About EWI

What is EWI

EWI is an international not-for-profit organization of diverse businesses, service and professional firms. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to 101 firms in any one chapter. The firm holds the membership, while an individual engaged in an executive or key administrative position, and who is appointed by the firm’s executive, serves as its representative.

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The Mission of EWI

Executive Women International (EWI) brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:

  • Promoting member firms
  • Enhancing personal and professional development
  • Encouraging community involvement


To be a global women’s organization of 5,000 engaged members empowering others for positive change


Integrity | Excellence | Respect | Collaboration

The History of EWI

Founded in 1938 by Lucille Johnson Perkins in San Francisco, the organization originally was called Executives’ Secretaries Inc. Its intent was to bring together key women who worked with top executives of first-rate firms in noncompetitive areas of business.

Business leaders in major cities across the country were quick to recognize the value of the group and give it backing.

This was an entirely new concept – a business organization that helped develop the skills and contacts, along with expanding the business horizons of its top female workers all under the umbrella of the firm’s membership in the group.

The organization achieved its “international” status when the first Canadian chapter was chartered in Calgary, Alberta in August 1964.

With women’s roles growing in the management work force, and more and more Representatives holding executive positions, in 1977 the organization became Executive Women International during the 30th Annual Meeting of the corporation (May 1977). This change reflected the international expansion of the organization and was meant to recognize the changing roles of women in business and the diverse careers held by its representatives.

Over 2000 companies and 2500 representatives are members of EWI today in chapters located in major cities in the United States and Canada.

To date, thousands of women and men have served as volunteers on boards and committees. The volunteer corporate board that directs EWI ensures quality leadership and guidance. Chapters are also managed by volunteer boards who are elected by representatives of the chapter.

EWI’s corporate office, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, provides administrative support services and membership resources to the entire association.

Milestones in EWI History

1938 Executive Secretaries Inc., the forerunner of Executive Women International held first meeting on March 8.
1964 First Canadian chapter chartered.
1974/5 Organization awarded the first scholarship.
1977 Name changed to Executive Women International
1992 EWI targeted literacy as international philanthropy project.
1992 ASIST Scholarship first awarded.
1992 EWI’s first European chapter chartered.
2001 Academy of Leadership offered training in leadership techniques that can be applied in the workplace.
2003 Academy Of Leadership: The Alumni Module graduates it’s first class at the 2003 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.
2004 The Executive Women International Global Alliance is developed.
2004 The Academy Online: Certified Professional Leaders program is launched.
2012 EWI of Richmond Celebrates 45th Anniversary
2013 EWI Celebrates 75th Anniversary in San Diego, California
2017 EWI of Richmond Celebrates 50th Anniversary
2018 EWI Celebrates 80th Anniversary in Raleigh, NC

EWI Corporate Offices

1288 Summit Ave. Ste.107
PMB 124
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Email: ewi@ewiconnect.com

Web: ewiconnect.com