ABWA Mission Statement and History
To bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.
In the 1940’s working women were making new inroads to the business world. Women were changing the face of industry and having a postive economic impact. Hilary A. Bufton, Jr., a Kansas city businessman recognized women’s potential and saw the needs for an organization to support and empower them to reach their career goals. As a result, in 1949, Bufton founded the American Business Women’s Association. ABWA has dedicated 65 years to women’s education and provided workplace skills and career-development traiing. Professional development remains the cornerstone of ABWA today.