NFBPWC develops the professional, business and leadership potential of women at all levels.


NFBPWC members are part of a global community of women linking over 30,000 members in 110+ countries worldwide.


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State Highlights

Since 1919, The Illinois Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW/Lagrange-Chicago) has been empowering working women to achieve their full potential through advocacy, education, and information. We are an all-volunteer, membership-based organization, comprised of professional women of all ages and professions with the goal of promoting equity for all women in the workplace.

Meeting topics are focused on networking opportunities and addressing issues impacting working women including legislative issues, the wage gap, international business enterprises, marketing yourself at work and effective meeting organization.


Latina Equal Pay Day

BPW/LaGrange-Chicago VP Barb Yong was an organizer of Latina Equal Pay Day Chicago held on October 29, 2020.

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Featured speakers:

  • Moderator Kelly Saulsberry, Director of Policy & Outreach for the City of Chicago, Commission on Human Relations
  • Illinois State Representative Anna Moeller
  • Cherita Ellens, President and CEO of Women Employed 
  • Linda Xóchitl Tortolero, President and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Acción 
  • Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza 
  • Illinois Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton



President: Kathleen Ray 
Vice President: Barbara Yong
Secretary: Barbara Miller
Treasurer: Mary Lou Lowery


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