February 25, 2021 BPW/WA was 100 years old.
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2022/23 1st Quarterly Board of Directors and Membership Meeting is being held on August 27, 2022 from 9 am until 12 pm. View the call to this meeting and additional information Here.

BPW/WA President’s Message Summer 2022


 Let’s M O V E  in 2022-2023!

Part of this message I delivered at the Post Annual Board of Directors’ Meeting and I wanted to share it with the entire membership. I am hoping to help jumpstart our year. As I stated at the Annual Meeting in May, My Vision is Our Vision. That is to continue to grow this wonderful, grass-roots organization and to grow this with all of you. We start at the Local organization level where as a group we continue to encourage women to participate in our activities and become a part of the greater Business and Professional Women of Washington State (BPW/WA) organization.

We know Our Mission: To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. But, what does that look like to the outside world? What image are we going to project and market?

We know Our Vision: To be the leading advocate for working women. But, can we define that to help create our internal structure and mission?

We need to concentrate our attention toward these goals and I thank you all for having dedicated the funding to move forward with branding BPW/WA, so we have a focus and a strategy and also for participating in this process.

The 2022-23 THEME is MOBILIZE, ORGANIZE, VITALIZE AND ELEVATE, so we can MOVE into the 2022-23 fiscal year. We are meeting with Christine Rose, ACC, ICF Business & Executive Coach this year to collate all of your great ideas on how we will help market our organization and continue to Help Women. We are about Women Helping Women – whether it is Personally, Professionally, or Politically. As your leader, I intend to remind us of the BPW/WA purpose. We are mobilizing our leadership team and organizing our efforts, so we can vitalize BPW/WA and elevate its visibility in the state.


I don’t come with the answers. In fact, I come with a plethora of questions. However, that is for another day. To begin we will utilize our experts to the best of our abilities to focus on our strategies and get our answers. We will be searching for direction on Core Values, Mission, and Vision. We, as a group, all have diverse and interesting

backgrounds. We can help each other and the organization through this process. Evelyn Hinken has graciously offered to chair the Membership Committee which will be focusing on branding BPW/WA.

Again, I want to encourage us to support each other throughout this year. We are volunteers, and I think, it is important to remember that we are here to make Washington State Business and Professional Women stronger, healthier, and viable.

As we move into the coming year, I will leave you with my favorite Helen Keller quote: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

Best Personal Wishes

Patty Slagle
BPW/WA President 2022-2023

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“I joined BPW after attending a few meetings.”

“I was new to the community and new to my job so this was a way to meet new people. I immediately enjoyed networking with the ladies and was very intrigued by how they were balancing families, work and volunteering in the community. I wanted to be just like them as I grew older and advanced in my career!”

“BPW offered so many workshops on leadership skills, professional growth, and personal development that I took advantage of them to support the mission of empowering working women to achieve their full potential and build successful workplaces.”

– BPW member Trini Mayo

“I am glad I joined BPW”

“I joined BPW so I could connect with other women who owned their own business. I have gotten a lot of great information on how to enhance and grow my business while having fun with a group of dedicated, powerful, and diverse women.”

– BPW Member Connie Richter

“I originally came to meetings to just get out of the house…”

“…and listen to speakers that gave me a different perspective and to broaden my horizons locally. I soon found out that BPW is more than just a once a month meeting with good food and entertainment. It is about people helping each other professionally in their business or career and personally with so many diverse members as a knowledge base. BPW also helped to enlighten me politically. I am proud to say I worked hard to support and pass the Family Leave Act and Equal Pay for Equal Worth. BPW has given me the leadership training and self esteem to become a Sr. Manager within a 3, 000 employee company.”

– BPW Member Sylvia Valine

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