ABWA Values

Mission Statement of ABWA

The mission of the American Business Women's Association is 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

The 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.

  • As an ABWA member, I will serve as a goodwill Ambassador for the American Business Women's Association.
  • As an ABWA member, I will adhere to the Association's Bylaws and comply with the Association's Brand Guidelines.
  • As an ABWA member, I will not use my personal power or influence to advance my own interests.
  • As an ABWA member, I will not allow my personal beliefs or convictions to alienate other members, prospective members, and sponsors at any level of the ABWA organization (local, regional or national).
  • As an ABWA member, I will always treat member colleagues, the ABWA National Team, guests, speakers, vendors and sponsors with dignity and respect.

Core Values

Our core values are the foundation for which the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) was founded on in 1949. They're reflective of the ethos of the ABWA culture, and have been integral to creating an enduring and supportive community for generations of women in the workplace.

  1. Selfless Leadership - Be committed to doing the right thing, always. Be transparent in your actions even when no one is looking!
  2. Building Community - Be committed to creating sustainable ABWA communities where women can connect, learn, and grow together.
  3. Value and Seek Diversity - Be committed to recruiting new members from diverse cultures, work industries and experiences.
  4. Manage for Innovation and Excellence - Be committed to original thinking and delivering excellence in everything you do.
  5. Lifelong Learning - Be committed to enhancing your own business knowledge, skills and acumen. Be unafraid to make mistakes, iterate, err and try again.
  6. Focus on Facts and Own the Results - Be committed to using "data" to drive your decisions and actions, and be accountable for your performance, good and bad.
  7. Choose to Make a Difference - Be committed to unlocking a member's potential and inspiring/motivating her to become the best version of herself.
  8. Celebrate - Be committed to celebrating members' achievements.