Where Do You Meet Purposeful Women?

How often do you seek out the opportunity to network with other business women? Even though our schedules are filled with family, work and friends, the truth is that networking is an important part of our journey to create the life we desire.

Often chamber and rotary meetings, although beneficial and important, are not the place where we are exposed to new business women. However, there are several national and international organizations specifically designed to bring purposeful women together for the opportunity to network, connect, learn from and encourage.

Here are just a few that you might not be aware of:

Athena International

Founded in 1982 by Martha Mayhood Mertz, ATHENA International is a non-profit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders through programs that we administer in partnership with ‘host organizations’ from local communities.These programs inspire women to reach their full potential and strive to create balance in leadership worldwide.

Working Women Connection

Working Women Connection is an organization dedicated to supporting women owned businesses or women responsible for business development.  Be ready to…


NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners)

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide by:

  • Strengthening the wealth creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the entrepreneurial community
  • Creating innovative and effective change in the business culture
  • Building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations
  • Transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers

NAFE (National Association of Female Executives)

The National Association for Female Executives, one of the country’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, provides resources – through education, networking, and public advocacy- to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success. 

ABWA (American Business Women’s Association)

The American Business Women’s Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners.

It is a community where women can be part of a national organization with a local connection, come together to gain career development and pursue business opportunities while being influenced and mentored by like-minded women who really care.

NAPW (National Association of Professional Women)

NAPW defines success as “owning your own power.” As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters. NAPW members have diverse backgrounds, beliefs, perspectives and lifestyles with one common bond – their ability to succeed.

For even more, check out the article from Diversity Best Practices with 20 Women’s Organizations You Need to Know.