W.o.m.e.n. in America

Our Story


IN 2008, a group of Senior Executive female leaders from various organizations met at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women’s Summit.These women discovered that they shared a passion for helping professional business women in our country, who are early in their career lifecycle, develop and advance their careers. Through mentoring, education and networking they wanted to give promising young women the tools and skills they might not learn in business school or even on the job, to successfully navigate the challenges of the workplace.



In 2009, the group founded W.O.M.E.N. in America (WOMEN OPTIMIZING MENTORING, EDUCATION AND NETWORKING). The vision was simple: Give women the skillset and tools they need to penetrate C-suites, board rooms and other positions of influence, in increasing numbers. In January of 2010, WIA welcomed its first class of mentees.


Since its inception in 2010, WIA has expanded to over 200 mentors and mentees with a new class of mentees being accepted every 2 years. These women represent the best and brightest future leaders of business and industry in America. Through year-round mentorship, education, and networking opportunities, the vision of the founders of WIA continues to flourish and make tangible impacts on the lives of women in business.