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Letter from the President.

I would like to express how much it means to me to be your 2014-2015 President. I joined the Victoria Professional Express Network, “VPEN”, in 2010 and I have had the opportunity to serve on the board in several positions. I joined this organization because of what it stands for. ABWA clearly recognizes and promotes their members with giving us the tools to grow not only professionally but personally. The theme I chose for this year is: “The Wings of Angels Will Help Us Soar Thru the Year”.

I am the owner of Golden Wings Home Décor, Gift Shop, and Boutique. Golden Wings has a very intimate and warm feel with the inspirational and spiritual gift items that are displayed throughout the store. Our Women’s Boutique and Children’s Corner have taken a life of their own by the vision from my daughter-in-law and store manager, Marissa Mead. We opened our doors August 2012 to the welcoming echo’s from my VPEN sisters. I would not have had the courage to make this step if it wasn’t for the VPEN relationships I have formed to help me with making smart business decisions.
We as VPEN members are here to GROW, to SUPPORT, and to ENCOURAGE each other in the journey. This is the time to utilize the tools that are available to us through ABWA in WIN. Get INVOLVED, “What you get out of it, depends on what you put into it.” Lasting FRIENDSHIPS are made. SHARE your experiences. Build CONFIDENCE. Question is: What do you want to get from your membership with ABWA/VPEN?
I would like to thank my board officers and chairs to saying YES when they were asked to serve. Every year is different due to the individual dynamics that the President brings to the VPEN table. I have every confidence in VPEN that this year, 2014-2015, will be FANTASTIC.
Meredith Golden

Greetings ABWA sisters! On behalf of the National Board of Directors, we want to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. We have so many exciting projects and events to come this year that we cannot wait to share them with you!

The VISION of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA)....is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, support, and national recognition.

Business Skills Tuition Reimbursement Program

The  Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) exists to provide educational grants and scholarships to women pursuing post-secondary educational goals as well as ongoing professional development in order to support their career advancement and to help them become the role models, mentors and leaders of the future. In partnership with SBMEF, VPEN is offering multiple opportunities to financially assist our members and our community with educational costs.
The Business Skills Tuition Reimbursement Program provides workingwomen an opportunity to participate in professional development workshops and/or seminars offered by an accredited, licensed, or state-approved institution in the United States. Coursework such as ABWA-KU MBA Essentials, Park University’s Women as 21st Century Leaders, Rockhurst University and Franklin Covey offered at ABWA nationally sponsored events and/or other programming like real estate license and desktop publishing are examples of non-degree coursework that would meet the course criteria for the Business Skills Tuition Reimbursement. Coursework must enhance the applicant’s career objectives.  Applicants may apply for up to one half of the tuition up to a maximum amount of $500 each year (minimum amount of $50).  Applications for reimbursement must be submitted AFTER the completion of the course, but within 90 days of course completion.  Online application process includes submission of a receipt, course description, rationale for attendance, and verification of the institution’s or organization’s credentials. To complete the online application, please contact the VPEN Professional Development Chair, Rachel Nessel, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The $1500 Outright Grant Program offers junior level (or higher) college students a scholarship that helps to offset costs associated with their college tuition, books and fees.  ABWA members and nonmembers may apply for an Outright Grant scholarship.  Both full-time and part-time students qualify.  Eligibility requirements:
· The applicant must be a female U.S. citizen.
· The applicant must have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.
· The applicant must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
· The applicant must be seeking a baccalaureate degree or higher (i.e. Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate Degrees).
· The applicant must be attending an institution authorized to confer degrees at the baccalaureate level or higher in the United States.
To complete the online application, which requires a current official transcript, a biographical sketch, and three professional letters, please contact the VPEN Professional Development Chair, Rachel Nessel, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The entire application process for the Outright Grant scholarship must be completed by March 31st. A minimum of three qualified applicants must be submitted for an Outright Grant scholarship to be awarded.
The $1000 VC Impact Scholarship is a new Special Scholarship offered by VPEN in 2013 to assist the “non-traditional” Victoria College student obtain an Associate’s degree or prerequisites to transfer to a 4-year institution.  ABWA members and nonmembers may apply for an Impact Scholarship.  Both full-time and part-time students qualify.  Eligibility requirements:
· The applicant must be a female U.S. citizen.
· The applicant must attend (or plan to attend) Victoria College in Fall 2013.
· The applicant must have graduated high school prior to 2007.
To complete the online application, which requires a current official transcript, a biographical sketch, and three professional letters, please contact the VPEN Professional Development Chair, Rachel Nessel, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The entire application process for the Impact Scholarship must be completed by March 31st. A minimum of three qualified applicants must be submitted for the Impact Scholarship to be awarded.
SBMEF also offers National Scholarships each year in the amounts of $5000 and $10,000.  All national scholarships have their requirements designated by the SBMEF Board of Trustees. The national scholarships are open to women meeting the requirements of each scholarship.  A minimum of three qualified applicants must complete the application process for each scholarship to be awarded.  To view the requirements or to apply for the scholarships, visithttp://sbmef.org/Scholarships.cfm.

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ABWA is a national association dedicated to the professional development of today’s businesswoman. We add in networking and recognition opportunities and you get the three essential elements for career achievement.

 

We will keep you informed of the latest trends impacting businesses today, help you maintain and/or update your business skills, and will be there for you to develop long term business relationships with other savvy businesswomen.

 

Remember, it’s not only what you know, but whom you know, and who knows you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.a member of our executive team today so we can answer any questions you have about ABWA and the Victoria, Texas Chapter.

 

 

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