EWI History and Formation


1938-Executive Secretaries Inc., the forerunner of Executive Women International, held first meeting on March 8
1964-First Canadian Chapter chartered
1974/5-Organization awarded the first scholarship
1977-Name changed to Executive Women International
1992-EWI targeted literacy as international philanthropy project
1992-ASIST Scholarship first awarded
1992-EWI's first European Chapter chartered
2001-Academy of Leadership offered training in leadership techniques that can be applied in the workplace
2003-Academy Of Leadership: The Alumni Module graduates it's first class at the 2003 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO
2004-The Executive Women International Global Alliance is developed
2004-The Academy Online: Certified Professional Leaders program is launched
2006-New Chapter Charters in Montgomery, Alabama

EWI was established in 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 Executive Secretaries, Inc.

In May 1939, the Los Angeles business community recognized the value of such an organization, and that city's Chapter was chartered, and EWI was on its way. Since then, additional cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe have joined, forming a prestigious and exclusive networking organization of key firms and individuals.

During the 30th Annual Meeting of the corporation (May 1977), the organization's name was changed to Executive Women International. This change reflects the international expansion of the organization and recognizes the changing roles of women in business and the diverse careers held by its representatives.

Over 3000 companies and 3500 representatives are members of EWI today in 75 Chapters located in major cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today's business professionals and their firms.
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