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The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse backgrounds and to provide opportunities to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.

President's Message:

What is ABWA?  The American Business Women's Association was founded in 1949.  We have been changing women's lives, one woman at a time for over 68 years!  ABWA supports women throughout their careers by providing opportunities to hone leadership skills, access to unsurpassed professional development resources, and national recognition in the largest network of working women in the country.  We are a sisterhood of women who work together to achieve personal and professional growth in a safe environment and to provide mentorship for the journey.

Since 1953, the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF) has been providing grants and scholarships to women pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as ongoing professional development to support career advancement.

The Sky-Hy Chapter was chartered July 7, 1970. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm - meetings consist of networking/dinner/business with program speakers and are held at the Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC. 

Our next meeting will be held Thursday, February 1, 2018  Please RSVP at email: 

ABWA- Sky-Hy Chapter-Featured Speaker on February 1, 2018 @ 6 PM at the Crowne Plaza

Kern Witcher-Retired NOAA/NESDIS ProgramManager will address the ABWA Sky- Hy Chapter at the February meeting. His talk will be on “The Impact of Small Business on Big Business”.

About our speaker

 Mr. Witcher has broad extensive expertise as a leadership professional in the US Government, and at NASA.  He served as the Federal Program Manager of the Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System for 7 years. This system is an archive for all environmental data from NOAA satellite and sensing systems. Prior to this Mr. Witcher served as a NASA program manager at the John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi on the Shuttle main engine program. In addition to his NASA program leadership, he provided pivotal leadership in humanitarian efforts during Hurricane Katrina at this center which was a primary shelter. Those impactful decisions positively addressed the benefits of the many families in the area who stayed there during the storm and the recovery. Mr. Witcher studied at Louisiana State University receiving a BS in electrical engineering, and at the University of New Orleans receiving a MS in Engineering Management, Project Management Organization, Control and Evaluation. Mr. Witcher resides in Weaverville NC with his wife Nancy. Throughout his career, Mr. Witcher has taken an interest in mentoring young people and coaching youth sports.

I hope to see everyone at the meeting. Come and invite a guest.

Barbara  Cheney

    • President

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