About EWI & The Colorado Springs Chapter
Executive Women International History
Executive Women International was established in San Francisco, California, in 1938 when Lucille Johnson Perkins recognized the importance and potential of an association of key women working 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 and that city's chapter was chartered. Since then, additional cities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe have joined the organization, forming a prestigious and exclusive networking organization of key firms and individuals.
The organization achieved its "international" status when the first Canadian Chapter was chartered in Calgary in August 1964. In July 1992, the London Chapter of EWI was chartered and represents the first affiliate established off the North American Continent. A satellite Chapter in Amsterdam quickly followed in August 1993. During the 30th Annual Meeting of the corporation (May 1977), the organization's name was changed to "Executive Women International" to reflect the diverse careers held by its representatives.
Colorado Springs Chapter History
In January of 1983, representatives from the Denver EWI Chapter contacted Wanda Reaves, Vice President of Governmental and Internal Affairs with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, to consider establishing a Chapter in Colorado Springs. An organizing committee was formed.
The Colorado Springs Chapter was chartered on September 21, 1983, at the Broadmoor Hotel, with Wanda Reaves being installed as the first President. The new Chapter established an EWI chartering record with sixty (60) member firms. The formal event was attended by representatives from Dallas, Denver, Lexington, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, Salt Lake City and San Francisco EWI Chapters. The Colorado Springs Chapter has been held in high regard by Executive Women International over the past 28 years as the Chapter continues to be very active and has maintained a near capacity membership.
The Colorado Springs Chapter Today
The Colorado Springs Chapter currently consists of over 40 firms with over 45 representatives and 24 lifetime members. Monthly membership meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Each meeting is held in a different location and programs for meetings include: networking, member firm nights, professional or personal development speakers and/or philanthropic endeavors. Monthly programs are open to all members, their executive and guests.
THE EWI MISSION
Executive Women International is an organization which brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:
- Promoting member firms,
- Enhancing personal and professional development, and
- Encouraging community involvement.
To be the premier worldwide business women's organization