About Us  

Executive & Professional Women's Association (EPWA) was founded in 1982 by a group of enterprising business executive women in Southwest Michigan. It was a groundbreaking event at a time when women were hitting the glass ceiling and feeling the widespread frustrations in the workplace.

The general consensus at the first meeting was that Southwestern Michigan needed a networking organization where working women could meet, network, exchange ideas and develop themselves, both personally and professionally.

From that time forward, EPWA-MI has been a local, non-profit organization that runs totally by the commitment, input, and energy of the members.  Membership is open to women who own their own businesses, have budgetary or human resource responsibilities in companies and or schools, and women who have retired from like positions. 

Throughout the long history there has been a constant theme – “Women Supporting Women”.   EPWA-MI is a varied, knowledgeable resource that is strengthened by 50-plus active members who openly give help and counsel to other members in addition to friendship. 


The group’s goals have stood the test of time and can be measured in the success of each member and the steady number of women who remain members throughout their careers:


  • Encourage the development and support of member’s careers by networking and participation.
  • Encourage an exciting and inclusive atmosphere that values, supports and provides resources to the diversified experiences of our members.
  • Outreach to the community to increase membership.


EPWA-MI meets on the second Tuesday of September through May.  Meetings start with open networking followed by a short business meeting that includes individual introductions and announcements.  The guest speakers provide timely and informative business or community related topics that are open for members to ask questions and relate personal experiences.

If you are interested in learning more about our organization, please contact any of our board members or email us at epwami@yahoo.com

A selection of our past topics:

Women's Health
Careers & Networking
Information Technology
Financial Planning


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