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New Member Orientation. 1919 > 2009 > Present. In 2009, BPW NYS voted to change its name to New York State Women, Inc. To Build Powerful Women Personally, Professionally and Politically Is a membership organization with over 600 members. The National Organization was founded in 1919

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1919 2009 present
1919 > 2009 > Present

In 2009, BPW NYS voted to change its name to New York State Women, Inc.

To Build Powerful Women Personally, Professionally and Politically

Is a membership organization with over 600 members

  • The National Organization was founded in 1919
  • To Achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information
  • Voted in 2009 to dissolve BPW/USA and merge with BPW Foundation
our history
Our History

Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 1920

Women Celebrate

the Passage of the

19th Amendment

granting them the

right to vote


In the 1970s, Women march in Washington supporting ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which BPW/NYSW first formally endorsed on July 17, 1937.

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Equal Pay Day: April 8, 2014

To underscore the economic inequity women face in their jobs, BPW launched its

Red Purse Campaign

with the theme

“Better Pay for Women” in 1987.


2003 marked the 75th Anniversary of National Business Women's Week™. In recognition of the vital role of women in business, leaders of BPW/USA and the BPW Foundation rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Tuesday, October 21, 2003.

This was the first time in the history of the NYSE that ONLY women were on the platform to ring the bell.

programs offered by nysw
Programs offered by NYSW
  • Athena Society
  • Chair and Leadership opportunities
  • Career Recognition Program
  • Women’s Day at the Fair
  • Women’s History Month events
  • Women of the Year





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Programs offered by NYSW
  • New Careerist Program
  • NYS Women in Business Month Achievement Awards (October)
  • Scholarships
    • State affiliates (GLEF/CDO)
    • Local Chapter Programs





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Programs offered by NYSW
  • Advocacy
    • Statewide efforts to effect change
    • National, State and Local Issues
    • Information on current issues
    • Training on how to contact your local, state or federal legislator
  • Political Development Program






Is a state-wide membership organization with

Meetings are held throughout the year


Annual Conference in late May or June

Two Board meetings in the Fall and Spring


Leadership meetings

Fall and Spring Region Meetings


Most hold monthly meetings and special events throughout the year

  • 30 Local Chapters divided into 8 Regions
      • Nassau & Western Suffolk
      • Bay Ridge Brooklyn, Richmond County, Staten Island
      • Capital Region Women’s Network, Professional Women of Sullivan County, Town & Country, Westchester
      • Adirondack, Falls Region, Saratoga, Tech Valley
      • Central NY, Mohawk Valley, PBW of Rome, St Lawrence
      • Gr. Binghamton, Norwich/Tri-Town, Susquehanna, Walton
      • Lake to Lake Women, Professional Women of Finger Lakes, Southern Finger Lakes, Steuben County, Yates County
      • Buffalo Niagara, Chadwick Bay, Clarence, Grand Island,, Jamestown, Lake Shore, Niagara Frontier

Official Publications of NYS Women, Inc.

  • Communicator
    • A monthly newsletter featuring information from the Executive Committee, Standing and special Chairs
  • NIKE
      • the NYS Women, Inc. official magazine that is produced quarterly and distributed to all its members
      • contains Local Chapter news, legislative and educational articles.
    • used to inform, update, and educate all members on the NYSW Mission and Vision.
  • Local Chapter newsletters
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  • charities
  • Insert picture of past events
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ABC’s of NYSW (1 of 4)
  • ARD
    • Assistant Region Director
  • BPW
    • Business & Professional Women’s Club – the original name of NYSW
  • CR
    • Career Recognition Program. One of the mentoring programs of the Personal & Professional Development Programs. Members or potential members who have had a career or volunteer change or advancement and can document their personal growth
  • CDO
    • Career Development Opportunity This affiliated organization of NYSW is a tax exempt fund that promotes out-reach programs and further professional development of Women and high school girls
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ABC’s of NYSW (2 of 4)
  • EC
    • The Executive committee is made up of the Officers. At the State level, they are the President, President-Elect, First and Second Vice Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer
  • GLG
    • The Grace LeGendre Endowment Fund, Inc. This affiliated organization of NYSW is a tax exempt fund that awards fellowships annually to graduate students. AKA GLEF
  • ID
    • The Individual Development Program. The name was changed in 2009 to the Personal & Professional Development Programs.
  • LC
    • Local Chapter
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ABC’s of NYSW (3 of 4)
  • NC
    • New Careerist Program. A mentoring program for potential or current members between ages of 21 and 32 who have a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years in their present position and can document their professional growth.
  • NYSW
    • New York State Women, Inc. Founded in 1919 as the Business & Professional Women’s Club
  • PD
    • Political Development Program. This program is designed to mentor a member or potential member through the legislative or advocacy process.
  • PPD
    • The Personal and Professional Development Programs: CR, NC & PD that culminate in a speech competition at the NYSW Annual conference. 1st place winners are awarded $500, 2nd place $300 and 3rd place $200.
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ABC’s of NYSW (4 of 4)
  • RD
    • Region Director
  • 2009
    • The Year NYSW voted to change its name from BPW; also discontinued or changed the programs trademarked by BPW
  • WHM
    • Women’s History Month (March)
  • WJF
    • Women Joining Forces. A mentoring program for women in the military or transitioning to civilian life. In 2009 changed its name to the Athena Society.
  • YC
    • Young Careerist program. In 2009 the program was changed to New Careerist (NC) Program.
more benefits of nysw membership
More Benefits of NYSW Membership
  • Membership in a professional, statewide organization
  • Access to Statewide database directory
    • Search by Industry or member
  • Networking at state, region and local chapter meetings/ events
  • Member benefit programs
    • Including: Discounted life insurance, marketing materials and web services
  • Development and growth in leadership positions
    • Learn Robert’s Rules and Parliamentary procedure
    • How to organize a presentation, a meeting, a committee
  • Full list available on website
more information
More Information
  • Website :
  • Facebook
  • Local Chapter websites and Facebook

Mission Statement

To Build Powerful Women


Professionally and


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More Information

Questions? Please contact your

  • Local Chapter Membership Chair
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    • Insert email
  • State Membership Chairs
    • Dana Rachlin, Vice Chair
    • Mary Ellen Morgan, Chapter Liaison
    • Neale Steiniger, Chair