The Women Presidents' Organization (WPO) is a non-profit organization that gathers women presidents of companies and entrepreneurs to share insights and discuss different business topics.
Founded in 1997 by Marsha Firestone, the WPO is based around the principle of 4 Cs: Collaboration, Confidentiality, Commitment, and Connections. The organization has now 142 chapters, hosted monthly and locally in different cities around the world. Every chapter is confidential and serves the purpose to empower and educate businesswomen in multi-million dollar companies.
Professionally trained facilitators guide each chapter, helping to maintain a good group dynamic. Approximately 20 women from different industries and backgrounds participate in each chapter, to discuss business issues and accelerate their growth.
The community can be accessed by a membership that requires paying an annual fee. There are five member levels:
Peer-based advisory groups:
Diverse women meet monthly at WPO to share their experiences and the expertise they accumulated through the years.
Every chapter is confidential and provides a safe space to discuss business topics.
You can know other women in multi-million dollar companies and learn from them about business and leadership.
Helping and empowering minorities:
By increasing the visibility of businesswomen that became presidents or entrepreneurs, WPO and its members help to empower women from all over the world.
Access to exclusive events and learning opportunities
To be a woman president of a company with annual revenue of at least $2 million ($1 million if service-based). There are five member levels with different requirements:
WPO host 142 in-person monthly chapters around the globe. Each chapter is composed of approximately 20 women, who are entrepreneurs or presidents of a company.
The participants discuss business topics regarding financial and operational issues, in a roundtable format. The women who participate in each chapter are from diverse industries and backgrounds, adding valuable diversity of viewpoints in each meeting.
WPO's chapters are moderated by "Chapter Chairs", business owners professionally trained to guide each chapter. The meetings have a very clear purpose: to serve as a peer advisory group where each woman shares insights and gets help for their specific businesses concerns.
Prudential, a WPO's sponsor, is hosting a series of seminars in 2021: "Building a financial wellness foundation for employers and their employees". These seminars are exclusive to WPO members and their employees.
There are other WPO's member-only events, just like this one. Almost all of the events are organized with the purpose of further expand education and make learning resources available for women presidents.
There are many events you can access by being a WPO member. Here are some of the most important:
Events like these are ideal to network and meet other women who have been through similar experiences, amplifying and growing your professional network.
On WPO's website, you can find several educational resources regarding racial equality, business, financial, legal, among other topics of interest for the community's members.
"You can access to leaders who have grown companies to a billion dollars, you take those lessons learned back to your organization to be able to grow and scale as well... The secret sauce is the membership, in being able to network with those members." -Tabatha Turman