Reaching Out ~ One Step at a Time


The key to keeping current in today’s fluctuating job market is not through cold calling or sending out resumes, but through networking with colleagues, professional organizations, and personal contacts. After all, It Takes a Village, right? This site offers to support you in all the multi-dimensional challenges of your life by providing tools and resources to support your career as well as business and leadership goals.  You will find listed various groups that will help in your search, both national and professional organizations, across a broad spectrum of professions and interests.  All intend to help you shine in a way that a strong, interesting, engaged woman of substance can shine!  Also listed are groups in the Graphic Design area, these are near and dear to my own heart!!

NETWORKING- National Organizations

    • Advancing Women -- This International Network for Women in the Workplace highlights issues for the working woman. Includes an online career center, Today's Women's News feature, forums for discussion, links for networking with international women, personal services resources and links to similar sites. E-mail:
    • BellaOnline -- Online resource for women that has career and networking advice, as well as chat areas and discussion forums for online networking.
    • -- a great networking and mentoring site for women, from all over the world. Includes both online resources and network, as well as local chapters in some U.S. cities. For all women, from college student to CEO. Free to job-seekers.
    • -- Another online women's resource with career and networking advice, and chat areas and message boards for online networking.
    • Business Women's Network (BWN) -- Is dedicated to the promotion of business and professional women by providing assistance to corporations, businesswomen's organizations and state and federal agencies. BWN strives to be the authority on issues affecting businesswomen and the growth of women-owned businesses. Offers searchable online business women's network directory.

PROFESSIONAL-National Organizations

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
    1111 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: 202-785-7700, E-mail:
    A national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls.
  • American Business Women's Association (ABWA)
    9100 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64114-0728
    Phone: 816-361-6621, E-mail:
    Call the ABWA's national headquarters for local contacts.
  • American Medical Women's Association
    Suite 400, 801 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314
    Phone: 703-838-0500, E-mail:
    Serves female health professionals.
  • American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA)
    401 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
    Phone: 312-664-6610, 800-AWSCPA-1, FAX: 312-527-6783, E-mail:
    The American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants is the devoted exclusively to the support and professional development of women CPAs. The society also addresses gender equity, the glass ceiling, work and family issues. To accomplish its mission, AWSCPA offers in-depth support in six important areas, including networking. AWSCPAís Web site has information about meetings and conferences as well as current job opportunities. Some areas of the site are open to members only.
  • Association for Women in Communications
    3337 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
    Phone: 703-370-7436, Fax: 703-370-7437, E-mail:
    Offers a mentor program and an annual career day.
  • Association for Women in Computing
    Suite 1006, 41 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA, 94104
    Phone: 415-905-4663, E-mail:
    Serves programmers, analysts, technical writers, and entrepreneurs. Contact the national headquarters for local information.
  • Association for Women in Development (AWID)
    Suite 825, 1511 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
    Phone: 202-628-0440, E-mail:
    Serves women working on international-development issues.
  • American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT)
    Suite 200, 1650 Tysons Blvd., McLean, VA  22102
    Phone: 703-506-3290, E-mail:
    Serves women working in electronic media and related fields. Offers job-fax service.
  • Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
    Suite 650, 1200 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005
    Phone: 202-326-8940; 800-886-AWIS, E-mail:
    The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. AWIS has more than 5,000 members in fields spanning the life and physical sciences, mathematics, social science, and engineering. Events at the 76 local chapters across the country facilitate networking among women scientists at all levels and in all career paths.
  • Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT)
    PO Box 65962, Washington, DC 20035, Phone: 202-785-9842
    Monthly events with speakers, periodic seminars on trade topics, and a job bank.
  • Business and Professional Women USA
    1900 M Street NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-293-1100
    Hosts meetings to discuss issues such as equity, job advancement, and networking.
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
    1201 Wakarusa Dr., Ste. C3, Lawrence, KS 66049, Phone: 785-832-1808
    For women working in all facets of commercial real estate. Call the national headquarters for local contacts.
  • Financial Women International (FWI)
    Suite 814, 200 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22203-3128
    Phone: 703-807-2007, E-mail:
    Formerly known as the National Association of Bank Women, FWI serves women in banking and financial services.
  • Federally Employed Women (FEW)
    Suite 425, 1400 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20005-2252
    Phone: 202-898-0994, E-mail:
    Serves women in all levels of the federal government, including the military. Also offers a mentor program and seminars on policy and legislative processes.
  • International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM)
    Department of Music
    George Washington University, NW, Washington, DC 20052, Phone: 202-994-6338
    Serves composers, conductors, performers, and music lovers. Provides venues for female artists to perform and helps promote their shows.
  • National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
    60 East 42nd St., Suite 2700, New York, NY 10165
    Phone: 212-351-6400, E-mail:
    With some 250,000 members nationwide and abroad, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) is the nation's largest businesswomens' association. NAFE provides resources and services through education, networking, and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security. NAFEís Web site provides information about NAFE, its membership benefits and services, and NAFE networks around the country. It also includes articles and information about business and management, selected articles from NAFE's Executive Female magazine, and links to business-related sites.
  • National Association of Insurance Women
    1847 E. 15th St., Tulsa, OK 74104
    Phone: 800-766-NAIW, E-mail:
    Provides opportunities for woman in the insurance industry to expand their circle of business contacts and knowledge through association activities such as state meetings, regional conferences and a national convention. Call the national office to locate local chapters.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
    Suite 1100, 1511 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: 202-638-5322
    Leadership training and a network for women who have been in business for themselves for more than eight years.
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. -- This nonprofit, volunteer organization is involved with community service, leadership develop and enhancing career opportunities through networking and programming. For information on NCBW chapters and programs in your area, contact the national headquarters at 212-947-2196, 38 West 32nd Street, Suite 1610, New York, New York 10001-3816. E-mail:
  • National Women's Political Caucus
    Suite 425, 1211 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-785-1100
    Leadership and campaign-training programs.
  • Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) -- The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) is a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities. Members include women and men doing business in all facets of international trade including finance, public relations, government, freight forwarding, international law, agriculture, sales and marketing, import/export, logistics, and transportation. Web site contains information about conferences, events, chapters in the United States and around the world, as well as a job bank. E-mail:
  • Society of Women Engineers
    120 Wall St., New York, NY 10005, Phone: 212-509-9577
    Contact the national headquarters for local contacts.
  • Women in Aerospace (WIA)
    204 E Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: 202.547.0229
    WIA is dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community. Offers networking and professional development opportunities.
  • Women in Housing and Finance (WHF)
    6712 Fisher Ave., Falls Church VA 22046
    Phone: 703-536-5112, E-mail:
    Monthly luncheons, a job bank, professional development, and special-interest groups on insurance, securities, technology.
  • Women in International Security (WIIS)
    Center for Peace and Security Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
    Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20005-1145
    Phone: 202-687-3366, E-mail:
    WIIS (pronounced "wise") is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women working in foreign and defense policy. An international, nonprofit, non-partisan network and educational program, WIIS is open to both women and men at all stages of their careers.
  • Women in Technology International (WITI)
    13351 D-Riverside Drive #441, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
    Phone: 818-788-9484, E-mail:
    WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.
  • Women Presidents' Organization (WPO)
    155 East 55th Street, Suite 4-H, New York, NY 10022
    Phone: 212-688-4114, E-mail:
    An organization for women whose businesses annually gross more than $2 million. The organization's mission states: improving business conditions for women entrepreneurs and promoting the acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all industries.
  • Women's Caucus for the Arts (WCA)
    PO Box 1498, Canal St. Station, New York, NY 10013, Phone: 212-634-0007
    Has established a national network through research, exhibitions, conferences and honor awards for achievement. Call the national headquarters for local contacts.
  • Women's Information Network (WIN)
    Suite 635, 1511 K St., NW , Washington, DC 20005, Phone: 202-347-2827
    A Democratic group that serves mostly younger women. It features a job center and a well-reputed networking event, "Women Opening Doors for Women," in which high-level professional women share their experiences at informal dinner parties.
  • Women's National Book Association (WNBA)
    3101 Ravensworth Pl. , Alexandria, VA 22302 Phone: 703-578-4023
    Serves women in publishing, writing, and editing, as well as those who have an interest in books. Offers professional-development programs.



