

    • Friday, April 27, 2018
    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • Q Center, Chicago, Illinois

    NAPO 2018 Retreat

    NAPO 2018 Retreat bannerThis is it!  NAPO National's annual conference!  The biggest professional development and networking event in our industry!

    We won the last-ever Chapter Challenge at NAPO2017 in Pittsburgh! Who will be proclaimed Chapter of the Year in 2018? Stay tuned...


    NAPO is thrilled to announce a new conference experience for 2018! You are invited to join us at the NAPO2018 Retreat just outside of Chicago, Illinois for three days of educational opportunities and extensive networking time. Your conference registration and accommodation fees include three meals a day, group activities, networking events, and an invitation to the President's Reception.

    Our own Melanie Sobocinski will be speaking again!

    Early bird registration is available through March 11, 2018. 
    More information and pricing:

    http://www.napo.net/page/NAPO2018Retreat



    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 21100 Haggerty Road, Northville Township, MI 48167

    June Chapter Meeting -
    Dealing with Sticky Situations


    Being in the service industry we are generous and compassionate people. This sometimes opens us up to vulnerable situations. Have you found yourself in a sticky situation and wondered how in the world you got there? Or wondered how in the world are you going to get out of it?

    Join Susan Hunsberger as our moderator for a round table discussion.  Listen to a few of our NAPO chapter members share their sticky situations and learn how they navigated through them. 

    Oh, the stories we will tell!

    Please note that for a round table discussion to be a success everyone must come without judgment and with respect for their peers. This is a forum in which ~ for the richest outcomes ~ we should feel free to be open and vulnerable. Tremendous learning can take place when we do this and become receptive to new ideas! As a reminder, we have all pledged to honor and uphold the NAPO Code of Ethics.

    If you have a sticky situation to share please email Susan Hunsberger by June 10th.

    Our Moderator

    Our very own Susan Hunsberger.

    Meeting Cost

    Regular Chapter meetings are a benefit of membership for Option 1 Members and Corporate Associate Members.
    Guests and Option 2 Members pay $20 at the door. Ask for the Treasurer when you arrive.
    Click here for more information about joining our NAPO-Michigan Chapter.

PAST EVENTS

Thursday, January 18, 2018 January Chapter Meeting- The Pair that Dared
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 P.O. Fast Track Training
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 NAPO-SFBA Webinar: Virtual Organizing
Monday, January 08, 2018 Get Organized: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies
Thursday, December 21, 2017 December Chapter Meeting - Ask the Golden Circle
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 P.O. Fast Track Training
Thursday, November 16, 2017 November Chapter Meeting- Team Organizing
Thursday, October 19, 2017 Lisa Montanaro's Kick~Butt Business Boot Camp
Thursday, September 21, 2017 September Chapter Meeting- Emergency Kits
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 P.O. Fast Track Training
Thursday, August 17, 2017 August Chapter Meeting: Evernote
Thursday, July 20, 2017 July ~ Summer Break ~ No Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 2017 June Chapter Meeting - Sticky Situations
Thursday, May 18, 2017 May Chapter Meeting & Annual Luncheon
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 NAPO2017: Annual Conference & Organizing Expo
Thursday, April 20, 2017 April Chapter Meeting - Organizing for Dementia
Thursday, March 16, 2017 March Chapter Meeting - Michigan Recycling Coalition
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 P.O. Fast Track Training
Friday, February 24, 2017 P.O. Fast Track Training
Thursday, February 16, 2017 February Chapter Meeting- Organizing the Absent Minded Professor
Thursday, January 19, 2017 January Chapter Meeting- The Impact of Global Trends on Your Business
Thursday, December 15, 2016 December Chapter Meeting- Branding
Thursday, November 17, 2016 November Chapter Meeting - Better Speaking
Thursday, October 20, 2016 October Chapter Meeting - Selling on eBay
Saturday, September 24, 2016 Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, September 15, 2016 September Chapter Meeting - Tools to Manage Your Business
Thursday, August 18, 2016 August Chapter Meeting - Cultivating Business Through Service
Thursday, July 21, 2016 July ~ Summer Break ~ No Meeting
Wednesday, July 06, 2016 P.O. Fast Track Training
Thursday, June 16, 2016 June Chapter Meeting - Digital Home Management
Thursday, May 26, 2016 May Chapter Meeting + Annual Luncheon!
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 NAPO2016: Annual Conference & Organizing Expo
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 P.O. Fast Track Training
Saturday, April 30, 2016 SCRUM Training
Thursday, April 21, 2016 April Chapter Meeting - Polishing Your Web Presence
Thursday, March 17, 2016 March Chapter Meeting - Marie Kondo Book Discussion
Thursday, February 18, 2016 February Chapter Meeting ~ SPECIAL PRESENTATION!
Thursday, January 21, 2016 January Chapter Meeting
Thursday, January 14, 2016 "Ask the Organizer" Teleseminar, hosted by NAPO National
Thursday, December 17, 2015 December Chapter Meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2015 November Chapter Meeting
Thursday, October 15, 2015 October Chapter Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2015 September Chapter Meeting
Thursday, August 20, 2015 August Chapter Meeting
Thursday, July 16, 2015 July ~ Summer Break ~ No Meeting
Thursday, June 18, 2015 June Chapter Meeting
Saturday, June 06, 2015 Training to Become a Professional Organizer
Thursday, May 21, 2015 Annual Chapter Luncheon
Saturday, April 18, 2015 Training to Become a Professional Organizer
Thursday, April 16, 2015 April Chapter Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 NAPO2015: Annual Conference & Organizing Expo
Friday, April 10, 2015 KADIMA Volunteer Work Day
Thursday, March 19, 2015 March Chapter Meeting
Thursday, February 19, 2015 February Chapter Meeting
Thursday, January 15, 2015 January Chapter Meeting

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