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Women's Career Networking and Professional Associations
A collection of the best career networking organizations and professional associations for women.
You can find career and job resources at Quintessential Careers: Career Resources for Women.
Women's Networking Organizations:
Advancing Women -- This International Network for Women in the Workplace highlights issues for the working woman. Includes an online career center, Today's Women's News feature, forums for discussion, links for networking with international women, personal services resources and links to similar sites. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BellaOnline -- Online resource for women that has career and networking advice, as well as chat areas and discussion forums for online networking.
DinnerGrrls.org -- a great networking and mentoring site for women, from all over the world. Includes both online resources and network, as well as local chapters in some U.S. cities. For all women, from college student to CEO. Free to job-seekers.
Business Women's Network (BWN) -- Is dedicated to the promotion of business and professional women by providing assistance to corporations, businesswomen's organizations and state and federal agencies. BWN strives to be the authority on issues affecting businesswomen and the growth of women-owned businesses. Offers searchable online business women's network directory.
Women's Professional Organizations:
Selected women's professional organizations are provided here. To locate professional organizations specifically for women, use the Gateway to Associations Online search engine. This search engine has a pull-down menu that enables you to select "women" as one of the search criteria.
Alliance for Women in Media
1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
McLean, VA 22102
Serves women working in electronic media and related fields.
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
1111 16th St., NW
Washington, DC 20036
A national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls.
American Business Women's Association (ABWA)
11050 Roe Ave., Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66211
Provides opportunities for businesswomen to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Call the ABWA's national headquarters for local contacts.
American Medical Women's Association
Suite 400, 801 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Serves female health professionals.
American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA)
136 South Keowee Street
Dayton, OH 45402
The American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants is the devoted exclusively to the support and professional development of women CPAs. The society also addresses gender equity, the glass ceiling, work and family issues. To accomplish its mission, AWSCPA offers in-depth support in six important areas, including networking. AWSCPA's Web site has information about meetings and conferences as well as current job opportunities. Some areas of the site are open to members only.
Association for Women in Communications
3337 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Offers a mentor program and an annual career day.
Association for Women in Computing
Suite 1006, 41 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA, 94104
Serves programmers, analysts, technical writers, and entrepreneurs. Contact the national headquarters for local information.
Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
Suite 650, 1200 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-326-8940; 800-886-AWIS
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. AWIS has more than 5,000 members in fields spanning the life and physical sciences, mathematics, social science, and engineering. Events at the 76 local chapters across the country facilitate networking among women scientists at all levels and in all career paths.
Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT)
PO Box 65962
Washington, DC 20035
Monthly events with speakers, periodic seminars on trade topics, and a job bank.
Business and Professional Women (BPW) Foundation
1718 M Street, NW, #148
Washington, DC 20036
BPW Foundation transforms workplaces by strengthening the capacity of organizations and businesses to create work environments that are inclusive and value the skills and contributions of working women.
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
1201 Wakarusa Dr., Ste. C3
Lawrence, KS 66049
For women working in all facets of commercial real estate. Call the national headquarters for local contacts.
Financial Women International (FWI)
Suite 814, 200 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203-3128
Formerly known as the National Association of Bank Women, FWI serves women in banking and financial services.
Federally Employed Women (FEW)
Suite 425, 1400 I St., NW
Washington, DC 20005-2252
Serves women in all levels of the federal government, including the military. Also offers a mentor program and seminars on policy and legislative processes.
International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM)
Serves composers, conductors, performers, and music lovers. Provides venues for female artists to perform and helps promote their shows.
National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
60 East 42nd St., Suite 2700
New York, NY 10165
With some 250,000 members nationwide and abroad, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) is the nation's largest businesswomens' association. NAFE provides resources and services through education, networking, and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security. NAFE's Web site provides information about NAFE, its membership benefits and services, and NAFE networks around the country. It also includes articles and information about business and management, selected articles from NAFE's Executive Female magazine, and links to business-related sites.
National Association of Insurance Women
Provides opportunities for woman in the insurance industry to expand their circle of business contacts and knowledge through association activities such as state meetings, regional conferences and a national convention. Use national Website to locate local chapters.
National Association of Women Business Owners
Suite 1100, 1511 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
Leadership training and a network for women who have been in business for themselves for more than eight years.
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
1925 Adam C Powell Jr Blvd
Suite 1L New York, NY 10026
This nonprofit, volunteer organization is involved with community service, leadership develop and enhancing career opportunities through networking and programming. For information on NCBW chapters and programs in your area, contact the national headquarters.
National Women's Political Caucus
Suite 425, 1211 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Leadership and campaign-training programs.
Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) -- The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) is a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities. Members include women and men doing business in all facets of international trade including finance, public relations, government, freight forwarding, international law, agriculture, sales and marketing, import/export, logistics, and transportation. Web site contains information about conferences, events, chapters in the United States and around the world, as well as a job bank. E-mail: email@example.com
Society of Women Engineers
120 Wall St.
New York, NY 10005
Contact the national headquarters for local contacts.
Women in Aerospace (WIA)
204 E Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
WIA is dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community. Offers networking and professional development opportunities.
Women in Housing and Finance (WHF)
6712 Fisher Ave.
Falls Church VA 22046
Monthly luncheons, a job bank, professional development, and special-interest groups on insurance, securities, technology.
Women in International Security (WIIS)
Center for Peace and Security Studies
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Washington, DC 20005-1145
WIIS (pronounced "wise") is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women working in foreign and defense policy. An international, nonprofit, non-partisan network and educational program, WIIS is open to both women and men at all stages of their careers.
Women in Technology International (WITI)
13351 D-Riverside Drive #441
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.
Women Presidents' Organization (WPO)
155 East 55th Street, Suite 4-H
New York, NY 10022
An organization for women whose businesses annually gross more than $2 million. The organization's mission states: improving business conditions for women entrepreneurs and promoting the acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all industries.
Women's Caucus for the Arts (WCA)
PO Box 1498, Canal St. Station
New York, NY 10013
Has established a national network through research, exhibitions, conferences and honor awards for achievement. Call the national headquarters for local contacts.
Women's Information Network (WIN)
Suite 635, 1511 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20005
A Democratic group that serves mostly younger women. It features a job center and a well-reputed networking event, "Women Opening Doors for Women," in which high-level professional women share their experiences at informal dinner parties.
Women's National Book Association (WNBA)
3101 Ravensworth Pl.
Alexandria, VA 22302
Serves women in publishing, writing, and editing, as well as those who have an interest in books. Offers professional-development programs.
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