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Our Mission

Our Goal, Vision & Commitment

You Get Out What You Put In


Innovative Women in Business

IWIB is the Woodlands Texas Chapter of the American Business Women's Association. We meet for brunch on the second Tuesday morning of every month and have mixers and special events throughout the area. Please check out our events and join us, you can register here


Innovative Women in Business Vision Statement

We are a collaborative group of professionals, empowering members in a safe environment, to grow and learn through networking, education, and recognition, while connecting with, and supporting the community.

What is ABWA

Women have always worked, whether it was in the home or in the business sector.  During the height of WWII, women were not only encouraged to enter the workforce, were deluged with propaganda to join the workforce because it was their patriotic duty. When the war was over, many women lost their jobs, and were reminded that their first responsibility was to their home and their family.


On September 22, 1949, Shirley Cupp, Irma Beisel, Frances Stuckey, and Mr. Hilary Bufton Jr. met in a coffee shop in downtown Kansas City to incorporate the American Business Women’s Association at a time when it was considered socially unacceptable for women to pursue a full-time career, have a girls night out or even join an association.


A statement made by Mr. Bufton in the early 50s summarizes ABWA’s impact on societal norms: “In many ways, the first generation of ABWA members were breaking tradition…Without even knowing it, I guess they were paving the way for today’s women.”


While women’s opportunities and pay in the business sector have evolved, there is still work to be done.  Breaking barriers for women and on behalf of women is nothing new in ABWA.   We’ve been doing so since 1949! 




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.




More than 5,000 business/networking meetings are hosted each year in hundreds of cities across the nation. Find a local ABWA community near you.  If an opportunity is not available, start a new chapter in your city.  To get contact Angela at

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ABWA Linked In Page

ABWA One Membership, A Lifetime of Value Brochure

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Partner Organizations

Houston Area Council

Federation of Houston Professional Women



Behind Every Successful Woman is a Tribe of Other Successful Women that have her back...  Welcome to your Tribe.

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.

Diane Mariechild

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