What does a membership in the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women (NAPMW) do for you? This question is asked so many times to our members and I so often hear the same types of responses. Many members say it provides them the opportunity to network with others in the same industry; however, education is more often the top response. Education is provided at local monthly meetings, at regional meetings and at the National Education Conference each May. Additionally, there are several Webinars offered to our members throughout the month, with topics covering mortgage industry compliance and leadership to give our members an added benefit. So many leaders in our association say that being a member of NAPMW has helped them gain confidence and self-assurance. All of these things together make each one of us a better person, both personally and professionally. It has allowed many members to excel in their careers as leaders of the industry. As I sat down to write this article, I wondered what I could say to convince anyone of the value of being a member of NAPMW. Then the opportunity knocked during a communication with a fellow member. I congratulated Central New York member Jiuseppe Esposito, MML on his recent promotion to Underwriter II at NBT Bank NA. Joe is not only a member of Central New York, serving as a director on the Board, but he has been the Regional Technology Chairperson for the past four years and the National Technology Chairperson for the past two years. Joe replied, “I credit NAPMW in large part with developing the skill set that has allowed my confidence to grow. This has been noted by my management team on many occasions, underscoring the importance they place toward NAPMW in my personal and professional development.” That testimony was so timely. I have had the privilege of watching Joe grow and develop into the person he is today and it has been a true pleasure. NAPMW allows members to obtain education on all levels of the mortgage industry, as well as in professional development. This year, NAPMW launched a series of Webinars geared toward leadership. Regulatory updates are also scheduled for future Webinars. As a total volunteer organization, NAPMW works tremendously hard to be the premier provider of mortgage education for our industry. Be sure to check out the NAPMW Web site (www.napmw.org) for an education event near you. You are sure to find yourself welcome at any local meeting you attend or any Webinar you may join. Come for the education and stay for the friendship. Christine M. Pollard, an operations representative with Investors Title Insurance Company from NAPMW’s Central New York Region, is national president of the association. She may be reached by phone at (607) 226-1046 or e-mail [email protected]. This article orignally appeared in the October 2013 issue of National Mortgage Professional Magazine.