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ABWA Central Regional Conference

April 11 - 13, 2019

Des Moines, IA

Hotel:  Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus

FEATURED SEMINAR:  Digital Marketing Bootcamp  

Today’s ever-changing digital world presents new opportunities and challenges for businesses (and Association’s) who want to learn how to effectively target your current and future customers.  Building a strong online presence is vital in boosting your business profile.   With PPC, SEO, email, social marketing, re-targeting and Google Analytics, it may be overwhelming.  And, with so many options available, it can be difficult to determine what will be the most effective approach for your business.  Take away concrete tips on on raising your company’s on-line presence (or even your league’s).

In this 6-hour session, you will learn how to:

  • CREATE an effective digital marketing strategy.

  • USE online tools to increase productivity.

  • AUDIT your current marketing strategies.

  • USE techniques that will engage mobile users effectively.

About the Presenter,  Ted Janus

As the author of two books, on social media marketing, Ted has proven he knows how to make the seemingly complex look simple.  

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Register by February 22, 2019 and save $40

For more information, call 1-800-228-0007

ABWA Eastern Michigan Council Announces NEW Board Members

December 8, 2018

Past District V VP, Marcia Green, and Current District V VP, Marilyn Lash, install the 2018/2019 EMC Board.  

Left to Right:  Marilyn Lash, Tammy Murray (EMC Financial Officer), Gwendolyn Guy (EMC Communications Officer), Kelle Hruska (EMC Vice Chair), Gail Frahm (EMC Chair) and Marcia Green.

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ABWA Tipacon Charter Chapter 65th Anniversary Celebration

October 26, 2018
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2018 - 2019 National Board of Directors Announced!  Congratulations!

October 10 - 13, 2018

At the 69th ABWA National Women's Leadership Conference (NWLC), our new National Board of Directors and SBMEF Trustees were elected. Congratulations ladies!  We look forward to your leadership!

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District I – VI VPs:  Trina Tolliver Nkhazi, Rebecca Dollinger, Kathy McBride, Jackie Morgan, Marilyn Lash and Robin Sawamura

Cheryl Scott (Secretary Treasurer), Felicia Johnson (President) and Charlotte Osborne (Vice President)

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National Women's Leadership Conference - Augusta, GA

October 10 - 13, 2018


Mark Your Calendar for the 2018 National Women's Leadership Conference!

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For over 68 years, the National Women’s Leadership Conference, hosted by the American Business Women’s Association, is where women come together to celebrate the past and focus on the future, not only for themselves, but for all working women. 


This year’s “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You” Conference offers three and a half days of professional development programming delivered by nationally acclaimed authors, speakers, and business experts, all willing to share their insights with you so you can achieve your personal and professional best. 

Join us on Oct. 10 – 13 in Augusta, Georgia, for an action-packed conference where we will empower women to share their voice, define their personal vision and understand their value in and outside of the workplace.

Changing women’s lives…one woman at a time.  This is who we are.  This is what we do. And this is what we continually strive to do in the American Business Women’s Association. We hope you join us in our guest!


For more information, call 1-800-228-0007.  Click Here to register for the conference.

Speakers & Entertainment

New! Business start-ups and women owned businesses have grown exponentially over the years. ABWA recognizes the growth in sole proprietorship within its membership. This year ABWA has partnered with two institutions, BB&T and Securian Financial Group, who are experts in the field of starting a business or growing your current business. Each company will offer a timely seminar, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10. The seminars are open to all attendees, no matter which track you have selected for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Limited seats are available, pre-registration is required.

“Electric” is just one way of describing America’s #1 show band: The Voltage Brothers, who will open this year’s opening general session’s 70th Anniversary Launch Party at the National Women’s Leadership Conference. Performing top hits from every genre, The Voltage Brothers’ repertoire consists of your favorite R&B, swing, Carolina beach music, disco, funk, hip hop, jazz, Motown, pop and even classic rock hits.

ABWA’s Hand of Friendship breakfast, in honor of Inner Circle and 25-year members, is proud to welcome Courtney Clark. Courtney works with people who want to adapt faster and achieve more.

The Saturday afternoon general session will feature a keynote presentation from Dan Thurmon.

A recent inductee to the prestigious “Speakers Hall of Fame,” Dan delivers experiences that go beyond motivation, teaching concepts and skills in a highly engaging and entertaining manner. He will enhance your life experiences and professional endeavors with purposeful, positive contributions.

