ABWA’s Mission

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.


The American Business Women’s Association strives to provide a quality experience for members both on a national and local level, focusing on these tenets of the mission…


Together: We believe our collective wisdom is the professional woman’s greatest untapped resource. Everyone has a skill, ability or advice that will benefit the woman next to you. It’s the ultimate networking circle.


Diversity: ABWA is all-inclusive. Here diversity is more than race, age, creed or color. It’s blue-collar, white-collar, CEOs, MBAs and telecommuters who never leave their home office. Our members own their businesses, or aspire to become the next entrepreneurs.


Leadership: In addition to assuming leadership positions within local chapters and networks, members have the opportunity to run for national office, a seat on our National Board of Directors.


Education: Lots of groups claim they offer professional development, but that’s a promise we honor. At District and National Conferences, ABWA is proud to partner with such renowned groups as the University of Kansas School of Business, FranklinCovey, and Rockhurst University.


National Recognition: By its very nature, recognition is loaded with positive reinforcement. It is an essential component of career development – whether the recognition is on the job or through your professional association. With such programs as Best Practices and the Top Ten Business Women of ABWA, members receive recognition on both the local and national level for personal and professional achievements.



Founded in 1949 by Hilary A. Bufton Jr., a Kansas City, Mo., businessman, ABWA has thousands of members in chapters and Express Networks nationwide. The organization provides business training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations and backgrounds. ABWA has dedicated more than half a century to women’s education and provided workplace skills and career development training for more than 545,000 members.


Post World War II, Mr. Bufton recognized the positive impact women had on the economy. On September 22, 1949, Mr. Bufton and three Kansas City businesswomen incorporated the American Business Women’s Association, and the American workforce was changed forever.


“It was my feeling all women were seeking and deserved equal business opportunities.” He later wrote, “They had gained tremendous business knowledge during World War II, through necessity, and I felt a new organization for all businesswomen was needed.”


Membership to ABWA National is requisite for local ABWA SouthCoast Chapter membership. Please visit www.abwa.org for more information and to pay National dues.

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