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. 

Sisters in Service to Enhance Resource Sharing

​​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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Vision: We believe in Networking - Networking as the vital linking of people with people and people with services. Our Mission: We support the growth and development of Black Women in general and in business. We believe we're all in the business of living our best lives, as well as the professionals and entrepreneurs among us. We serve to enhance communication between black women, to encourage achievement, and further the economic and personal success of those inside and outside our organization. 

  • 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

WHO WE ARE

In Memoriam





President 2017

Linda Lewis


Vice President

Tanisha Butcher

Recording Secretary

Shawn LaRea Brinkley

Treasurer

Pat Lowe 

Corresponding Secretary

Stacy Jenkins

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
Shawn LaRea Brinkley

OUR MOTTO IS... 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT 

ABOUT BLACK WOMEN'S NETWORK

  • 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