WHO IS EWI
EWI Seattle is a non profit women’s networking group. The firm (company/business) holds the membership and the individuals are the representatives. In addition, EWI® is a non-compete organization. This allows our members to enjoy the privilege of being the sole industry provider in a wide network of local firms, if they so choose. Our membership is made up of a diverse group of corporate firms and entrepreneurs.
EWI is an organization that brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:
- Connections – Promoting member firms and offering networking capabilities locally, nationally and internationally;
- Careers – Offering opportunities for both personal and professional development through our speakers and national webinars that are offered to all member firms.
- Community – Offering scholarship opportunities to high school seniors and transitional college students to better their education and their lives; and to serve our local communities through other philanthropic endeavors.
EWI SEATTLE VISION
To be the leading connection for business professionals!
HISTORY OF EWI
Executive Women International was established in California in 1938 when Lucille Johnson Perkins recognized the importance and potential of an association of key women working with their executives to promote their firms and improve their community. On April 29th of that year, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of California under the name of Executive Secretaries, Inc.
In May 1939, the Los Angeles business community recognized the value of such an organization, and that city’s Chapter was chartered, and EWI was on its way. Since then, additional cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe have joined, forming a prestigious and exclusive networking organization of key firms and individuals.
During the 30th Annual Meeting of the corporation (May 1977), the organization’s name was changed to Executive Women International. This change reflects the international expansion of the organization and recognizes the changing roles of women in business and the diverse careers held by its representatives.
Today, over 1,900 firms, 2200 representatives are members of EWI in 61 Chapters located in major cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today’s business professionals and their firms.
Watch a video on EWI’s history here.
Milestones in EWI History
- 1938 Executive Secretaries Inc., the forerunner of Executive Women International, held first meeting on March 8
- 1953 Seattle Chapter was chartered
- 1964 First Canadian Chapter chartered
- 1975 Organization awarded the first scholarship
- 1977 Name changed to Executive Women International
- 1992 EWI targeted literacy as international philanthropy project
- 1992 EWI’s first European Chapter chartered
- 2001 Academy of Leadership offered training in leadership techniques that can be applied in the workplace
- 2004 The Academy Online: Certified Professional Leaders program is launched
- 2006 New Chapter charters in Montgomery, Alabama
- 2008: EWI unveils a new logo and branding to help carry the organization’s mission of Connections-Careers-Community.
- 2012: Standards of Excellence introduced to give vision to Chapters & provide a plan for growth.
- 2013: EWI celebrates its 75th year. Seattle Chapter celebrates it’s 60th year!
- 2016: EWI Seattle joins Tacoma Branch to form a new Chapter – EWI WESTERN WASHINGTON