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The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. founded in 1935, emerged as a national non-profit organization in light of the need to promote and protect the interests of women business owners and professionals.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to promote and protect the interests of African American business and professional women; to serve as a bridge for young people seeking to enter business and the professions; to improve the quality of life in the local and global communities; and to foster good fellowship.

NANBPWC, Inc

Who We Are

What We Do

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. founded in 1935, emerged as a national non-profit organization in light of the need to promote and protect the interests of women business owners and professionals.

​The importance of education and economic development through entrepreneurship was emphasized as women sought to support women through community service and social activism. The NANBPWC, Inc. through its national leadership, regional districts and local clubs provides opportunities for women to increase their leadership skills, experience governance and parliamentary procedures, and enhance their educational awareness of issues impacting the Black community through volunteerism. The NANBPWC, Inc. encourages youth and young adults to achieve economic independence by joining the rising tide of young people in business today. Our International Affairs Division operates in Africa, the Caribbean and the global community building socio-economic relationships between women. The members of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. understand that we can make a difference by sharing our blessings.

​The very concept of sharing is integral to a sense of community. While it is the responsibility of each individual to make the most of his or her life, it is the responsibility of the larger community to provide the conditions that encourage success, a healthy, stable environment, and opportunities for educational and economic achievement.

Our Story

The late Emma Odessa Young, a realtor from New York City and a member of the New York Club of Business and Professional Women, conceived the idea of a national organization of business and professional women in 1934. Unfortunately, Mrs. Young became an invalid and never sought to head the organization. Although an invalid, Mrs. Young’s mind was alert and her interest keen. She was satisfied to witness the progress of the organization before her passing in 1944.

In July of 1935, Mrs. Ollie Chinn Porter, president of the New York Club, extended an invitation to local clubs, organized as Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, to join and form a national organization.

The Founders were Emma Odessa Young, Ollie Chinn Porter and Effie Diton of New York City; Bertha Perry Rhodes, Josephine B. Keene and Adelaide Flemming of Philadelphia; and Goldeana Pearle Flipping of Atlantic City.

After a year of meetings, the first convention was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 9-11, 1936, at the Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church on Artic Avenue. Elected as the first national president was Mrs. Ollie Chinn Porter. The aim of this newly formed national organization was then, as it is today, to attract women of high caliber to organize similar clubs within their communities. Facing the realities of the times, their daring and inspiring goals were to share their experiences and exchange information; to protect their interest and to encourage and develop opportunities for black women in businesses and professions.

During this time in our history, black people were called “Negroes”. Very few had businesses or professions. Many were still deep in the throes of the depression. The fact that these black women had the courage to found such an optimistic organization is astounding and a lasting testimony to their faith in themselves, our people, and the future.

The Founders were owners, managers, college graduates, and other professionally licensed women, who had managed to realize some measure of personal success, at a time when there was not a national movement to improve the lot of black Americans; where there was no black capitalism program, nor any black studies curricula. Still, these women felt prepared to offer leadership.

Over the years, NANBPWC, Inc. has grown in numbers and scope, conducting many needed community service activities that go far beyond the original purpose. Women have come a long way and so has NANBPWC, Inc

Executive Team

Sherelle T. Carper

Sherelle T. Carper

National President

Dr. LaTaunya V. Conley

Dr. LaTaunya V. Conley

National 1st Vice-President

Kristina Russell

Kristina Russell

National Second Vice President

Beverly Wallace

Beverly Wallace

National Recording Secretary

Gail Thames

Gail Thames

National Financial Secretary

Lois R. Branch

Lois R. Branch

National Treasurer

Patrica B. Maples

Patrica B. Maples

National Director of Membership

Dr. June Johnson

Dr. June Johnson

National Director of Education

District Governors

Delores Alexander

Delores Alexander

Mid-Atlantic District Governor

Christina D. McLemore

Christina D. McLemore

North Central District Governor

Ericka Davis

Ericka Davis

Northeast District Governor

Dr. Terri O. Ford

Dr. Terri O. Ford

South Central District Governor

Carlether Burwell

Carlether Burwell

Southeast District Governor

Marvell Phillips

Marvell Phillips

Western District Governor

Dr. Beryl Dorsett

Dr. Beryl Dorsett

International District Governor

Headquarters

Robin Waley

Robin Waley

Executive Director

Georgia Alexander

Georgia Alexander

Membership Coordinator

Technology Team

Cheryl McKay

Cheryl McKay

National Technology Team Leader

Database Team

  • Esther Cobb, Sr. Database Admin (SCD)
  • Judaea Lane, Database Admin/Forms (SED)
  • Jessica A. Taylor, Database Admin (NED

Social Media Team

  • Brittney Doyle, SocMed Team Leader (West)
  • Angela Walton, SocMed Specialist (SED)
  • Tameka Cooksey, SocMed Specialist (SED)
  • Regina Scates, SocMed Specialist (NED)

Website Managemnt

  • Melinee Cody, Co-Webmaster (MAD
  • Deja Dozier, Co-Webmaster (MAD)

For more information on our Youth Division programs and/or membership, please email us.