The conference is not over yet! ABWA members will reconvene from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday for an After Party hosted by a local disc jockey. Benefits will be donated to the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund and the ABW Foundation. Add this event to your registration!

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Central Regional Conference (Districts III and V) - Ann Arbor, MI

April 19 - 21, 2018


Mark Your Calendar for the 2018 Central Regional Conference!

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Connect, Learn and Grow in ABWA

If you aspire to be a more effective leader in your job, business, or in your ABWA community, don’t miss ABWA’s regional conference events. The 2018 conference line-up includes training on negotiations, social intelligence and effectively engaging volunteers; all of which are delivered by expert trainers. 

Effectively Engaging & Empowering Volunteers
Lorinda Lewis

You want your team fully involved in and enthusiastic about the task they are undertaking. When they are excited about the project, they are more efficient, which means better productivity and better results. This seminar will help you find the right mixture of freedom and guidance that will let your team shine!

2017 - 2018 National Board of Directors Announced!  Congratulations!

October 11 - 14, 2017

At the 68th ABWA National Women's Leadership Conference (NWLC), our new National Board of Directors and SBMEF Trustees were elected. Congratulations ladies!  We look forward to your leadership!

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ABWA National Women's Leadership Conference - Lancaster, PA

October 11 - 14, 2017


Mark Your Calendar for the 2017 National Conference!

Freddie Ravel, this year’s keynote speaker, is the internationally acclaimed “Keynote Maestro” who blends his infectious passions for business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world. Backed by #1 hits and collaborative successes with Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Prince, Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops and rock legend Carlos Santana, the #1 chart-topping pianist is the founder of The Rhythm of Success.

ABWA’s Hand of Friendship breakfast, in honor of Inner Circle and 25-year members, is proud to welcome entertainment by StoweGood, an internationally acclaimed touring duo out of Nashville featuring Grammy-nominated Karen Taylor-Good and hit songwriter Stowe Dailey.

The conference will close on Saturday night with a dinner banquet followed by entertainment from the Jersey Tenors. This newest opera/rock mash-up sensation creates an explosive blend of the most iconic opera classics alongside such industry greats as Queen, ABBA, Journey, Elton John and Josh Groban to name but a few.

But they are also “Jersey proud!” and do not forget where they came from as they highlight the best of their New Jersey brethren like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and others

Click Here to view the Conference at a Glance!

Eastern Michigan Council New Board Members

September 9, 2017

Congratulations to the Eastern Michigan Council New Board Members!  Thanks for your commitment to ABWA!

Pictured left to right: Gwen Guy (Vice Chair), Jo Ann Huebner (Chair), Beverly Woods (Communications Officer) and Tammy Murray (Financial Officer)

Looking forward to your leadership!

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Woman of the Year and Top 10 Candidates

April 8, 2017

Congratulations to the Women of the Year and the Top 10 Candidates!  You are all amazing women!  We are lucky to have you within our organization!

2017 New ABWA Annual Theme!  Take Flight in ABWA!

December 29, 2016

A butterfly begins life as a caterpillar, which spends its entire existence consuming the sustenance that will nourish it for a long time.  At the right moment it makes a chrysalis within which it will undergo one of the most miraculous transformations in nature.  Eventually, it struggles to free itself from its self-made protection and emerges as one of the most beautiful creatures on earth - the butterfly.

The butterfly emerges from it chrysalis and soon takes flight into an entirely different life from its obscure beginnings.  We call the process a "metamorphosis," which is exactly what your ABWA experience is designed to engender.

Women are drawn to ABWA because they are seeking a change. Each desires a personal metamorphosis into a new phase of their careers by learning new skills, facing down personal fears, developing leadership abilities, learning to collaborate with peers and enjoying each others' company. Each is seeking to be the best that they can be.

In many respects, ABWA is the protective chrysalis where members are safe to try new approaches in dealing with their jobs, their employers and co-workers. ABWA is a welcoming sisterhood where members are allowed to make mistakes, learn from them and build on the experience in a safe and secure environment.

Soon our members become inspired.  They work to break out and Take Flight, showing the world their brilliant colors and the confidence necessary to face any new challenging situation.

ABWA is changing women's woman at a time.  Take Flight in ABWA in 2017!

2016 - 2017 National Board of Directors Announced!  Congratulations!

October 26 - 29, 2016

At the 67th ABWA National Women's Leadership Conference (NWLC), our new National Board of Directors and SBMEF Trustees were elected. Congratulations ladies!  We look forward to your leadership!

