Mission Statement

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.


In the 1940s, working women were making new inroads to the business world. Women were changing the face of industry and having a positive economic impact. Hilary A. Bufton Jr., a Kansas city businessman, recognized women's potential, and saw the need for an organization to support and empower them to reach their career goals. As a result, in 1949, Bufton founded the American Business Women's Association. ABWA has dedicated 60 years to women's education and provided workplace skills and career-development training. Professional development remains the cornerstone of ABWA today.

Leadership Structure

The National Board of Directors represents the Association's membership, governing the affairs, policies and business of ABWA on behalf of its members. Board members also serve as trustees of the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF), the Association's national scholarship trust.

ABWA National Headquarters is located in Kansas City, Mo., where a team of professionals develops products, plans national and regional events and administers SBMEF. The team also works closely with the National Board of Directors on all aspects of the Association.

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