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  • 29 Jul 2022 9:32 AM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    What do I wear? Great question and here are some suggestions:

    Thursday night is casual for our Welcoming Reception in the evening.

    Friday is our Board of Directors meeting; most attendees will be wearing business attire.

    Saturday, we will wear white during the day to recognize the women suffragists who paved the path for women in the USA before us. This is the day of our General Assembly, so a white suit, white jacket, or white blouse would be appropriate. Most attendees will be wearing business attire during the day.

    Saturday night is our Gala event. Take this opportunity to shine and bring something dressy to wear as we celebrate. A cocktail dress, a fancy scarf, a lovely pant suit, and other “glamorous” items will be appropriate. Have fun with this night. It is an opportunity to share yourself, your culture, and your fashionista side!

    Sunday morning will be casual as we say goodbye. Some attendees will be participating in off-site tours and some will be departing. We will have one final Board of Directors meeting that will close out this conference as we start to look toward the next 2-year term.

  • 8 Jul 2022 5:26 PM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    Rules for candidates and campaigns for the 2022 Executive Committee General Assembly elections:

    • The NFBPWC email list will not be shared and cannot be used by any candidate to promote their campaign or candidacy.
    • No campaign materials are allowed to be distributed in the General Assembly room, onsite.
    • Campaign materials may not be larger than standard letter size paper (8.5 x 11).
    • Campaign materials are expected to be appropriate, ethical, and keep within the professional standards that align with the mission of NFBPWC and its members. The Nominations Chair will enforce these standards and determine any violations of these rules.
    • Endorsements are allowed by members.
    • The Board or Directors and/or Executive Committee may not directly or indirectly endorse one specific candidate over another.
    • Campaigns cannot begin until July 6, 2022.
    • Social media campaign rules:
      • It is not appropriate to request that the NFBPWC Public Relations Chair,  or PR Committee members, create campaign posts. The Public Relations Chair will review and approve all social media campaign materials prior to posting them on any NFBPWC social media platforms.
      • Candidates may post on their own social media platforms, any tagging of NFBPWC in posts will be reviewed and approved by the NFBPWC PR Chair.
      • You may not use the NFBPWC seal anywhere in your campaign marketing materials (photos, etc.), as NFBPWC does not endorse one candidate over another, and we do not want to create the appearance of such an endorsement.
    • Please note that the Executive Committee and the Nominations Chair reserve the right to make changes to these campaign rules and regulations at any time as we see fit.
  • 13 Jun 2022 3:45 PM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    The theme for the 2022 General Assembly is Together, Again.

    As NFBPWC members we are all part of an intricate puzzle that empowers us to develop the professional, business and leadership potential of women at all levels. At this year’s conference, we will be celebrating our connections that make us a stronger organization as we unite and advocate for women.

    Valuable expertise

    Because our NFBPWC leaders - all over the country - keep us focused and drive us forward as an organization, we are proud to have several as our special guest speakers who will highlight their commitment and experience during the 2022 General Assembly.

    On Friday afternoon, attendees will have their choice of 6 breakout session workshops that will follow our theme with focus on Leadership in our organization. Attendees, both in-person and remote, will learn about utilizing NFBPWC resources and connections locally, nationally, and internationally to improve both our organization and our personal lives.

    On Saturday afternoon, we will highlight our Advocacy arm of the organization with 6 different breakout session workshops about our efforts to unite and advocate for women.

    To view the full program: CLICK HERE

    To register for 2022 General Assembly: CLICK HERE

  • 11 Jun 2022 2:19 PM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    Enclosed you will find the forms that need to be completed by all members wishing to run for elective office of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs.

    The term of office is two years.

    The offices that are available are President, First Vice-President Membership, Second Vice-President Advocacy, Treasurer, Secretary and Young BPW (if the bylaw amendment passes).

    We will also be electing a Nominations Chair.This is an elected chair position that serves on the Board of Directors.

    Members of a State Federation or Affiliate Chapter/Club shall be eligible for election.

    Candidates must have served the National Federation in an elected or appointed capacity on a national, state or affiliated chapter/club level for one year prior to the election.

    No more than two candidates from the same State Federation or Affiliate Chapter/Club shall be nominated.

    Signed forms must be returned by: July 4, 2022.

