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ABWA Celebrates 75 Years

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:


ABWA MISSION STATEMENT

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 will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the National Women's Leadership Conference on September 25-28, 2024, in Overland Park, Kansas, the home of ABWA's headquarters.


The NWLC features world-class keynote speakers, and members attend business-relevant classes. Another option is to take classes aimed more at personal and professional development.


Annual national membership dues are $115, which includes electronic 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 Marketing Tools for Your Business (Canva website creation and using AI), preparing for Your Next Job Opportunity (resumes and interviewing), and Tech Tips and Tools (power tips for 365, Outlook and Gmail users). All are 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 www.abwa.org. Chapters across the U.S. may be found at https://www.abwa.org/abwa-chapter-express-networks/.




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