MOUNT LAUREL, NJ – The Awards Committee of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) recently announced the recipients of multiple annual awards recognizing member achievements in the organizing and productivity industry. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual conference and organizing exposition in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2013 Founders’ Award

Signifying admiration and respect on behalf of NAPO, the Founders’ Award is given to a member, or group of members acting together, whose exceptional efforts helped move the organizing profession forward. Current members nominate and vote for the recipient. This is the highest award a member of NAPO can receive, and is a testament to the recipient’s professionalism and achievements.

This year’s recipient, Sheila Delson, Certified Professional Organizer-Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®) dedicated her almost 20-year professional career to further define and advance the professional organizing and productivity industry. She has passionately and selflessly donated her time, talent, and leadership to both NAPO and the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD). Ms. Delson has not only greatly assisted in gaining notoriety for the organizing profession, but has immeasurably furthered the missions of both associations and the field of chronic disorganization.

2013 President’s Award

The President’s Award highlights goes to a single member whose dedication and accomplishments benefited NAPO and its general membership.

Holly Graff, Certified Professional Organizer® was honored for her generous service to NAPO’s Quantum Leap® community service program, which provides organizational skills training to those in life transitions who can least afford, but most need, professional guidance. Since assuming leadership of the program in 2008, Ms. Graff has systematized the program, adding training for volunteers, introducing better tracking of results and streamlining the supply channels. More than 12,000 women and men have been trained by professional organizers through a wide variety of community agencies since the inception of Quantum Leap®.

The Service to NAPO Award

The Service to NAPO Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to NAPO or the organizing industry.

Ellen Delap, Certified Professional Organizer®, received the 2013 Service to NAPO Award, due to her tireless volunteerism, devotion to leadership development, and commitment to education and excellence in the organizing and productivity industry. Part of the first group to receive the designation of Certified Professional Organizer®, she has served NAPO in many leadership roles at the chapter level and national level.

Corporate Associate Member of the Year

The Corporate Associate Member of the Year Award is presented to a corporate associate member (a company involved in the manufacture, distribution or sale of organizing products and services) that has made a significant contribution to NAPO and the profession of organizing.

Rubbermaid was selected as Corporate Associate Member of the Year for its steadfast commitment to NAPO and the organizing and productivity industry. From providing educational opportunities to organizers and programs at NAPO conferences, to positioning NAPO members as organizing experts, Rubbermaid has helped raise public awareness about the benefits of order and efficiency, as well as the advantages of working with qualified organizing and productivity professionals.

“One of the pleasures of being president is recognizing our members for their outstanding contributions,” stated NAPO President Angela F. Wallace, Certified Professional Organizer®. “Their dedication and hard work strengthen NAPO as an association, as well as advance the organizing and productivity industry.”

For more information about award eligibility criteria and to see lists of past recipients, please visit

About NAPO

The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) leads and advances the organizing and productivity industry. NAPO was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit professional educational association for professional organizers. Today, NAPO has approximately 4,000 members worldwide, representing the full spectrum of the global industry: professional organizers, productivity specialists, authors, educators, trainers, manufacturers, service providers and more.

NAPO is The Organizing Authority®. NAPO serves its members and the public by providing professional educational opportunities, industry leadership, productive partnerships and expert information and solutions to foster growth and fulfillment for all who work within the organizing and productivity industry or benefit from its services. NAPO is headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and is on the web at

Source: NAPO

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