Happy Spring, everyone!
It’s finally here, and I couldn’t be more excited. Now that winter is over, it’s time to come out of hibernation and get involved in your community. There are so many awesome organizations for women to join not only in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area, but nationwide! Whether you’re looking for a professional organization to join, or a community of young women looking for personal development, each of these listed provides you extensive networks of great women in the fields of communications, technology and politics. Check out the list below!
1. Levo League – Described as “a social good startup designed to elevate young women in the workforce,” Levo League seeks to provide millennial women with the resources they need to excel personally and professionally. With over 20 local chapters, Levo League continues to expand domestically and internationally.
2. Women’s Information Network (WIN) – Based in the Nation’s Capitol, WIN is DC’s premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to empowering young, Democratic, pro-choice women. They host a number of local networking events, and have recently started a chapter in New York City.
3. Color Comm Network – Color Comm is a growing network for women of color in communications. With chapters in DC, Chicago, Atlanta and New York, Color Comm provides hosts monthly coffee connections, networking events and luncheons with power players in the PR industry.
4. Running Start – This DC-based organization strives to get more young women engaged in politics and into elected office. Through their various programs and initiatives like “Off The Record” and the Young Women’s Political Summit, Running Start has inspired hundreds of young women to pursue careers in public sector since 2007.
5. Junior League – Since 1901, Junior League has grown into one of the largest volunteer organizations for women. Through civic leadership and community engagement, Junior League encourages women to solve the most pressing issues in their communities.
6. National Association of Professional Women – Located in New York, NAPW strives to provide the most advanced forum for members to connect with like-minded professional women to develop innovative business and social relationships. They provide a wealth of resources for women professionals dedicated to enhancing their lives and promoting their businesses and careers.
7. Walker’s Legacy – Founded in 2009, Walker’s Legacy is a quarterly lecture series that “works to promote the career advancement skill sets and networks of women in business and women entrepreneurs. Through various programs, WL has connected thousands of women across the country in the sectors of corporate, government, and non-profit.
8. Ladies DC – As the founding chapter of Ladies America, Ladies DC strives to bring together women from all over the country with their monthly dinners, brunches and other networking events. Recently hitting a milestone of 2,000 members, Ladies DC is growing their network in North Carolina, San Diego, New York and Texas.
9. Association for Women in Communications – The AWC has chapters nationwide, and looks to connect women in all facets of communications. With more than 3,000 active members, the AWC continues to experience growth in some of their largest local chapters.
10. The BOSS Network – Founded in 2009, the “Bringing Out Successful Sisters” Network promotes and encourages the small business spirit and career development of women. The BOSS Network was recently named by Forbes.com as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurial Websites for Women, and 10 Best Career Sites for Women.