NAPO History
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The History of NAPO

NAPO’s mission is to be the leading source for organizing and productivity professionals by providing exceptional education, enhancing business connections, advancing industry research, and increasing public relations.

Strategic Planning sessions are conducted yearly to address and focus on initiatives to drive these member benefits and priorities.

1983 - A group working as professional organizers began to meet informally in Los Angeles and decided to give their meetings a name, the Association of Professional Organizers (APO).

1985 - The association formalized by electing officers, who later that year would be named the founding members: Beverly Clower, Stephanie Culp, Ann Gambrell, Maxine Ordesky, and Jeanie Shorr.

1986 - APO changed its name to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO).

NAPO holds their first Annual Conference September 12 in Los Angeles, California. The theme of the conference is “Success Through Organizing.”

1991 - “Get Organized Week” is initiated as an annual event to help individuals, businesses, and schools bring time management, organization, storage solutions, and productivity into their lives.

2005 - January is proclaimed 'Get Organized Month' and a national public awareness campaign about organizing and productivity is developed.

2007 - The NAPO certification program for professional organizers is approved for launch. This Certification program raised the bar for the Professional Organizing industry and the number of Certified Professional Organizers continues to grow.

2013 - Past President Barry Izsak, CPO, establishes the Barry Izsak/Glorya Schklair Scholarship Fund to assist members who are unable to attend the NAPO Annual Conference.

2014 - NAPO launches on-demand education classes. The program continues to grow through NAPO University with a course catalog of 45 on-demand and 150 conference recordings.

'Get Organized Month' officially changes to ‘Get Organized & Be Productive (GO) Month’.

2017 -NAPO approves a new DBA, National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals to include members who focus on productivity. This change aligns with the mission of NAPO to be the leading source for organizing and productivity professionals.


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