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About EWI

Mission Statement

Executive Women International brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.


Our Vision

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


Our Values

Integrity, Excellence, Respect, Collaboration



Executive Women International was established in California in 1938 when Lucille Johnson Perkins recognized the importance of and potential for an association of key women who work with their executives to promote their firms and improve their community. On April 29th of that year, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of California under the name of Executives' Secretaries, Inc. In May 1939, the Los Angeles business community recognized the value of such an organization, that city's chapter was chartered, and EWI was on its way.

Since then, additional cities throughout the United States, Canada and Europe have joined, forming a prestigious and exclusive organization of key firms and individuals. The organization achieved its "international" status when the first Canadian chapter was chartered in Calgary, Alberta in August 1964. During the 30th Annual Meeting of the corporation in 1977, the organization's name was changed to Executive Women International. This change reflected the international expansion of the organization and recognized the changing roles of women in business along with the diverse careers held by its representatives.

Over 1,600 companies and 2,100 representatives are members of EWI today in 57 Chapters located in major cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today's business professionals and their firms.


History of EWI Nashville

The Nashville Chapter of EWI was established on March 21, 1959. There are currently 26 member firms enjoying the benefits of participating in the Chapter. Each member is committed to business networking - connecting with each other as colleagues, helping each other in attaining personal growth as individuals and dedicated to a 20-year philanthropic program which provides scholarships to adults re-entering the workforce through studies in colleges in Nashville and surrounding areas.

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