  • Graphic Artists Guild
    32 Broadway, Suite 1114, New York, NY 10004
    Tel: 212-791-3400 , Fax: 212-791-0333
    New York Chapter
    The purpose of the Graphic Artists Guild is to promote and protect the social, economic and professional interests of its members. The Guild is committed to improving conditions for all graphic artists (including, but not limited to: animators, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, and digital artists) and raising standards for the entire industry. The Guild embraces graphic artists at all skill levels.
  • Society Of Publication Designers
    27 Union Square West, Suite 207, NY, NY 10003
    212.223.3332, fax: 212.223.5880,
    The Society of Publication Designers is dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design. Our members are art directors, designers, photo editors, editors and graphics professionals. Since drafting its charter in 1965, the SPD remains the only organization specifically addressing the visual concerns of print and online editorial professionals. The efforts of the Society and its members also serve to educate and enlighten the public about the importance of magazines and online publications. Editorial design plays a crucial role in shaping and documenting this information and in turn, our common history.
  • Art Directors Club of NY
    106 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001, Tel: 212-643-1440,
    The Art Directors Club is the premier organization for integrated media and the first international creative collective of its kind. Founded in New York in 1920, ADC is a self-funding, not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect, provoke and elevate creative visual communications professionals around the world. It focuses on the highest standards of excellence and integrity in visual communications for the industry, and encourages students and young professionals entering the field. ADC provides a forum for creatives in Advertising, Design, Interactive Media and Communications to explore the direction of these rapidly converging industries.
  • The Professional Association for Design (AIGA)
    164 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10010 | 212-807-1990,
    AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution.
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