A new way of connecting with other businesswomen to develop personally and professionally.

Welcome to the Lancaster Area Express Network, a local chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) national organization. We are located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601. If you driven and determined in your vision to succeed, then ABWA Express Network membership is for you. With the Lancaster Area Express Network, you will develop leadership skills, network with business professionals, strengthen business contacts, gain self-confidence and build friendships.

Attend our next monthly meeting!  LAEN meetings are held over breakfast from 7:15 to 9 a.m. – offering the flexibility you require – and include time to network, a guest speaker, and a breakfast buffet. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Lancaster Country Club (get directions). The cost is $20 for ABWA members and $30 for non-ABWA members. Reservations are required by the Monday before the event. Click here to register. For more information contact our president (click here).

Our Next Meeting’s Speaker…

March 18 — Finding and Owning Your Voice

Melanie G. Snyder, OWDS, GCDF, Executive Director, Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO)
Writer, Speaker, Educator, and Advocate

Finding and Embracing Your Voice: One Woman’s Journey

Most of us think we have to wait to “find our voice” until we have something “important” to say. Our speaker, Melanie Snyder, might beg to differ: Our voice is our calling, and it’s not always what or where we expect it! An MBA working in Corporate America, leading project teams and developing her staff, she never saw it coming…until destiny looked her in the eyes, taking three slow blinks.

So what kept her up at night? How did she find the courage to jump? And what keeps her moving in tough times? Come listen to Melanie’s story and discover what YOU might do today to prepare to share YOUR voice.

Melanie G. Snyder is a mediator, educator, author and advocate.  After more than 20 years of experience in business, Melanie found herself drawn to the possibility of making a deep and lasting positive change in the lives of people who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. Through a series of unexpected “coincidences” in 2007, and surrounded with the support of her family and community, Melanie made a radical mid-life career change and has shaped a new career having an impact in people’s lives.

Melanie now serves as the Executive Director of the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO) – an initiative to improve community safety by helping people transitioning out of prison to become productive citizens and remain crime-free.  She is on the Affiliated Faculty of Elizabethtown College, and has been invited to guest-lecture at Yale University. The author of Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity, Melanie has traveled across the country to share her perspectives with national, regional and local audiences, including a TEDx event. (TEDx Talk link: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Breaking-out-of-prison-thinking)

Melanie G. Snyder is also the author of Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity

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ABWA’s Mission…

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association 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.

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Women's Instructional Network

National ABWA Membership Brochure