The American Business Women’s Association is a national professional organization that focuses on recognition, education and empowerment. ABWA was founded in 1949, in the aftermath of World War II. During the war, many women entered the workforce for the first time in an effort to fill the gaps left by the soldiers fighting overseas. The organization was established to provide support and training to those women “seeking and deserving of equal business opportunities.” Since its inception, ABWA has continually served working women and women business owners on a national and local level. Our mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. ABWA provides formal continuing education opportunities and credits in business management, public speaking, and marketing to name few. Click here to learn about membership. Click here to visit the national organization’s website.
The American Business Women’s Association was founded in 1949 by Hilary A. Bufton, Jr., a Kansas City businessman who recognized the economic impact of the growing number of women in the workplace. He saw their great potential as well as the need for a professional organization to support them in meeting their career goals.
ABWA has dedicated over 60 years to women’s education, providing workplace skills and career development training. With 15,000 members in 450 chapters across the country, ABWA is the largest professional women’s organization in the United States. Its focus remains on professional development and leadership opportunities through education-based programming and chapter boards and committees. The ABWA community is diverse and rich in experience, and its members are eager to share their expertise and lessons learned with each other.
In 1983 and 1986, joint congressional resolutions were passed designating a national observance of Sept. 22, the anniversary of ABWA’s founding, as American Business Women’s Day. Following each resolution, President Ronald Reagan issued a presidential proclamation. September 22 is still observed today by ABWA members around the country.
The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.
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Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be. Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.
Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal. Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’S National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’S Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters. And, save thousands of dollars on discounted courses, business products and services!
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