Posts Tagged ‘networking’

May 20th Event: Keys to Becoming a Woman of Influence

Topic: Keys to Becoming a Woman of Influence
Speaker: Danielle Workman
May 20th, 2011 at 6:00 pm at the Marriott Hotel in Southfield

About Danielle Workman

Danielle Workman has served as the Membership Manager of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber for 3 ½ years.  Previously, she worked in a variety of roles in the insurance industry including National Director of Private Client Services for the 4th largest insurance broker in the world working with clients including Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, the Walgreen, Gamble, Devos and Manoogian families.

Danielle was born in Detroit and grew up in Michigan.  She graduated valedictorian from Okemos High School, spent 22 months as student in Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall, and attended Michigan State, Michigan and Northwestern Universities.  Danielle lived in Chicago for 12 years before moving back to Michigan in 2002.

Danielle has recently moved to Berkley with her husband Matt, owner of Workman Insurance Agency, children Katrina, also known as Katie, a 13 year old philanthropic fashionista who will save the world but look good while doing it, 10 year old son Jonathan, AKA DJ Jazzy Jack who promises to take care of his mom as soon as he makes it BIG, and 5 year old yellow lab Charlie.

Danielle serves as a solider volunteer at the Salvation Army including leading a troop of Girl Guards – 30 Jr. and Sr. High School girls in a Character Building Program similar to Girl Scouts only we bake 1,500 pies around Thanksgiving instead of selling boxed cookies. J

One fascinating fact that you may not guess from looking at our 5 foot 4 inch speaker is that she played semi-professional basketball for a team sponsored by Bayer Aspirin when she lived in German.  She once took on Magic Johnson with 4 friends in a pick up game in East Lansing but despite being outnumbered, Magic still managed to win the contest.  Danielle is trying to revitalize her career out of retirement by coaching 4-5 graders at the Royal Oak Salvation Army Community Center.

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05 2011

GPWA’s Business Networking Fair – The place to have been!

Fred Hoffman, Christina Griesser, Rica Lade, Beate Turner

On March 22, 2011, the German Professional Women’s Association held a business networking fair at the Marriott Southfield.  Although an ice storm was looming that evening, the turnout was fantastic along with the synergy and enthusiasm amongst our exhibitors and countless guests.

Once you entered the transformed ballroom into a large showroom at the Marriott, you were able to visit over 30 exhibitor displays and discover their products and services.  Many exhibitors had the opportunity to network with each other. Some of our members also discovered what their fellow club members do for a living.

After taking a tour of the showroom, everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner buffet with dessert in an adjoining banquet room of the hotel.  You could hear the interesting table conversations about the networking fair and their personal connections to the GPWA organization and to Germany as you enjoyed the delicious food.



After dinner, we all returned back to the showroom.  Each exhibitor had the opportunity to introduce their company or organization at the podium.  All exhibitors were asked to donate a prize for a drawing.  Before each company introduction, business cards were drawn for the prizes.  We would like to thank our exhibitors, Lufthansa and Warsteiner for their generous drawing donations.  Almost everyone was able to take home a prize and gain a great understanding of the exhibitor’s products and services.


It was a wonderful evening for meeting fellow Germans, German-Americans, and Americans.  The networking fair provided us with a fantastic network opportunity.  Many exhibitors and guests approached our board asking about “next year’s” networking fair. We will continue to keep the German-American community posted on our plans.


Here is a list of our exhibitors that participated in our networking event:  Alliance Française French Institute of Michigan, Anchorville Travel, Aspen Search Group, Atlas Cut Stone, Inc., Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union, CDS International Inc. / University of Michigan, CLOUD Language and Education Services, COWA Inc. Relocation and Partners, Deutsche Schule Metro Detroit, Deutsche Sprachschule Bloomfield, Inc., Ellis Porter PLC—The Immigration Lawyers, First Michigan Bank, GA Kids, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest Michigan Chapter, German American Cultural Center, Gerda Massage, German Professional Women’s Association, German Specialty Imports, Germans in Michigan, Geyerwally Dot Com,  Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany—Fred Hoffmann, Michigan Travels, LLC,  Nordamerikanische Wochen-Post, Right on Track K9 Training LLC, Rita Mueller-Bilingual Therapist (German and English), Sylvia Becker-Hill, Dipl. Verw., MA Phil, PCC, The Austrian Society, The Austrian Ski Club, The International School, Truly a Treasure, and Waterhouse Photography.

We would also like to thank our networking fair committee for organizing this event:  Christina Griesser, Rica Lade and Beate Turner.  Also a thank you to our volunteers for their support and assistance:  Angela Barths, Anke Moellenhoff, Stephanie Nehls and Edith Tockook.

GMPA’s next meeting will take place at the Marriott Southfield on Friday, May 22, 2011.  Our guest speaker will be Danielle Workman of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber and her topic will be:  “Keys to Becoming a Woman of Influence”.

If you would like to find out more information about any of our exhibitors and our organization, please browse our website and click here.

Photos by Andreas Griesser


03 2011

Countdown 4 days left to GPWA Networking Fair

To register as a guest by March 19th, please contact Christina Griesser at (248) 693-9341 or Rica Lade at (248)464-0895 or e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required


03 2011

Was ist Networking? Professionelles Netzwerken oder die Kunst des Gebens und Nehmens

Ein Beitrag von XXXX

Gut funktionierende Gruppen und Verbände, die berufliches Netzwerken zum Ziel haben, fördern gemäß Definition die gegenseitige berufliche Unterstützung unter ihren Mitgliedern.  Das Netzwerken in der German Professional Women’s Association (GPWA) dient primär der gegenseitigen beruflichen Unterstützung. Hin und wieder ergeben sich erfreulicherweise auch richtige Freundschaften beim Netzwerken in unserem Frauenclub.

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