Cedar Rapids Charter Chapter ABWA

Chartered in June 1955

Developing women locally, regionally and nationally for over 50 years!


The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse backgrounds and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

    What's ABWA all about?

      Come check us out at an upcoming meeting and see what ABWA CRCC has to offer you!

      ABWA CRCC Meetings are on the first Wednesday evening of the month.
Networking: 5:45-6pm Dinner: Served at 6:15pm Presentation: 6:45-7:30pm
Location: Longbranch, 90 Twixt Town Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Cost:$15.00 Members($20 for members without RSVP) / $20 Guests additional fee for payments made by credit/debit cards
Next meeting is Wed. February 6th from 5:45-8pm Topic: 8 to Great: The Positive Process for Positive Change       
Speaker: Colleen Cahill Holmes, Master Trainer for 8 to Great
      For more information about our meetings, click here.

      Contact us today at info@abwacr.org for more information!

      Why should you join ABWA? Click here for our Member Packet Booklet.


Why you need to Join!

Today’s employers want more from employees than reading, writing and computer skills. They want employees who know how to:

  • Get things done
  • Assume responsibility
  • Work independently
  • Are team players
  • Have rapport with customers

  • Trends show that you’ll change jobs an average of seven times and shift entire careers up to three times. Regardless of your status, as a woman in today’s workplace, you need an association that anticipates and meets your needs. The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is the one professional local, regional and national association that is behind you all the way-supporting you-growing with you - helping you develop a path that will help you to become your personal and professional best.

    ABWA believes education and training are the keys to success. Over 50% of our operating budget goes to the educational development of our members. Whether you are actively seeking to advance to the next level, stay current with business trends and skills, be active in retirement or are a full-time student looking to explode onto the job scene, ABWA has a membership option that is right for you.

    ABWA is an association that cares about you. When you join ABWA, you’re not only joining America’s leading professional association for women; you’re joining an intricately knit family of like-minded, success-oriented working women, ready to connect, learn and grow right alongside you during anything your career throws at you. In addition, members also receive benefits from our national corporate sponsors.

        Benefits of Membership

          With the most diverse membership of any professional women’s organization,
          diversity is one of ABWA’s greatest strengths.

          The strength of that diversity works for you in the creation of different membership options.
          Since each of our members is unique, with different interests and needs, ABWA offers options for       every businesswoman at every career phase.

          Whether you are actively seeking to advance to the next level, or to stay current with business       trends and skills; whether you dream of breaking out on your own or are running your own       business; whether you are looking to stay active in retirement or are a full-time student looking to       explode onto the job scene, ABWA has a membership option that is right for you.

  • Programming: Educational and informative programs are held each month. Position yourself with knowledge that enhances both your personal and professional skills.

  • Education: At District and National Conferences, ABWA is proud to partner with such renowned groups as the University of Kansas School of Business, Franklin Covey, and Rockhurst University. In addition, the Women’s Instructional Network (WIN) provides a sophisticated, interactive online learning experience and comes with your membership.

  • Networking: We provide an opportunity to connect with other women to grow friendships and business opportunities.

  • Leadership: In addition to assuming leadership positions within local chapters and networks, members have the opportunity to run for national office, and hold a seat on our National Board of Directors.

  •     Development

          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
          - In-depth business skills training
          - Continuing education certificate programs
          - Tuition reimbursement for approved accredited classes



    Making contact with business-savvy professionals 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, and professional and civic activities.



    We promote educational and professional development opportunities for our members through programming, District ABWA Spring Conferences and National ABWA Conferences. Our chapter raises money for our scholarship fund which provides financial assistance to local women pursuing higher education. We facilitate an open networking environment for our members at our monthly meetings.

    When women get together, amazing things can happen. And that’s just what the American Business Women’s Association’s membership options are all about -- women joining forces to further themselves both professionally and personally to amazing proportions. Not only do our members get the inside track on the issues facing their local communities, but they also are plugged into the trends and events that drive today’s national businesses. Succeeding today is all about what you know, who you know and who knows you. And if you want to be successful, ABWA’s chapters and networks give you the upper hand.

    More information about our Conferences

        Women In Business

          Women in Business, the Association’s award-winning quarterly national magazine, features informative       articles covering a range of topics that are of interest to businesswomen and entrepreneurs.

          Women in Business Magazine



    For more than a half century, the American Business Women’s Association has been a significant thread woven tightly in the fabric of American history. Founded in 1949 by Hillary A. Bufton, Jr., a Kansas City businessman, ABWA has thousands of members nationwide. Its unparalleled success in supporting the dreams and aspirations of working women across the nation will continue well into the future, changing women’s lives for many years to come through business training and networking opportunities for women of diverse occupations and backgrounds.

    More Information About the History of ABWA

    Cedar Rapids Charter Chapter ABWA is bringing together women enjoying
    friendship, leadership, scholarships and national recognition!
    Come join us!

        Membership Investment

          National dues are $75 plus a $15 Women’s Instructional Network (WIN) fee.
          Local dues are $24/year.

          Membership discounts $12/year:

           - Full time students (12+ credit hours per semester)

           - Seniors (Ages 70+)

          More information on how to Join!

          Ask your employer to make an investment in you!! Employer Letter


    Contact Us!

    American Business Women’s Association
    Cedar Rapids Charter Chapter, Chapter #4607
    PO Box 10901
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0901

    Contact Wanda Johnson (CRCC President) at 319-804-9588


    www.abwa.org (National ABWA Website)

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