The National Association of Professional Women's networking summit kicks off!

Apr 25, 2014, 11:47 ET from National Association of Professional Women

NEW YORK, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 1200 women gathered at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in NYC as a full day of panels and workshops began discussing motivation, entrepreneurship, wellness and style. Star Jones, the NAPW National Spokesperson and Chief Development Officer, energized the crowd in her opening remarks, "This is our year of action. And when we stand together, we stand stronger."

The networking opportunities began Thursday evening with more than 500 VIP members arriving, ready to step out at a fun and chic drinks reception. Ms. Jones recognized the elite group: "You are extraordinary, professional women, leaders in your field and the inspiration behind the NAPW... You have risen above challenge and adversity to become the movers and shakers, entrepreneurs and career focused professional women."

Emme was also in attendance and will be part of the Whole Woman panel later this afternoon. Also today, GMA's Robin Roberts will receive the first ICON award and Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul and star of ABC's Shark Tank will be the keynote speaker.

Building on strategic partnerships and networking with one another is the focus for this summit. As these fantastic females take advantage of career coaching to help them aspire, connect and achieve.

A great group of women from diverse backgrounds who share one thing in common: the desire to mentor and help one another see their goals attained.

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SOURCE National Association of Professional Women