Illinois Federation of Business Women - Metro East
P.O. Box 993
Edwardsville, IL 62025
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The Illinois Federation of Business Women's Clubs, Inc. (IFBWC) is the state's preeminent organization for working women. IFBWC promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.
As a leading advocate for working women, IFBWC proudly includes women and men in all careers and professions. We also welcome student members still attending college. There are clubs specifically tailored to college age women and high school girls. These groups are mentored by seasoned professional women members in local groups nearby.
The Illinois Federation was chartered in December of 1919 with a mission of "Women Helping Women". The federation grew from that early start and continues to be a very powerful organization. Our organization exists to help women, in their careers and their personal growth.
In 1947, the first statewide leadership conference was held, and since that time conferences are held each year to train and instruct members in the responsibilities of their positions in the organization. In 1948 an institution of a fellowship, named the Celia M. Howard Fellowship occurred. This fellowship trains women for policy-making posts in government and the diplomatic field..
The IFBWC organization is structured much like our United States government. The structure of our state federation consists of a president, officers, and chairs. The state’s population is made up of members from the local organizations existing in their respective states.
Member benefits include but are not limited to; networking opportunities, education opportunities, and legislative visibility. IFBWC members have the opportunity to attend annual conferences, subscriptions to the Illinois Bulletin and mentoring via the local organization meetings. In addition, scholarships are offered to women at almost every level of the organization.
When you join IFBWC you immediately are entitled to member benefits such as: Networking, educational, and scholarship opportunities, and legislative visibility. You will have the opportunity to attend meetings and conferences. You will gain access to tools that you need to succeed in today’s world.