    Nominations can be made from the floor if a full slate is not obtained by the above deadline.

    THE FORMS SHOULD BE EMAILED TO THE NOMINATIONS CHAIR AT NOMINATIONS@NFBPWC.ORG.

    Any questions, please contactnominations@nfbpwc.org.

  • 15 Apr 2022 3:57 PM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    Our Host Hotel

    Embassy Suites Sacramento

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

    100 Capitol Mall Sacramento, California 95814 USA, 

    Book a Room              More About Hotel

    RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY JULY 14, 2022

    Register for the 2022 General Assembly

    Why Stay Here

    • Our group rate is only $219 plus tax.
    • All sessions will take place at the host hotel. You will be in close proximity to programming and your fellow attendees, which helps you maximize your time at the conference.
    • No money down, cancellations by August 3, 2022.
    • The hotel overlooks the Sacramento River, next to the iconic Tower Bridge.
    • You'll be within a 10-minute walk of the Old Sacramento Waterfront District and events at the Golden 1 Center.
    • All Suites include a full cooked-to-order breakfast and two-hour beverage reception nightly.
    • The hotel makes sharing a room easy with only a charge of $25 per night for each additional guest in suite (if more than 2 adults per suite).
    • Valet Parking available at $35 per night (based on availability). Self-Parking is located in the city garage adjacent to the hotel.
    • Hotel to provide complimentary in-room wireless internet to all overnight guests during event dates.

    Other ways to book a room using the Convention discount:

    1. Visit www.sacramento.embassysuites.com and make a reservation using the group/convention code: NFB
    2. Call (916) 326-5000 and let the Front Desk Agent know you would like to make a reservation under the Biennial General Assembly discounted rate.
  • 27 Jan 2022 11:20 AM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    Shared from American Airlines Flight Service magazine:

    Emily VanVleck flight attendant

    When the government withdrew U.S. troops from Afghanistan last year, it led to thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing Taliban rule and relocating to other nations, including the U.S. For LGA-based flight attendant Emily VanVleck, who was furloughed in 2020 and then took an EVLOA to return to college, it presented an opportunity to help some of the displaced Afghan women.
    ​​​​​​​
    Majoring in international studies, with a double minor in public policy and human rights, she had just wrapped up an internship with the National Federation of Business and Professional Women – New York City (NFBPWC/NYC). To celebrate, she and fellow interns had their first in-person meeting with their chapter president in Central Park. A discussion about the plight of the refugees ensued, and the
    Afghan Women Project was born.

    "We realized there are no resources meant to help business and professional migrant women who arrive in the U.S., and we sought to fill that void," she said.

    Emily VanVleck in black shirt

    Flight attendant Emily VanVleck (in black shirt) and members of the Afghan Women Project collect donations of winter clothes and head coverings.

    After getting to know some of the women, Emily found their stories inspirational. She said there are many professionals among them (doctors, lawyers, teachers, etc.) and many who were in college when the Taliban took over. Part of the project's mission is to provide them with the tools to pursue their dreams in America. The project created a guidebook on shortening the acclimation process, offering a mentoring program, using its advocacy platform to solve resettlement issues, and finding resources to ease the transition. As a founding member, Emily has played a central role.

    "I have worked to develop the project and create relationships with various agencies working with the displaced Afghans," she said. "I conducted interviews with women … to gather information for our guidebook. I also ran point for the winter clothing drive, heading meetings with the various collaborating organizations."


    She said the winter clothing drive was an enormous success. With assistance from the Interfaith Center of New York and other community organizations, they gathered over 40 boxes of new and gently used clothing for the families and raised over $10,000.

    The group also initiated a program called Zoom Pals to help the Afghan women practice their English skills and make friends. Emily keeps in touch with some of them via text messaging, and she was elated when one young woman texted that she was her first friend in America.

    "I have worked tirelessly on this project since August, spending every moment of my free time moving it forward," said Emily, who graduates in May. "Hearing that I was someone's first friend in America gave me inexplicable joy and assured me that this project is working and already affecting people." 
  • 20 Jan 2022 10:29 AM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)


    National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC) Sponsors the ERA Coalition Rally for Equality on January 27th, 2022 – 12 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, DC – The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs is sponsoring the ERA Coalition Rally for Equality on January 27th, 2022 to take place with the following timeline:

    • 12 Noon ET - Rally at the White House (also livestreamed)
    • 1:30 pm ET - Delegation of volunteers marches to Department of Justice
    • 2:30 pm ET - Delivery of petition signatures to the Department of Justice

    January 27, 2022 is the 2-year anniversary of Democratic attorneys general for Illinois, Nevada and Virginia filing arguments as part of an appeal to a 2020 lawsuit to formally recognize the Equal Rights Amendment and extending the deadline for ratification.

