​​Black Women's Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1979, is a beacon in the business community offering a nonpartisan environment for Networking & Mentoring Urban Women in Business, Career and Professional Development.

ABOUT BLACK WOMEN'S NETWORK

Marva Smith Battle-Bey (1979 - 2016)

BWN's Organizing Founder and

President 1979, 2015 & 2016

 Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation

Founder-President & CEO


In Memoriam

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In Memoriam

  • We are first all women in business some of us only in the business of living our best life.
  • Members from a wide range of industries
  • Our members are business owners, decision makers, and many are in management positions and CEOs

WHO WE ARE

A distinguished history...

Black Women's Network (BWN) was formed in March 1979 as the result of the energy of the Black women who attended a regional career conference in Downtown, Los Angeles, California. 


Many of these women in attendance realized the potential strength that could be derived from creating a supportive organization that could serve as a vehicle for addressing the specific needs of professional Black women. Namely, to:

  • Serve as a communication vehicle linking Black females with each other for the purposes of resource sharing, career advancement, patronage of BWN businesses/services and networking;

  • Aid in career strategizing via seminars, role models, Business Forums and Small Support Groups;

  • Assist networking efforts by providing a monthly newsletter and a Member Resource Directory; and

  • Support of our membership and urban women in particular in whatever endeavor they may undertake.

  • Our members patronize other members’ businesses
  • We have members past and present from across Southern California, the US and International.
  • BWN is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors

President 2017

Linda Lewis


Vice President

Tanisha Butcher

Recording Secretary

Shawn LaRe Brinkley

Treasurer

Pat Lowe 

Corresponding Secretary

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Ways & Means

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Historian

Leilani Jones

Community & Public Relations
Gwendolyn Goodman

Program
Georgia Cannon-Alleyne 

Conference

Gwendolyn Goodman

Linda Ard-Bonner 

Parliamentarian
Batima Conerly

Communications-Newsletter
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