October 26, 2015
Port Huron Woman President of American Business Women's Association
When Lisa Montross was growing up, she watched her mother participate in a local chapter of the American Business Women?s Association. She saw her mother gain confidence, public speaking skills and negotiation skills through the association. When Montross graduated from college she decided she wanted access to that same support network. Twelve years later, Montross is president of the American Business Women?s Association. ?I was working with a marketing company in Ann Arbor out of college and I was the only female on the team,? the 35-year-old Port Huron woman said. ?It was important to me to find female mentors that could help me develop leadership skills.? The association has nearly 15,000 members nationwide with many local chapters in Michigan. Montross started in the Ann Arbor chapter and moved to the Port Huron chapter when she started working in the spring. ?There are over 20 chapters in Michigan and we are represented in every single state,? she said. ?Our mission is to provide opportunities to help women grow personally and professionally.? Prior to accepting the volunteer role as president, Montross was national secretary-treasurer for one year. Montross has been the membership sales and marketing manager of the Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce since April. Prior to that, she was a career development coordinator for the Ross Medical Education Center?s Port Huron campus for nearly five years. As the president of American Business Women?s Association, Montross will help sustain the association?s scholarship fund and work with the board of directors to develop professional opportunities for women. ?We have three regional conferences in the spring and one national leadership conference each year,? she said. ?Locally, we meet monthly.? The Port Huron chapter of American Business Women?s Association meets the first Monday of each month at the Angry Bull Steakhouse, 5078 Lapeer Road, Kimball Township. ?It?s important to have strong mentors for young women coming up in the work force,? Montross said. ?The association offers access to so many women with a variety of experiences you can learn from. Having a support system that wants to see you grow is good for young women.? The association supports its members through monthly educational meetings. The meetings offer a time for networking followed by a presentation ranging from work ethics to a healthy work-life balance. The association also offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $10,000 to help its members continue their education. For more information about the Port Huron chapter go tohttp://www.abwa.org/chapter/vivon-chapter.