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.


ABWA’s Proud Code of Conduct was developed as a means of guiding all members in making ethical decisions. The broad statements of the code of conduct that are listed below are not expected to cover all conduct for all situations. This is why the Proud Code of Conduct was created as a living and fluid code.

  1. All members will serve as goodwill ambassadors for the American Business Women’s Association.
  2. Members will not allow their personal beliefs and convictions to interfere with the representation of ABWA’s mission.
  3. Members will always treat their member colleagues, guests, vendors and sponsors with honesty, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility, kindness, and in good faith.
  4. Members will maintain compliance with ABWA National, Chapter and Express Network Bylaws.
  5. Members will not use their personal power to advance their personal interests.
  6. Members will strive for excellence in their professions by maintaining and enhancing their own business knowledge and skills, and by encouraging the professional development of other members.


  1. Giving Members a Voice
  2. Treat People with Dignity (Proud Code of Conduct)
  3. Lifelong Learning
  4. Focus on Creating Value for Members
  5. Achievement
  6. Visionary Leadership
  7. Focus on the Future
  8. Focus on Results
  9. Manage by Fact
  10. Manage for Innovation


  1. Provide opportunities for members to strengthen and build personal and business relationships by hosting and participating in ABWA meetings, conferences and social events.
    1. Increase membership by attracting 10 new members & retain 80% of membership
    2. Offer opportunities for members to share their professional experience (i.e., Meeting sponsors, newsletter ads, member spotlights)
    3. Increase the community outreach opportunities for members by participating in and hosting at least 1 local social, service, or networking event each quarter
    4. Increase member attendance at monthly meetings (on average 18 members attending
  2. Strengthen Chapter Leadership by providing opportunities for members to actively engage in ABWA chapter committees and executive board activities.
    1. Improve new members’ 1st year experience by hosting orientations quarterly and assigning mentors
    2. Create a consistent brand through social media, website and consistent meeting location
    3. Increase awareness of and strive to achieve Best Practices for League Management