Knowledge is power; and businesswomen need a resource they can turn to for information about a wide variety of topics. They also need to know how to use that information to benefit themselves or their employers. To this end, ABWA members participate in the following professional development opportunities:
- Leadership Development Programs
- ABWA-KU MBA Essentials
- ABWA-KU Management Certificate Series
- In-Depth Business Skills Training
- Continuing Education Certificate Programs
- Tuition Reimbursement for Approved Accredited Classes
(KU stands for Kansas University. They partner with ABWA for the professional development. All this information is in WIN under the Training Tab.)
Making contact with business-savvy professionals also puts women ahead; but networking is an art that many people have not perfected. That’s why ABWA has made teaching its members this career-critical skill part of its mission. Plus, when you join an ABWA chapter or network, you automatically become a member of a ready-made professional network with unlimited potential for expanding your own network of contacts.
By its very nature, recognition is loaded with positive reinforcement. It is an essential component of effective development. Thus individual members are recognized for their efforts. Each year, in addition to national awards and recognition, local chapters and networks honor members who make significant accomplishments in education, leadership, professional and civic activities.
Women in Business
Women in Business, the association’s award-winning bimonthly national magazine, features informative articles covering a range of topics that are of interest to businesswomen and entrepreneurs. Previous articles have dealt with subjects such as career reinvention, website development, human resources management and tax relief for women business owners. Past topics also include how to motivate your employees, things to take into consideration when starting a business, and hints on how to balance a career with motherhood. Women in Business is a primary source of ABWA member information, providing updates on association events and members’ activities and accomplishments. The magazine also includes excerpts from today’s powerful business books, which can be used to earn contact hours in the ABWA professional development program. Magazine subscription is free for ABWA members (annual dues include a one-year subscription); non-member subscriptions are $20 a year.
Members also receive benefits from our national corporate sponsors, who support ABWA in its efforts to further the careers of women. These companies offer discounts on everything from office supplies and car rentals to travel expenses.
Through ABWA’s Express Network, you invest in your own professional development. Attend local Express Network meetings to hear industry leaders address issues that matter to you:
- Using communication technology to increase your output
- Leveraging your skills, intuition, judgment and collaboration
- Using the Economic Value-Added (EVA) measure to evaluate your company’s financial performance
- Launching a global business from your own office
- Achieving balance in an out-of-balance world
Lancaster Area Express Network
Our local chapter of ABWA has a goal to provide opportunities for Lancaster County Business Women to:
- Develop leadership skills
- Network with business professionals
- Strengthen business contacts
- Gain self-confidence
- Build friendships
- Support every member on an on-going basis
Members receive a monthly newsletter (Connect and Succeed) and hear great speakers at each breakfast meeting. The member meeting fee is discounted from the non-member fee and is extended to any ABWA member who visits our chapter. Our members are granted all of the benefits that traditional chapters receive including an Express Network members-only page on the national website (ABWA.org). Local chapter members are also offered similar exclusive access to the member portal of our website (ABWA-LAEN.org). Don’t forget to patronize our local corporate partners, who support our chapter in its efforts to help one another in a safe, business-related atmosphere. These companies are valuable resources to us.