PBWC provides skill development, networking opportunities and inspiration to women at all levels to achieve their own ambitions and collectively advance gender equality in professional settings. Because of your continued interest and participation, PBWC has grown over the last 31 years into an incredible community of businesswomen, mentors, and thought-leaders that supports the professional advancement and personal development of all female professionals.
Working together as the Professional BusinessWomen of California, we will move our members forward and increase access to managerial positions, executive offices, and board appointments. United, we can and will transform our vision of 50/50 representation from aspiration to actuality.
Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) was founded in 1989 by United States Congresswoman Jackie Speier. The spark for its creation was lit by the overwhelming response to a Women’s Day for San Mateo County Women event led by Speier in 1988.
In April of the following year, the Professional & BusinessWomen’s Conference was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Since then, the board of directors has evolved from its initial membership of long-term volunteers from the public sector to its present composition of corporate executives, entrepreneurs and leaders from both the public and private sectors.
In 1998, the organization announced its new name, Professional BusinessWomen of California. This step acknowledged the far-reaching success of the organization’s efforts and its commitment to increasing the awareness and influence of PBWC throughout the state.
PBWC is headquartered in Northern California, and is one of the largest women’s organizations, boasting a diverse community of over 35,000 professionals worldwide, corporate sponsors and media partners. It conducts community events, monthly webinars and conferences for women’s professional and personal growth and development through tools, training workshops, resources, mentoring and motivation. The organization also presents an annual academic scholarship to a minimum of three California women who are high school seniors.
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Invest in yourself and your career year-round with PBWC. Membership benefits include access to: local, national and international women leaders, networking and development opportunities, and a community in support of women’s advancement.Become a PBWC Member
If you are interested in becoming a speaker at any of PBWC’s events, please click on the button below to fill out an application.Speaker Application
The deadline for the 2019 scholarship program has passed. Please check back in November for the 2020 scholarship program information.Learn more about the scholarship program