Dr. Minnie Miles, past president of the USA organization, meeting with President J.F. Kennedy
Enterprising and Professional Women-USA
“Leaning in and Leading: Bridges to Equality”
EPW-USA is a national network of Business and Professional Women with global affiliation to the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, BPW International, and implements the international mission on a nationwide level. EPW represents women in the workplace, market-place and community through government advocacy, networking and education.
Founded by Dr. Leana Madesin Phillips, a lawyer and women’s advocate in the United States.
Initially, five state and local affiliate federations/chapters joined:
- Pacific Rim International State Federation (with members in Oregon and Washington)
- New York
- Paso del Norte Affiliate Chapter, El Paso, TX
- LaGrange-Chicago Affiliate Chapter, Illinois
Although in existence and an affiliate federation of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) since the 1930’s, the new name of Enterprising and Professional Women – USA (EPW-USA) was established in 2009. EPW-USA is also part of the North America & Caribbean Region of BPW International.
Develop the professional, business and leadership potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects.
As a member of BPW International, EPW-USA has consultative status with the United Nations and works closely with many NGOs (non-governmental organizations) throughout the world. Most of the EPW-USA UN Representatives are members of EPW-NYC.
Virtual Chapter formed to allow individual membership to those not living near a state or local affiliate. The Virtual Affiliate hosts educational webinars (open to all EPW members) throughout the year and participates in EPW-USA’s Biannual Assembly, North American and the Caribbean Regional’s Biannual Conventions, BPW International’s Congresses and all other activities of EPW-USA and BPW International.
Pennsylvania Affiliate Chapter formed.
Colorado Affiliate Federation formed.
EPW-USA continues to advocate for women’s equality and is very involved with the movement to pass CEDAW and the ERA.
To learn more about EPWUSA visit www.epw-usa.org