International History

Executive Women International® (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 Executives' Secretaries, Inc.

Executive Women International  was recognized in the September 1996 issue of Money Magazine as one of the top twelve scholarship opportunities in the nation. This was for the EWISP (EWI Scholastic Program - scholarships to encourage, motivate and assist high school seniors pursuing a four year college degree). Read more



EWI of Chattanooga History

EWI of Chattanooga was chartered in 1987 by the Nashville Chapter, with Ann Chapman serving as our chartering officer. Press Release. In the summer of 1984 Nashville hosted the first function, a luncheon in one of the train cars at the Chattanooga Choo Choo to explain EWI. The room was filled with individuals from the various businesses and government offices in Chattanooga. From 1984 until we chartered, Ann Chapman traveled to Chattanooga on a regular basis to conduct coffees, wine and cheese parties, and other informal meetings trying to get enough members to charter a chapter.

In late 1986 we realized it was difficult to get individuals to commit to an organization that really didn't exist. So the core group of interested individuals got together and elected officers, set regular monthly meetings with speakers and charged dues. We needed 40 members to charter.

We were finally able to get 34 paid member firms, and Corporate allowed us to charter on May 13, 1987 with 34 firms. Chartering night was a very impressive black tie event in the Silver Ballroom of the Read House with extensive newspaper and media coverage. The Corporate President and other Corporate officers attended as well as a large group from the Nashville Chapter. Other Chapters represented were Seattle, San Jose/Santa Clara Valley, Baton Rouge, Charlotte, Birmingham and San Fernando Valley. Also in attendance were representatives from City government, the Chamber of Commerce, executives from our members firms, spouses and friends. Read more

Past Presidents of EWI of Chattanooga

Past Boards of Directors of EWI of Chattanooga

Chartering Member Firms of EWI of Chattanooga


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