Monthly meetings of the Washington, DC Metro Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers are designed to share organizing knowledge and resources among members, as well as offer an opportunity to network. Programs are varied to appeal to both seasoned and novice organizers.

The meetings are usually held the first Monday night of the month unless that date is a secular or religious holiday. The meetings may be rescheduled if national or local chapter events conflict with our regular schedule. In the event of inclement weather, we follow Montgomery or Arlington County snow policy. Listen to the radio or TV for school closings.

Meetings begin at 6:30 pm with registration, networking and an “Ask the Expert” session. “Ask the Expert” is an informal gathering of new organizers who receive free advice on owning an organizing business from members of the Golden Circle, a prestigious designation within NAPO for experienced organizers. The evening begins with a chapter business meeting at 7:00 p.m. An educational program begins at 7:30 p.m. and focuses on organizing practices and/or business topics, and there is time for networking from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The NAPO-WDC Chapter does not meet in July or August.

There are many opportunities for chapter members to gather, such as Book Clubs and NAPO Neighborhood meetings. For more information go to the members-only section.



  • Free for chapter members
  • $25 per meeting for non-members – EXCEPT the September 11th, 2017 kick-off meeting, which is free for the general public!


  • Business attire is appreciated
  • Advance registration for chapter meetings not required
  • Topics are subject to change

2017-2018: Next Chapter Meeting

Monday, September 11, 2017

Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, Spring Room
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Parking Information:
Parking Instructions for Silver Spring Meetings
Town Square Garage
Wayne Avenue Garage

The Joy of Organizing
with C. Lee Cawley

The Fall Kick Off Meeting of NAPO-WDC will be held on September 11, 2017.  We invite all organizers in the area to be our guests.  We all invite all partners of organizers to be our guests. We anticipate a large group, so it will be great for networking.  Refreshments and door prizes! RSVP by 5pm, September 6, 2017 to

You will learn all about the profession of organizing, the benefits of NAPO, and some advanced organizing strategies for our seasoned members.  

Our presenter, C.Lee Cawley, is a Certified Professional Organizer®. Since 2003, Simplify You, Inc® has been a respected, renowned, award-winning residential organizing firm in Arlington,Virginia.

C.Lee and her expert team want to create serene spaces and to help your home become a haven. The hands-on organizing they do varies from “move-in perfection” to streamlining home systems, which provide her happy clients with more time and peace of mind.  C.Lee also reviews plans for new or renovated homes, making sure the planned space functions and fits the family ideally.

She is an active volunteer locally.  She was a founding board member of the Mothers of North Arlington (MONA), and a founding member of Awesome Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). She was honored to have received the “Best Home Based Business” Award from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.  She is a member of several book clubs, and she especially enjoys the Organizing Book Club (which is just as nerdy as it sounds).

Upcoming Chapter Meetings 2017-18

Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD

  • Sept 11, 2017: The Joy of Organizing with C. Lee Cawley
  • Nov 6, 2017
  • Jan 8, 2018
  • May 7, 2018

Faith Lutheran Church
3313 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, Virginia, 22201

  • October 2, 2017
  • December 4, 2017
  • February 5, 2018
  • March 5, 2018
  • April 2, 2018
  • June 4, 2018 

There will be no meetings in July or August.


Past Chapter Meetings 2016-17

Monday, September 12, 2016

PJ Skidoos
9908 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22030

This meeting will be an Open House! That means that the usual $25 fee for guests is waived. Please join our chapter for an evening of networking as we ring in the new year. There will be appetizers, coffee, and water served, and you are welcome to purchase additional beverages. Please email to let us know if you’ll be in attendance. We look forward to seeing you there!

Boost Your Productivity 
with Gabrielle Fishman
Time – and your attention – are finite. What choices do you make about how to use your time? Are you overwhelmed and stressed? Do you struggle to figure out your priorities and stay on task? Do you look back on the day and wonder what you got done? Are you distracted by email and social media? As professional organizers, we may be expert at organizing, but running a business may tax our resources. 
In Boost Your Productivity, you will:
  • Understand how to make decisions and stop wasting time
  • Discover how to hone your focus to get things done
  • Learn a simple system for staying on top of your tasks
GFishmanGabrielle Fishman of GO-Gabrielle Organizes. An organizing and productivity geek from an early age, Gabrielle fell in love with technology when she discovered mail merge. And then she discovered the internet and designed knowledge management systems for international law firms. Along the way, she’s trained hundreds of people to use technology effectively and stop wasting time.  


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Kena Shriners
9001 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

Words of Wisdom Gained from Experience
with Ellen Epstein, Susan Kousek, and Norman Zalfa

Join us on October 5 to hear from three of NAPO-WDC’s long-time members about what they learned along the way that contributed to the success of their organizing businesses – what worked, what didn’t, and what they wished they had done differently. Bring your questions!

ellen-epsteinEllen Epstein – NAPO and chapter member since 1994, former chapter vice president, started Concierge America, Inc. in 1993.



susankousekSusan Kousek – NAPO and chapter member since 1999, former chapter newsletter editor, former national board member, started Balanced Spaces, LLC in 1999.




