What is EWIEWI is an international nonprofit organization of leading noncompetitive business, 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
Principles of EWITo bring together key individuals from member firms of Executive Women International to:
The History of EWIFounded 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 conceptâ€"a business organization that helped develop the skills and contacts, along with expanding the business horizons of its top female workersâ€"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 3000 companies and 3500 representatives are members of EWI today in 75 chapters located in major cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
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
EWI Corporate Offices3800 South 2300 East, Suite 211
Salt Lake City, Utah 84109
Toll Free: 1.877.4EWI-NOW
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