2016 - 2017 District V Vice President Announced!  Congratulations Mary Shindell!

October 26 - 29, 2016

Mary Shindell on stage at the 2016 NWLC giving her campaign speech.

Mary Shindell was elected the ABWA District V Vice President at the 67th NWLC held in Chattanooga, TN.  In her new position, she will be on the National Board of Directors and the Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund (SBMEF) Board of Trustees.  


Mary will be busy in spreading her vision and goals across district V which includes Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.  


We look forward to her leadership and support her throughout this next year!  Congratulations!

District V Celebration at the NWLC in Chattanooga, TN. Pictured with Mary Shindell are all of the past District V VP's that attended the NWLC this year.  Such an amazing group of women!  You inspire all of us!

District V Vice President Candidacy Journey - Marilyn Lash, Tipacon Charter Chapter

Marilyn Lash, District V VP Candidate


Marilyn's journey started soon before the Regional Conference in Indianapolis, IN.  There were nine members that supported her at the conference.

Mary Shindell, Beverly Woods and Marilyn Lash.  These three women experienced their journey together, becoming close friends.

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ABWA National Women's Leadership Conference - Chattanooga, TN

October 26 -29, 2016


Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 National Conference!

Meet us in Chattanooga and be part of a great organization that changes women's lives...ONE WOMAN AT A TIME!


Event Keynotes

Dr. Tererai Trent - one of today’s most internationally recognized voices for quality education and women’s empowerment.  Connie Podesta - Hall of Fame Speaker and Award-winning Author.



The conference will open with the Four Bitchin' Babes, four accomplished musician-actress comediennes.  They will honor and pay tribute to the wacky and hectic lives of women.  Mo'Sol's will perform during the Best Practice Ceremony.


The conference will close on Saturday night with an eloquent dessert reception followed by one of North America’s premier Corporate Presenters, Entertainers, and Peak Performance Experts, Wayne Lee.  

Click Here to view the Conference at a Glance!

ABWA Tipacon Meet and Greet - Membership Drive

May 22, 2016


Tipacon would like to invite you to attend our spring membership drive, which will be held a The Gateway of Clarkston.


Join us to learn more about our fabulous organization and all of the benefits that it offers from resume building, interview preparation, national and regional conferences, top notch seminars, networking, etc.





ABWA Eastern Michigan Council Woman of the Year

April 23, 2016


Congratulations to Julie Sullivan, the ‪#‎ABWA‬ District V Vice President, who has been selected as Eastern Michigan Council's Woman of the Year. 


Nadie Brackins-Holmes awards Julie with a pretty porcelain vase! 


Sandy Schrah congratulating Julie!

Central Regional Conference (Districts III and V) - Indianapolis, IN

April 7 - 9, 2016


Mark Your Calendar for the 2016 Regional Conference Season

ABWA offers members the opportunity to become the leaders they have always aspired to be. Regional conferences are the springboard for members who want to learn more about the Association, Best Practices in league management and develop insights about themselves in managing key moments


Tidbits and Tools

Executive Director René Street and the 2015-2016 National Board of Directors/SBMEF Trustees will present “ABWA Tidbits and Tools” to ensure that league leaders have the knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits they need to manage their group effectively. You will also receive your district’s snap shot as well as initiatives within the Association.


Giving and Receiving Feedback and Constructive Critism

Every time two or more people get together to discuss anything, an opportunity exists to either build relationships or damage them. So when it comes to discussions that require absolute clarity (feedback) and/or potentially sensitive subjects (criticism), it is important that you are skilled enough to handle whatever comes your way—regardless of which side of the table you happen to be sitting.


Handling Conflict and Confrontation for Women

In just one day at this workshop, you will gain skills that will benefit you throughout your entire career—and throughout your life. Your ability to work through disagreements productively and handle confrontation professionally will put you head and shoulders above others and earn the respect of everyone around you.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 7, 2016
1:00pm - 3:00pm          Registration
3:00pm - 6:00pm          ABWA Tidbits and Tools


Friday, April 8, 2016
8:30am - 11:30am        Seminar
11:30am - 1:00pm        Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 5:00pm          Seminar
5:15pm - 6:15pm          Meet the DVP Candidates


Saturday, April 9, 2016
8:00am - Noon              Seminar
1:00pm - 2:30pm          Recognition Luncheon
3:30pm - 5:00pm          Networking Wrap Up

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