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ABWA’s Mission Statement

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women 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.


Changing women’s lives. . . one woman at a time.©

About Us 

At a time when it was socially unacceptable for women to pursue a full-time career, have a girls’ night out, or even join a women’s association; four individuals from Kansas City; Shirley Cupp, Irma Beisel, Frances Stuckey and Mr. Hilary Bufton Jr. , founded the American Business Women’s Association. Breaking barriers for women and on behalf of women is nothing new in ABWA.  We’ve been doing so since 1949.

Lifelong Learning

ABWA is committed to creating accessible, affordable and innovative learning opportunities that will prepare you to respond to the challenges and opportunities you experience at any given moment.  As a National member, you can choose from a diverse collection of online courses in ABWA’s Apex Campus.   We welcome learners of all ages, educational backgrounds and career paths who are motivated to chart their learning journey.

Membership in ABWA

Are you looking to advance your career or start a new business in 2022?  The American Business Women’s Association is the place to be for working women and women business owners who want to learn, connect, and grow.  Join today with an annual investment of $115.

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started”  – Sally Berger

Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be.  Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.

Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  New courses are added yearly at a discounted rate.  Grow your professional network by attending the annual National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts with your complimentary subscription to ABWA’s Achieve Newsletter.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted courses, business products and services!

Make an investment in you!  JOIN the leading Association for working women and women business owners, the American Business Women’s Association.


Our Members Say it Best…

” ABWA has been a catalyst for growth in all areas of my life.  Professionally, ABWA has given me a platform to test new tcchnologies, processess, and systems that have helped me grow my business – even through a pandemic.  Personally, my life is forever changed by the support and friendships of amazing women from across the country.  Some have even become lifelong friends!” 

Julie Burch, Keynote, Speaker and Trainer  – Julie Burch Speaks 

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