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New Mansfield-Area American Business Women's Association Looking to Inspire

Jul 14, 2016 04:07PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

ABWA - New Connections Chapter Selfie. Photo courtesy of the ABWA - New Connections Chapter Facebook Page.

The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is a national group organization that connects business women together to garner success, connections, and knowledge. The National organization was founded in 1949 and there are more than 5,000 members, over 450 chapters in over 300 cities.

Somewhat recently, a Mansfield-area chapter was opened, and has been steadily growing in size ever since. The ABWA Mansfield chapter was formed in November 2015. 

According to Shellisa McDonald, ABWA New Connections Marketing PR Chair, "This has been a wonderful opportunity to meet other women, and network for support both in business, and personal growth. The speakers/topics at our meetings have great information to take away, and apply to your particular needs."

ABWA also has a great resource for learning on the member website. "We will also be planning some fun events for our group outside our monthly meetings," said Shellisa. 

ABWA New Connections Chapter Board Members: 

Chair – Jillian Verdun-Gilbert

Co-Chair – Christine Snyder

Communications Chair – Dianna Streeman

Finance Chair – Ann Weaver

Communications Co-Chair/ Marketing PR Chair – Shellisa McDonald

Membership Chair – Emily Puente

Program Chair – Tina Robinson

Advisor – Vicki Marlett

Locally, it is anticipated to have 30-50 members. The Mansfield/Arlington chapter has monthly meetings the 2nd Thursday of each month, at various locations in Mansfield/Arlington. 

You can learn more about these meetings, as well as the group, by visiting their Facebook Page or the ABWA website.  

About the ABWA 

The American Business Women's Association is a prestigious, national organization established for working women and women business owners. It is a community where women can be part of a national organization with a local connection, come together to gain career development and pursue business opportunities while being influenced and mentored by like-minded women who really care.


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.


As women continue to gain more professional freedom, the Association’s aim is to bring together businesswomen from diverse industries and to help them grow as they face new challenges concurrent with the changes in their jobs or in the business world.
Learning business and leadership skills is central to our community. ABWA provides a safe and supportive learning environment for members to take such steps so that they realize their full potential and gain maximum career growth and employability.

While we are not a university, we do offer members the opportunity to participate in KU-MBA Essentials, a twelve-course program focused on the essentials of management education delivered by professors and adjunct faculty from the Kansas University School of Business.
In ABWA, we encourage all national members to practice business skills like public speaking, facilitating a meeting, marketing, selling or writing a business plan by participating in a local ABWA group in their community.

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