• Greater Oakland Charter Chapter

ABWA Celebrates 70 Years

Updated: Jan 12

The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) was founded on September 22, 1949. The women's organization (men are welcome) was founded after World War II by Mr. Hilary Bufton and three Kansas City businesswomen to help women build their business skills and grow personally and professionally, and that mission still applies today:


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 celebrated its 70th anniversary at the National Women's Leadership Conference on October 2 - 6, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri. ABWA's headquarters is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

The NWLC features world-class keynote speakers, and members attend classes, such as "Women as 21st Century Leaders," presented by Park University, and the KU MBA Essentials series, presented by the University of Kansas. Those not participating in these two tracks may take classes aimed more at personal and professional development.

Annual national membership dues are $115, which includes newsletters, discounts from participating merchant partners and access to the ABWA Apex Campus. Courses include the GEMBA Academy Six Sigma and School of Lean courses, which may be taken at the learners own pace. Additional training includes the Job Suite (resumes and interviewing), and How to be Heard (negotiating, brainstorming, and making presentations more powerful by using stories). All excellent skill enhancement tools. Visit our Scholarship and Education page for details on the Apex Campus course offerings and costs.

Local chapter dues vary. The Greater Oakland Charter Chapter annual dues are $24 per year. Those interested in finding out more about ABWA can visit Chapters across the U.S. may be found at

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Greater Oakland Charter Chapter



The American Business    Women's  Association (ABWA) offers women and men opportunities for professional development and personal growth. Learn and practice new skills in leadership, organization, delegation, team-building, and delivering presentations. 

Complete online training to enhance yourself and your career. Meet new friends and cultivate supportive, long-lasting relationships.

Chapter meetings are held:

Date: Monthly, 3rd Tuesday 

Time: 6:00 pm - Networking

          6:15  pm - Welcome

          6:30 pm - Program

          7:15  pm - Meeting & Dinner 


Meetings may be in-person or virtual. 


In person meetings are held at a local venue and include dinner. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their own food and drink. Reservation required. 


Virtual meetings are held using Zoom and include a $5 Zoom fee. 

Pre-payment required. 


Visit our Events page for details, cost, fliers, and to register.

Contact: Membership Chair


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Greater Oakland Charter Chapter 2000-2020


Not in our area? ABWA has chapters all over the United States. You may also join as a National Member.

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