Our ABWA 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.
During World War II, American women were recognized for the first time as a viable factor in the workforce. When the war was over, women were expected to return to the home, however their desire to seek fulfillment as part of the working world was not easily suppressed.
Hillary A. Bufton Jr. recognized the positive impact that women had on the economy and what a widespread loss it would be to let women fade quietly out of the workforce.
On Sept 22 1949, Bufton and three Kansas City Business women incorporated the American Business Women’s Association and the workforce was changed forever.
Today, the American Business Women’s Association spans the nation as the world’s most diverse professional organization for women. Over 35,000 members gather throughout the country, united by a common goal to support each other in professional development and career advancement.
ABWA has long been accepted as one of the leading business women’s associations in the United States and its far-reaching influence has touched the lives and careers of so many.
Tracey Harris, President
ABWA River Region Chapter
When We Meet
Monthly Chapter meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month at:
The Capital City Club
201 Monroe Street
We regularly have guest speakers to educate and inspire our members. Please come and invite a friend.
For details on upcoming speakers and other events, please visit the Events section of our Web site. Visitors and guests are always welcome.
- Leadership and Educational Development & Utilization Opportunities
- Networking locally, regionally and nationwide to broaden your sphere of influence
- Recognition locally, regionally and nationwide
- Women in Business— award winning bimonthly national magazine
- Business Services
- Corporate Sponsored Member benefits