American Business Women’s Association

Our mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally, through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.


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American Business Women’s Association

Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be.  Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.

Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts and topics with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’s Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted business products and services!

Make an investment in you – join the leading association for working women and women business owners, the American Business Women’s Association.


Executive Board

Amy Dawson


Cyndie Berglund

President Elect

Yolanda Davis

Vice President, Communications

Lynn Eskew

Vice President, Finance

Pattie Vargas

Vice President, Programs

Velma Landers

Vice President, Membership

Ka’Ryn Holder-Jackson

Vice President, PR/Marketing




Stacey Ballard

Fine Art of Waiting


Cyndie Berglund

St. Andrew Jewelers

Nancy Bircher



Carlene Brown


Licensed Vocational Nurse

Edna Brown

Brown 3 Plumbing


Carol Cade

Oakland Housing Authority


Frances Cohen



Amanda Cuccaro



Debbie Cuccaro



Yolanda Davis



Amy Dawson

Origami Owl Independent Designer

Carol Day

Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific


Laura Dunwood

A Rusty Needle


Artesia DuPree

Just Artesia’s Delights


Lynn Eskew

Diversified Capital Funding


Amber Faust

Girlbrooks, LLC


Veronica Flores



Michelle Gabriel


Ka’Ryn Holder-Jackson, PhD

A’Ryze Consulting


Velma Landers



Linda Patten

Dare2Dream with Linda

Brenda Shahan

Wine Country Home


Deborah Valle

Valle’s Painting & Decorating


Pattie Vargas

The Vargas Group

Kenya Warren

Kween Kwarters


Jenn White

Ron Allen Enterprises Collection Dept.


Vanessa Willis



Empowering Women through Educational Scholarships

Today’s scholarship recipients are tomorrow’s leaders.  ABWA members have provided opportunities for women to achieve their personal and professional best by championing educational opportunities through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). Since 1953, SBMEF has awarded almost 18 million dollars in scholarships to more than 17,000 women. To learn more about available scholarships, go to

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