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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, currently at the Olive Garden, Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC, 6 pm

Our next meeting will be held Thursday, September 7, 2017

  • Starting the new ABWA year the top priority will be to set the chapter's goals, make any revisions to chapter by laws, and  set the 2017/2018 budget. For the Sept 7 business meeting there will be a membership workshop to review and approve (vote) these important items.  The vote will occur after any discussion on these items. So I would like to encourage every member to attend this meeting.

  • Inclusive in our goals will be a commitment to either the Stephen Bufton Scholarship fund, or to send some members to ABWA conference events. If the chapter decides to go with a Stephen Bufton Scholarship, there are deadlines to meet in order to keep the funds local to an Asheville area recipient.  Either of these efforts will require some fund raising efforts to get there.
  • We will need a fundraising committee formed. Any fund raisers will need to include a budget and  a plan with objectives.
  • I am looking forward to seeing you on the 7th of September and hearing your comments and ideas.

Best Regards

Barbara  Cheney


Please RSVP at email: or abwaskyhychapter@gmailcom

Women's Leadership Conference, October 11-14, 2017, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

"Changing Women's Lives One Woman at a Time"


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