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Professional Development Day

  • February 13, 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • George Mason University (Arlington Campus), Room 113, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA 22201


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Professional Development Day

George Mason University, Arlington Campus

Join us on Monday, Feb.13th, 2023 for a professional development day with activities in the morning and afternoon.

This event will be held in person at George Mason University’s Arlington Campus (Mason Square), Room 113, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA 22201.  The building is easily accessible via Metro’s Orange Line (Virginia Square-GMU). There is also parking available at the campus.


10:00 am - Noon: Panel Discussion

Different Organizing Business Models (multi-person businesses, online training, and more)


  • Janet Schiesl, Basic Organization
  • C. Lee Cawley, Simplify You Inc.
  • Andrea Hancock, Dexterous Organizing
  • Anna Novak, Home Transitions

Noon - 1:00 pm: Lunch: Provided by the Chapter

1:00 - 2:06 pm: Screening of "Do I Need This?" documentary film

2:15 - 3:30 pm: Q&A with director Kate Schermerhorn

3:30 - 4:00 pm: Closing comments/reflections, moderated by Jill Katz, Chapter President


  • $25 for NAPO WDC members
  • $35 for guests
  • Paid parking available at GMU Arlington

Kate Schmerhorn is an Emmy-winner director and still photographer. She began her production career as a teenager, working during school holidays as an assistant for her producer father, whose work included the iconic American Express Don’t Leave Home Without It, and the Lee Iacocca Chrysler series. Kate soon went on to work for others, including directors Tamra Davis, Matthew Rolston and Oscar-winner Michael Moore. She later abandoned Hollywood for London, where she focused on photography, and published America's Idea of a Good Time (Dewi Lewis 2001), a photo book looking at America's pursuit of happiness. In 2002, Kate returned to California, to make her directorial debut with KQED co-production Seeking 1906. The hour-long documentary, about best-selling author Simon Winchester, won Kate an Emmy for directing, and a nomination for best historical/cultural feature. It was broadcast nationally on PBS. Kate's second long-form documentary about modern marriage, After Happily Ever After, won the 2012 Council for the Contemporary Family Media Award and was broadcast nationally in 2013. The following year her work won two Telly Awards and was nominated for a Maggie.  Kate's past clients include Apple, GE, Sony, Interscope Records, Monrovia,  Lunares, GreatSchools, UCSF, ITVS, and The Center for Justice and Accountability. Her photographs have appeared in Granta, The Times of London, The Independent, El Mundo, The Los Angeles Times, Oprah Magazine, and have been widely exhibited, including at The Houston Center for Photography, Victoria and Albert's Canon Gallery, Yossi Milo and Fifty One Fine Art, who represent her work. Some of her fine art photographs are also available through Restoration Hardware and PurePhoto. Two of Kate's photographs are currently part of Apple's Shot on Iphone campaign.  Kate is an occasional blogger for the Huffington Post.

Kate, a native New Yorker, has lived and worked in Malibu, Hong Kong, Florence, rural Scotland, and spent seven years in London before settling in San Francisco. Kate has jumped out of airplanes 27 times, and she is equally fearless as a director and photographer. She is the mother of two.

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