We envision an inclusive world where access to opportunity and pay is equal for all.

Our work includes connecting, informing, inspiring and empowering un- and under-represented professionals to dream big, achieve their ambitions and lift others as they rise.

Our origin story

1988

Founded by then California State Assemblywoman and now Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Professional and BusinessWomen’s Conference (PBWC) started as a small group of women gathered around a coffee table.

1989

With an attendance of about 1,500, PBWC hosted its first women’s conference, “Stepping into the 21st Century,” on Thursday, April 27, 1989 at Civic Auditorium, Brooks Hall in San Francisco.

2003

As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to empowering future leaders, PBWC granted its first college scholarship. Since its inception, PBWC’s program has awarded dozens of scholarships totaling over $250,000 to deserving college students.

2013

PBWC introduced the annual Young Women’s Professional Summit to provide women who are in the first five years of their career with skill development, coaching, networking and inspiration to fulfill their dreams.

2014

PBWC’s first Senior Leadership Summit convened industry leaders for an intimate, high-impact discussion of the most pressing business challenges and opportunities, including how equality and inclusion contribute to making progress and positive change.

2017

At PBWC’s “Inclusion Now” conference, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered her “Out of the Woods” speech to a sold-out crowd. The event was covered by major media worldwide.

2019

At PBWC’s “Unstoppable” conference, Geena Rocero shared her inspiring story of overcoming, achieving and empowering others as a courageous leader for trangender women. 

PBWC 30th Anniversary

2019 marked a major milestone for PBWC: Congresswoman Jackie Speier convened the first annual PBWC Conference thirty years ago.

1988

Founded by then California State Assemblywoman and now Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Professional and BusinessWomen’s Conference (PBWC) started as a small group of women gathered around a coffee table.

1989

With an attendance of about 1,500, PBWC hosted its first women’s conference, “Stepping into the 21st Century,” on Thursday, April 27, 1989 at Civic Auditorium, Brooks Hall in San Francisco.

2003

As part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to empowering future leaders, PBWC granted its first college scholarship. Since its inception, PBWC’s program has awarded dozens of scholarships totaling over $250,000 to deserving college students.

2013

PBWC introduced the annual Young Women’s Professional Summit to provide women who are in the first five years of their career with skill development, coaching, networking and inspiration to fulfill their dreams.

2014

PBWC’s first Senior Leadership Summit convened industry leaders for an intimate, high-impact discussion of the most pressing business challenges and opportunities, including how equality and inclusion contribute to making progress and positive change.

2017

At PBWC’s “Inclusion Now” conference, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered her “Out of the Woods” speech to a sold-out crowd. The event was covered by major media worldwide.

2019

At PBWC’s “Unstoppable” conference, Geena Rocero shared her inspiring story of overcoming, achieving and empowering others as a courageous leader for trangender women.

PBWC 30th Anniversary

2019 marked a major milestone for PBWC: Congresswoman Jackie Speier convened the first annual PBWC Conference thirty years ago.

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Meet the management team

Elizabeth Tunquist

Operations Director

 

Liz brings over a decade of experience in the marketing industry with a focus on operations management. Through her leadership, she has successfully overseen hundreds of projects through to completion and supported teams to drive productivity and profitability. As Operations Director at PBWC, Liz is responsible for ensuring operational excellence by… Read more

Meet the 
Board of Directors

Dominica C. Anderson

PBWC Chair

 

Managing pertner of Duane Morris’ Las Vegas office, Member of the firm’s governing partners board, and vice-chair of the Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success steering committee.

Ms. Anderson has over 30 years of experience in high stakes commercial litigation, including banking: shareholder disputes: breach of contract: unfair competition; business interference… Read more