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1-1: Oh, The Places You Can Go!: The Lifecycle of a Professional Organizer
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1-1: Oh, The Places You Can Go!: The Lifecycle of a Professional Organizer                     

Janine Sarna-Jones with Regina Lark, Mindy Godding, Geralin Thomas
Business Growth

At the start of our career as Professional Organizers and/or Productivity Consultants, the thrill that clients are willing to pay for our skills makes us open to working with any client or on any project that comes our way. What happens over time as our business and our skill-sets evolve? In this interactive session, a panel of NAPO members share the evolution of their careers: the vision with which they began, how they started, what they have accomplished, and where they are headed. Panelists share case studies and infographics, and provide attendees with opportunities to set SMART goals for their own career path. This session is for new business owners seeking a framework for longevity in this industry, and seasoned professionals considering new ways to grow their career.

1. Identify myriad pathways to grow as a professional in our industry
2. Integrate past experiences and current skills to creatively sustain professional life
3. Create a blueprint for a viable and growth-oriented business model


Janine Sarna-Jones


Janine Sarna-Jones is the founder and president of Organize Me Inc. and has been helping people get organized at work and at home since 1992. A member of the inaugural class of Certified Personal Organizers® (2007), Janine has helped a broad range of clients, including corporate executives, small business owners, real-estate agents, moms, artists, therapists, and non-profit organizations. She has been a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) since 2001, serving as president of the New York chapter (NAPO-NY) from 2005-2007 and NAPO’s national Board of Directors from 2007-2010. Janine also earned a CD Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and became an Evernote Certified Consultant in 2014. As a member of Parenting Magazine’s Mom Squad, she was regularly featured in the publication from 2004 to 2008. Janine is a graduate of Stanford University. Prior to becoming an organizing and productivity consultant, she was a photographer and photo archivist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.




Regina Lark 

Dr. Regina Lark is the owner of A Clear Path: Professional Organizing for Home, Work, Life.  As a Certified Professional Organizer she specializes in working with people with chronic disorganization, ADHD, and hoarding. She is also a relocation specialist, helping families move or downsize from one home to the next. She has earned her CPO®, CPO-CD®, and is a graduate of the Organizer Coach Foundation Training Program.Regina is a speaker and trainer on issues ranging from hoarding to time management. She is the author of two books: Psychic Debris, Crowded Closets: The Relationship between the Stuff in your Head and What's Under your Bed 3d. ed.(Purple Books, 2017) and, Before the Big O: Professional Organizers Talk about Life Before Organizing (Purple Books, 2014). She is a Board member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, and a member of the National Speakers’ Association. Regina ran for the office of Lt. Governor in California in 1998, and a year later completed her  Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California. For fun, she plays golf and tennis, writes goofy songs about clutter, and sings in a choir. 



Mindy Godding 


 As a leader in the industry, Mindy Godding, CPO®, CPO-CD® has mentored and educated hundreds of organizers across the country. Along with her role as a NAPO instructor, Mindy is a Master Trainer for the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, and Member Director on NAPO’s Board of Directors.   
In 2010, Mindy joined two other expert organizers to form Abundance Organizing. Now, as an A+ Accredited, multi-location business that employs a team of organizing consultants, Mindy and the Abundance Organizing team continue to innovate organizing services based on a collaborative professional model.



Geralin Thomas 


Geralin Thomas has been a NAPO instructor since 2008. In addition, she’s a career coach for professional organizers and productivity consultants, creator of popular business forms for professional organizers and a speaker. She is the author of two books: From Hoarding to Hope: Understanding Those Who Hoard and How to Help Them and Decluttering Your Home: Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets.  
Geralin has appeared on several TV shows related to time management and hoarding including A&E’s Emmy-nominated TV show, Hoarders. Her career path has been filled with twists and turns - - voiceover work, TV and internet commercials for Office Depot, Glade, and Lysol as well as serving as a resource mainstream media journalist.
She attained the distinction of Level V Master Trainer with the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and, in 2013, was awarded by her peers as The Best Chronic Disorganization Expert at the Los Angeles Organizing Awards. She is a Past President of NAPO – North Carolina.
Metropolitan Organizing uses independent contractors for residential decluttering while Geralin focuses on speaking engagements and helping women construct comfortable, functional wardrobes that fit and flatter their lifestyle, personality and budget.  
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