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About Professional Women's Connection


Members are in occupations and industries in every area of business, entrepreneurship and leadership. Since its inception as Women in Management, Inc. and now as Professional Women's Connection, the organization has been the leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development for women in the professional sphere. The group strives to promote higher standards for and increase the status, authority and influence of all women at any level of their career. 

Join a chapter of Professional Women's Connection today or attend one of our events as a guest and start maximizing your leadership potential. If you are interested in forming a chapter in your community, please contact the Executive Board President for more information.


Developing leadership qualities in women by providing networking and learning opportunities through the exchange of knowledge and experiences.


In 1977, Lynn Webster from Oshkosh and Maxine Vanevenhoven from Appleton founded the National Association of Women in Management. They met and began talking on an airplane trip to a business conference. They discussed the need for a group that would support women who were in business management positions. There were mostly men in management positions at that time and very few women. As a result, men had their support network in place and women did not. Lynn and Maxine wanted a group where they could talk about their workplace issues, problem solve, share experiences, and grow professionally. Several women came together to form a group unique from any other.

In 2018, the Executive Board of WIMI voted to change the name and branding of the organization to Professional Women's Connection to more accurately reflect the changing industries and desires of the chapters. PWC came to be on July 1, 2018 with a new image, mission, and goals, and with the same monthly programming opportunities for its membership. 

1978 – The Fox Cities Chapter of the National Association of Women In Management was formed.

1983 – The Oshkosh Chapter was created.

1986 – The Fond du Lac Chapter was formed.

1994 – The Green Lake/Ripon Area Chapter was installed.

1999 – The name of the Organization was changed to Women in Management, Inc.

2006 – The Sheboygan Chapter was launched.

2007 – The Manitowoc Chapter established. Closed in June 2019.

2009 - The Green Bay Chapter established in September. Closed in January 2015.

2018 - Women in Management, Inc. rebrands to Professional Women's Connection.

Women in Management, Inc., dba Professional Women's Connection, is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Membership dues, while not deductible as a charitable contribution, can be considered a deductible business expense. No dues are used for lobbying efforts on behalf of the local chapter or executive level.