FAQ

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What is the principal purpose of the GPWA?
The principle purpose of GPWA is to provide a forum for German-speaking professional women: – To assist and support one another professionally for career, education and business development – To provide opportunities to network and develop business and social relationships – To encourage exposure to the German culture and language – To understand and help one another in cross-cultural aspects.

How much does it cost to become a member?
The annual membership dues are $55.00.

Does the GPWA have a mission statement?
Yes, it does. The GPWA is an organization dedicated to serving the business and cultural interests of German-speaking women in the United States. The Association promotes business networking, the development of ideas and the exchange of information among German-speaking professional women.

Where is the GPWA located?
The GPWA’s monthly meeting place is Marriott Hotel Southfield, 27033 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034, Tel. 248-356-7400 (Website) Postal address for the GPWA: GPWA, Inc. P.O. Box 476, Lake Orion, MI 48361-0476

What is included with my membership dues?
Your membership provides you with a monthly newsletter, invitations to monthly meetings for social gatherings and professional presentations, the opportunity to advertise your services or products on our website and at events, invitations to other events by international organizations, information about job openings and plenty of networking opportunities.

How can I contact the GPWA?
You can contact us by e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required or regular mail: GPWA, Inc. P.O. Box 476, Lake Orion, MI 48361-0476

How can I become a member in the GPWA?
New members are welcome. The two main requirements are a good command of the German language and engagement in professional endeavor or involvement in volunteer work. If this applies to you and you are interested in membership, please contact the GPWA by email: email hidden; JavaScript is required or regular mail: GPWA, Inc. P.O. Box 476, Lake Orion, MI 48361-0476.

Can I advertise events via the GPWA?
Yes, members can advertise events on our website, at meetings and by email.

How do I advertise services via the GPWA?
The opportunity to advertise your services on our website is a membership perk and included in your yearly dues. You can also display fliers and brochures at our meetings and special events.

When was the GPWA established?
The GPWA started as an idea to bring German-speaking professional women together in a social setting. The original name of this organization was “Der Deutsche Professional Stammtisch”. Due to its rapidly growing popularity and the increasing number of participants, Christina Griesser decided in 2002 to officially register the organization. The name, GPWA – German Professional Women’s Association, was chosen by the members during one of the many brainstorming session that lead to the formation of the GPWA.

Who founded the GPWA?
Christina Griesser started the original German Professional Stammtisch in 1997. The GPWA was incorporated as an official organization in July 2002.

Will my personal information be confidential?
We will ensure to the best of our ability that your information does not become available to any outside source without your permission. Your information is kept confidential and is only used to contact you within our association. If you have any questions or concerns in this regard, please contact Christina Griesser at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Do you have to be German to be a member in the GPWA?
No, the German nationality is not a requirement for membership; however, the basic command of the German language is essential.

Can I bring friends/acquaintances to the meetings?
Guests are welcome to attend one meeting before deciding to obtain membership.

Are tip/taxes included in the dinner price?
The tip and tax are included in the dinner price at the Marriott.

What happens at the monthly membership meetings?
The meetings provide an opportunity for networking and social interacting. Meetings start at 6:00 pm and usually end around 10 pm. A dinner buffet is available around 7:00 pm. At most meetings, a speaker will present a topic of general interest.

Can I attend a meeting as a guest/member without registering for it?
Guests as well as members are required to confirm their attendance by email (email hidden; JavaScript is required) (guests at least 2 days before the scheduled meeting).

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