    ERA advocates believe that despite some court rulings affirming protections against gender-based discrimination in recent decades, the amendment is still necessary to address legal loopholes around discrimination in work as well as domestic and sexual violence.

    Linda Coberly is Chair of the ERA Coalition’s Legal Task Force, a group of constitutional scholars working toward ratification, noted that additional language in the ERA text states that the amendment takes effect two years after final ratification — in this case, January 27, 2022, which connotates when the Virginia legislature finalized its approval of the amendment in 2020.

    NFBPWC is participating in the rally and has stepped forward to sponsor and support the ERA Coalition collective voices on important legislation and the actions required to make the Equal Rights Amendment constitutional law.

    Quote Megan Shellman-Rickard, NFBPWC National President

    “We stand by the ERA Coalition and its important work to give women in the United States true equality without exception.”

    As part of our core values which also align with the goals of the Coalition, NFBPWC has made available to their membership and the public a campaign to petition ratification. The "Take Action" Online Tool helps advocates navigate the petitioning and proper communication to tell your Senators to “Step Up for the ERA!” 

    In solidarity with our sisters, and the ERA Coalition, #RiseUp4ERA

    Link to Livestream: https://fb.me/e/Zmhd6vJW

    About the NFBPWC

    The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC) was founded in 1919. In 1930, Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, a co-founder of the NFBPWC, founded the International Federation of Business and Professional Women.

    NFBPWC-USA is a 103-year-old organization. We are a national network of Business and Professional Women with the objectives of developing professional, business and leadership potential for all women. We advocate for the equal participation of women and men in power and decision-making roles.

    As a member of BPW/International, NFBPWC-USA has consultative status with the United Nations and works closely with many NGOs (non-governmental organizations) throughout the world. Through the work of the New York City Chapter of NFBPWC, we have consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe.

    Former NFBPWC members are pioneers of the women’s equality movement, and include four first ladies of the United States, a US supreme court justice, authors, and esteemed business leaders.

  • 16 Nov 2021 1:05 PM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    Colin Powell School Fellows Assist Displaced Afghan Women and Girls to Settle in the US

    LINK: Vol 42 Newsletter

    Colin Powell School seniors Djenabou Bah and Emily VanVleck have developed a project to assist refugee women and girls from Afghanistan in meeting their basic needs and adapting to life in the US. The Afghan Women Project is collecting clothing and other needed resources, providing mentorship and guidance on integrating into American Life, and advocating for support for the refugees.

    Bah and VanVleck started the project as summer interns at the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, as part of their participation in the Colin Powell School’s Koch Fellowship in Public Service.

    Although their internships have come to an end, Bah and VanVleck have continued as student members of the NFBPWC and have been instrumental in developing their Afghan Women Project. They hope to assist in welcoming Afghan women who have had to leave everything behind and empower them to find opportunity in the United States.

    Find out more or donate to the project and see the call for clothing donations and the call for interviews

  • 16 Nov 2021 10:40 AM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    NATIONAL FEDERATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUBS DONATES HIJABS AND CLOTHES TO AFGHAN WOMEN

    Written by Nancy Arcuri at The Citizen's Voice

    The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC) collected funds and goods vital to the incoming displaced Afghans, notably the women. NFBPWC has been able to provide new undergarments, gently used clothing, bolts of new material and sewing supplies, as well as some 12,000 new hijab hair bonnets. The bolts of material and the hair bonnets were donated through Material for the Arts (MFTA) in NYC. Some of the goods were forwarded to military bases in the Midwest, while a large shipment was delivered to a military base in New Jersey by members of the Special Project for Afghan Women out of the New York City NFBPWC Affiliate Chapter. 

    NFBPWC has learned that strollers, baby clothes, winter coats and winter shoes are also needed. Donations of these materials can be made through Team Rubicon, a Non-Governmental Organization that responds to disasters, health crises, and humanitarian emergencies.

