ABWA National

René Street

René Street

Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) for the past ten years, René has been challenging women to grow personally and professionally in achieving their goals as Women in Business. In ABWA, she collaborates with the Association’s leaders and members to develop women as leaders and business owners. René’s vision is for women to find their voice, honor each other’s dignity and support each other in becoming their best selves.

Learn more about René at ABWA.org.

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National Board of Directors

2019 – 2020

Mary Stephenson – District One Vice President

The National Board of Directors are here to support, educate and help leagues and chapters. In order to continue growing our association, we must continue to grow and retain our members. We need everyone to help. ABWA is a safe place to learn and grow both personally and professionally.

The purpose of the National Board of Directors for 2019-2020 is to serve as the strategic arm of the association by 1) leading and guiding membership growth; 2) serving as fiscal stewards of SBMEF while collaborating with ABWA National and other key stakeholders.

Our Vision for 2020-2021 is to:

  1. Increase membership growth. –  Increase membership numbers by 15% per district as a core goal.
  2. Increase # of new formations by 2 per district.
  3. Increase BSTR participation through education and awareness.

Our 2020 theme says it best “Rise to the Challenge.” Are you ready to make a difference and Rise to the Challenge. Let’s do it together!

National Officers from left to right:

National Vice President, TRINA NKHAZI
National President, SHARON GODBEE
National Secretary-Treasurer, ANNE O’NEILL

District Vice Presidents from left to right:

District I Vice President, MARY STEPHENSON
District II Vice President, JUDY TAYLOR
District III Vice President, KATHY SCHOOLEY
District IV Vice President, MARY MAUPAI
District V Vice President, CHERYL BLAIR
District VI Vice President, KERRIE UNDERHILL

APEX Campus

The Apex Campus is a place of learning for ABWA Members and includes professional development courses, tools and resources to support you in achieving your personal and professional best. In ABWA’s Apex Campus, you can take courses on your own time and at your own pace. Some courses are free and some are fee based. Access to the APEX Campus is free with your National Membership.
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Code of Conduct

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.

All members will serve as goodwill ambassadors for the American Business Women’s Association.

Members will not allow their personal beliefs and convictions to interfere with the representation of ABWA’s mission.
Members will always treat their member colleagues, guests, vendors and sponsors with honesty, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility, kindness, and in good faith.
Members will maintain compliance with ABWA National, Chapter and Express Network Bylaws.
Members will not use their personal power to advance their personal interests.
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.