BWOI network was envisioned by three friends who wanted to provide peer support for executive level Black women who sat isolated across organizations - oftentimes as the only, or one of very few women of color at her level in her organization.
BWOI was launched in 2007 providing networking forums for these cross-industry women to keep them connected for sharing genuine, authentic and noncompetitive peer support.
By 2011, the women were asking for more opportunities to support each other as well as emerging mid-level professional women struggling to achieve similar levels of success.
BWOI has since organically grown into an organization that supports ALL levels of multicultural professional women. Those who may have a seat at the table but need support and encouragement to "stay there"; as well as those who have the potential to sit at the table but need development and inspiration to "get there".
BWOI membership consists of cross-industry, multi-generational, junior to executive level women of color.
We come from diverse industries: financial services, healthcare, legal, media, retail and more.
We are CEOs, corporate and non-profit executives, entrepreneurs, lawyers, educators, young professionals, and most recently college students.
We are trailblazers who have broken through barriers and opened doors for ourselves and others to pass through.
We are leaders in business and in the community.
Our diversity makes us a unique organization that welcomes all women who share a commitment to do what we can, however we can, from where we sit across organizations, levels and generations to make a difference for others.