Norman Zalfa — NAPO and chapter member since 1994, former chapter treasurer, started Organize Your Estate, Inc. in 1993.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Rock Creek Mansion
5417 W. Cedar Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Speak Up, Stand Out & Get Paid: Using Speaking to Grow Your Business
with Star Bobatoon

Your ability to succeed in business most often comes down to your ability to communicate. Sharing your personal story helps you connect with your audience/client like never before. Learn how to use your stories, experience and expertise to build the credibility and connection needed to grow your business. Whether you are new to the idea of speaking to grow your business or you want to enhance your profitability, this program will give you solid strategies you can use right now.


Star is an award-winning speaker, presentation coach and business strategist. This former actress has over a decade of experience performing on stage, TV, and the big screen. She was also Program Manager for Les Brown’s speaker training program and #1 in training and sales for a national training company.

Using her diverse background, Star helps entrepreneurs create and deliver compelling presentations that allow them to create a deeper connection to their audiences. They walk away informed, inspired and equipped with the practical skills needed to expand their reach and grow their businesses.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Bowl America Fairfax
9699 Fairfax Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22031

Holiday Party — Bowling Fun!
This event is for members only.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Rock Creek Mansion
5417 W. Cedar Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Referrals Made Simple
with Juli Monroe

You know you need to use word of mouth marketing to grow your business. Someone has said that referrals are the best source of business. But how do you get your clients and partners to refer you?

For many of them thinking about referrals is not part of their daily personal or work activity. Because they may not network regularly, they have specific needs to make them the top-notch referral sources you’d like them to be. In this interactive seminar, we will discuss those specific needs and how to address them.

You’ll learn the following:

  • How to educate your network on what “business by referral” means
  • How to provide them with specific triggers to help them generate more referrals for you
  • Educate them on what to look or listen for in their daily activities
  • How to become a referral hub for your network and why this will lead to more referrals for you
  • Be easy to refer and leave your network with the confidence that you will take care of their referrals as well as you took care of them.


With more than nine years of business ownership and sales experience, Juli Monroe is a networking and business coach with 1 to 1 Discovery where she helps small business owners grow their business through effective networking and word of mouth marketing. She also helps them over other hurdles to success through effective time management and sales coaching.

She is excited to have published a book entitled, The Enthusiastic Networker (available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble), which helps readers find and build business relationships to support them forever.

Monday February 6, 2017

Kena Shriners
9001 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

Take Referrals One Step Further
with a panel of Corporate Associate Members

Discuss positive partnerships with CAMs to grow your business.  Learn what our CAMs do and how they interface best with organizers. Did you know that CAMs are a great referral source for you and can grown your business?  This panel will teach how to get the most referrals from our CAM partners.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Rock Creek Mansion
5417 W. Cedar Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Lift, Stretch: Carrying for an Organizer’s Body
with Fabien LeFevre

Organizers do a lot of light lifting, moving, and hauling. Please wear comfortable, casual clothes to this meeting, as Fabien LeFevre will join us to discuss
  • Lifting things appropriately
  • The best way to treat sore or pulled muscles
  • Daily stretching 
  • Daily exercise advice

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kena Shriners
9001 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

Working with Seniors
with Brock Jolly and Heidi Garvis

All too often we go about our professions day-to-day without knowing about services that can support our clients more efficiently in healthcare. In addition, our willingness to help can often over extend our expertise and the time necessary to concentrate on our core business. 

What does a Professional Organizer do vs. an Aging Life Care Professional?  How can we collaborate effectively?

  • What is a Geriatric Care Manager/Aging Life Care Professional?
  • 8 Knowledge Areas
  • How do you know if a client needs an Aging Life Care Professional?
  • When do we refer to a professional organizer?

Heidi Garvis of Caring Considerations is a Certified Senior Advisor® (CSA) and an Aging Life Care™ Professional. She has been working in the senior living and care industry since 2006.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Rock Creek Mansion
5417 W. Cedar Lane
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Creating Customer Love
with Hillary Berman

When small businesses embrace their customers, customers show them the love in return. The result? Unmatched customer satisfaction, loyalty, referrals and growth. This workshop helps you uncover the many opportunities in your business to engage and connect more deeply with your customers.

Hillary Berman is the founder of Popcorn & Ice Cream, a Washington, DC-based marketing consulting firm focused on small businesses and start-ups, the author of Customer, LLC: The Small Business Guide to Customer Engagement & Marketing, and a Google Small Business Advisor.

Hillary brings experience working in and for businesses of varying size to her small business clients. Her work focuses on helping services, product and retail companies build a strong, customer-centric marketing foundation, engage the customers they have and reach the ones they want. She holds an MBA from the University of Maryland and a BS from Syracuse University.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Kena Shriners
9001 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031

Game Night: The Organizer’s Challenge
NOTE: This meeting is for NAPO-WDC members only.