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Lakes Area Professional Women connects women

The Lakes Area Professional Women (LAPW) is an organization that aims to "connect women personally, professionally and philanthropically."

The organization celebrated its beginnings in June 2009. Prior to that, it was known as the Alexandria Area Business and Professional Women (AABPW). Started in 1944, AABPW celebrated a long history of being an advocate for women.

Through the years, the group has honored the accomplishments of local women through its Young Careerist of the Year and Woman of the Year programs, has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships given to local graduating seniors and organization members and has impacted the community through individual development and mentorship opportunities.

Those efforts will continue, along with some new initiatives, under the new structure of LAPW.

Membership benefits include:

• Monthly networking opportunities with local professional women.

• Skill building and educational opportunities.

• Leadership development opportunities.

• Inclusion in community events including the Dollars for Scholars Style Show.

• Mentoring opportunities.

• Scholarship opportunities.

Membership dues are $75 a year. Applications or more information can be obtained online at or by contacting Jenniffer Rugani, membership chair, at or (320) 763-6677.

Membership meetings are typically held the third Wednesday of each month with networking from 11:30 to noon and the business meeting and program from noon to 1 p.m.


Connecting women personally, professionally and philanthropically.

LAPW Calendar:

November 23

December 28

Membership meeting.

Program: Professional Woman of the Year.

Membership meeting.

Program: Homelessness in Douglas County.

January 25

February 22

Membership meeting.

Program: Speed Networking.

Membership meeting.

Program: Exponential Growth and Our Future.

March 28

April 25

Membership meeting.

Program: Women's History Month.

Membership meeting.

Program: Earth Stewardship Best Practices.

April 26

May 23

Spring Style Show

Membership meeting.

Program: Strength Based Leadership

June 27

Annual meeting.