    NFBPWC plans to continue focus on the business and professional women, as well as young women, who will be leaving the bases as residents to start new lives in America. The response from both Team Rubicon and the Department of Homeland Security’s coordinators to our initial donations has been extremely positive. They see us as truly welcoming of these new guests of America – individuals who have placed their lives at risk for our troops and those working in Afghanistan over the past two decades. We are honored and humbled to be able to continue our core mission of advocating for business and professional women in the US, to include the Afghan women refugees. We are preparing to share with these women a series of advocacy programs, diversity and inclusion training efforts, and mentoring programs. These efforts are in collaboration with partners ready to provide employment and support for a positive integration into American cultural norms and customs. Individuals are encouraged to join NFBPWC organization via local Clubs and to participate in the highly respected cultural awareness training, mentoring programs and other advocacy efforts.

    The NFBPWC was founded in 1919. In 1930 Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, a co-founder of the NFBPWC, founded the International Federation of Business and Professional Women. NFBPWC is a national network of Business and Professional Women with the objectives of developing professional, business and leadership potential for all women. We advocate for the equal participation of women and men in power and decision-making roles. Former NFBPWC members are pioneers of the women’s equality movement and include four first ladies of the United States, a US Supreme Court Justice, authors and esteemed business leaders. 

    For more information about NFBPWC or NFBPWC Clubs in California, please visit nfbpwc.org or bpwcal.org.


  • 25 Oct 2021 11:28 AM | Lea-Ann W. Berst (Administrator)

    National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC) Donates Hijabs, and Clothes to Afghan Women

    WASHINGTON, DC – The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs is pleased to follow up on its actions by collecting funds and goods vital to the incoming displaced Afghans, notably the women.

    "We have been able to provide new undergarments, gently used clothing, bolts of new material and sewing supplies, as well as some 12,000 new hijab hair bonnets," shared Megan Shellman-Rickard, NFBPWC President. "The bolts of material and the hair bonnets were donated through Material for the Arts (MFTA) in NYC."

    Some of the goods were forwarded to military bases in the Midwest, while a large shipment was delivered to a military base in NJ by members of the Special Project for Afghan Women out of the NYC NFBPWC Affiliate Chapter, including co-chair Voyka Soto, Emily VanVleck, and student member Djenabou Bah.

    "We have learned that strollers, baby clothes, winter coats and winter shoes are also needed," added Soto. "We encourage donations of these materials through Team Rubicon, an NGO that responds to disasters, health crises, and humanitarian emergencies." 

    NFBPWC plans to continue to focus on the business and professional women, as well as young women, who will be leaving the bases as residents to start new lives in America.

    The response from both Team Rubicon and the Department of Homeland Security’s coordinators to NFBPWC initial donations has been extremely positive. They see the Afghan Women Project as truly welcoming of these new guests of America – individuals who have placed their lives at risk for our troops and those working in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

    "We are honored and humbled to be able to continue our core mission of advocating for business and professional women in the US, to include the Afghan women refugees, Soto continued. "And, we aren't stopping anytime soon. We are preparing to share with these women a series of advocacy programs, diversity and inclusion training efforts, and mentoring programs!"

    These efforts are in collaboration with partners ready to provide employment and support for a positive integration into American cultural norms and customs. Those interested are encourage individuals to join the NFBPWC organization and to participate in their highly respected cultural awareness training, mentoring programs, and other advocacy efforts.

    About the NFBPWC

    The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NFBPWC) was founded in 1919. In 1930, Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips a co-founder of the NFBPWC, founded the International Federation of Business and Professional Women.

    NFBPWC/USA, is a 101-year-old organization. We are a national network of Business and Professional Women with the objectives of developing professional, business and leadership potential for all women. We advocate for the equal participation of women and men in power and decision-making roles.

    As a member of BPW International, NFBPWC/USA has consultative status with the United Nations and works closely with many NGOs (non-governmental organizations) throughout the world. Through the work of the New York City Chapter of NFBPWC, NFBPWC has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe.

    Former NFBPWC members are pioneers of the women’s equality movement, and include four first ladies of the United States, a US supreme court justice, authors, and esteemed business leaders.

    To learn more, visit www.NFBPWC.org.

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