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2012 Scholarship Luncheon
Above: 2012 Scholarship Luncheon honoring Topekan Carol Wheeler, vice president and professional and regional services officer of Stormont-Vail HealthCare [wearing orange, seated at the head table]. These luncheons, held annually, honor local business women of distinction and raise scholarship funds for female students at Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology.

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Greetings and Welcome to the Career Chapter of the American Business Women's Association's website. We thank you for your interest in ABWA.

Welcome to ABWA Career Chapter, Topeka, KS, 66601

Vision & Purpose
The ABWA Career Chapter nurtures women and all people through its LEGACY:
   Growth, both personal and professional
   Awards and Achievement recognition
   Community presence: and
   Yes to Principles and practices of the ABWA

The chapter affords an opportunity for women to educate themselves by way of featured speakers, ABWA local and national programs, and networking; and encourages women seek and provide support from and for their ABWA sisters and community.  Members are expected to participate in honoring peers, as well as those of distinction, by attending meetings and sharing their gifts.

We also provide opportunities for professional growth to local women in the community by providing scholarships to those attending Washburn University or Washburn Institute of Technology. We raise these scholarship funds through an annual luncheon, which also provides our membership the opportunity to learn skills such as project management and event planning, and really get to know the other members in a meaningful way. The first luncheon was held in 1983, and to-date we have raised over $300,000 for scholarships.  

Over these past 30+ years our March luncheon has become a well-recognized, signature event in Topeka. Roughly 400 people come annually to help us honor and recognize a local woman who has made a positive impact on Topeka and raise scholarship funds.

Our chapter meets at Capitol Plaza Hotel, 1717 SW Topeka Boulevard, Topeka, on the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings start at noon, with networking beginning at 11:45 AM. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings! Please see our Calendar page for a list of speakers and moreABWA membership brochure details on upcoming meetings. If you would like to attend, please contact our Membership Chair, Mary Ann Robison at (785) 231-3041 or email Mary Ann. If you are interested in becoming a member, we encourage you to attend a meeting as a visitor and talk to the membership chair.

Benefits of membership include networking, the opportunity to try new skills, and a support group of women who know what it’s like to juggle personal and professional commitments. For more information on membership access the ABWA Member Packet. (A membership application is available on p. 15 of the packet.) You may also wish to visit the ABWA National website.

We look forward to seeing you at our next chapter meeting and getting to know you!
Eileen Caspers
ABWA Career Chapter President

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