Education: Lots of groups claim they offer professional development, but that’s a promise we honor. At District and National Conferences, ABWA is proud to partner with such renowned groups as the University of Kansas School of Business, FranklinCovey, and Rockhurst University.
National Recognition: By its very nature, recognition is loaded with positive reinforcement. It is an essential component of career development - whether the recognition is on the job or through your professional association. With such programs as Best Practices and the Top Ten Business Women of ABWA, members have the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication.
Founded in 1949 by businessman Hilary A. Bufton Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri, ABWA has thousands of members in chapters and Express Networks nationwide. The organization provides business training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations and backgrounds. ABWA has dedicated more than half a century to women's education and provided workplace skills and career development training for more than 20,000 members and a history of 545,000 members. For more information go to www.abwa.org or click here for more Membership info.
The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is the fourth largest women's organization with more than 70,000 members with 1,400 chapters throughout the United States.
The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. It is a community where women can be part of a national organization with a local connection, come together to gain career development and pursue business opportunities while being influenced and mentored by like-minded women who really care.
Together: We believe our collective wisdom is the professional woman’s greatest untapped resource. Everyone has a skill, ability or advice that will benefit the woman next to you. It’s the ultimate networking circle.
Diversity: ABWA is all-inclusive. Here diversity is more than race, age, creed or color. It’s blue-collar, white-collar, CEOs, MBAs and telecommuters who never leave their home office. Our members own their businesses, or aspire to become the next entrepreneurs.
Leadership: In addition to assuming leadership positions within local chapters and networks, members have the opportunity to run for national office, a seat on our National Board of Directors.
*Membership is required in both the National organization and with the H.B. Wavecresters local chapter. The combination of national and local dues remains the best value found for a women’s organization.
HB Wavecresters of ABWA's purpose is reflected in the national Mission Statement with a focus to strengthen, support and educate the women of our own chapter and within the community of Orange County. A Wavecrester will symbolize the values of Ethics, Excellence, Leadership, Integrity and Teamwork.
The Huntington Beach Wavecresters Chapter of the American Business Women's Association was chartered on July 7, 2003. Chapter fundraisers have given us the opportunity to assist our members with continuing education by sending them to ABWA conferences and other professional development events. By partnering with local organizations such as Women Helping Women, Project Self Sufficiency, CARE program at Golden West College/Orange Coast College and Pathways to Independence, we have increased the impact our educational scholarships have on the women within our community who are trying to better themselves and become self sufficient. THE TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH HB WAVECRESTERS: (6) $500 Local Community Scholarships
Please click here to download the 2018 Fall HB Wavecresters Scholarship Application
Please click here for the HB Wavecresters Scholarhip Guidelines
THE TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE THROUGH ABWA:
$10,000 National Scholarship
$5,000 National Scholarship
(2) $1500 SBMEF Outright Grant
Please click here for more information on the SBMEF scholarships through ABWA.