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.
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 1,000 companies and 1,100 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 Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 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.|
|1967||EWI of Richmond Chapter was established.|
|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 its 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.|
|2013||EWI Celebrates 75th Anniversary in San Diego, California|
|2018||EWI Celebrates 80th Anniversary in Raleigh, NC|
EWI Corporate Offices
1288 Summit Ave. Ste.107
Oconomowoc, WI 53066