by Amy Vance

NAPO 2018 Conference started off with a bang! This year it was retreat style at the Q Center in a suburb of Chicago called St. Charles, IL. It was so fun to have 9 NAPO Houston members join in on the fun this year. The best part, our own Ellen Delap was NAPO President this past year. Below is a daily recap.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Several NAPO Houston team members, Gayle Goddard, Mary Jo Contello, Liana George, Meredith Brister and Amy Vance,  arrived at the Q Center, except for Ellen Delap, who was already there. Since some were already busy and some didn’t arrive until late, we walked the property to get acquainted with everything. At dinner, many of us talked to new & old colleagues and friends.

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Everyone else on the NAPO Houston chapter team arrived! This included Susan Wade, Karen Baker, and Valerie Thompson.

Today began the big day of learning. Early in the morning some of us went to the leadership forum, some slept in, some hiked and others began to arrive at the center. We met for lunch and all went to see the keynote speaker Jessica Butts talk about personality types. Plus, an awesome bonus upon arriving for the keynote was that we all got swag bags filled with a Time Timer, a Container Store pouch (one of my favorite pouches ever that I use constantly), Meori foldable box and all kinds of other goodies.

As the day winded down and we finished up various classes, we all met in the cafeteria for a Houston group photo! Afterwards, we were supposed to have a bonfire, but it got rained out so it was turned into an indoor bonfire (see photo above). Then many of us stayed up WAY too late chatting.

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Since we were at a “retreat” this year, many of us got up and went to a 6:30 am yoga or belly dancing session. Then it was another full day of conference sessions and learning. Midday was the NAPO annual meeting and awards. Our friends and colleagues in NAPO Dallas / Ft. Worth won chapter of the year!

At night was the president’s reception where we ate, drank, sang and danced the night away. Then a few of us once again, stayed up WAY too late chatting.










Sunday, April 29th, 2018

This was our final day here. Some of us left early while others stayed for the conference sessions and then headed out.

Overall, the conference was another great success full of fellowship, learning, laughter, and FUN!! Will you be attending next year in Dallas / Ft. Worth?



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Amy Vance lives in Houston, TX with her husband Bryan and fur baby, Rothko. She is the owner of Eco Modern Concierge, a Houston-based lifestyle management company that helps with day-to-day tasks that people don’t have time for or just don’t want to do, which include professional organizing and personal assistance. Amy enjoys going to concerts & the theater, reading, volunteering, exploring new things and going on adventures with her husband, Bryan.