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ABWA’s Mission

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of  diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.

Core Values

1. Giving Members a Voice

2. Treat People with Dignity

3. Lifelong Learning

4. Focus on Creating Value for Members

5. Achievement

6. Visionary Leadership

7. Focus on the Future

8. Focus on Results

9. Manage by Fact

10. Manage for Innovation

The Association's Proud Code of Conduct was developed as a means of guiding all members in making ethical decisions. The broad statements of the code of conduct listed here are not expected to cover all conduct for ALL situations. This is why the Proud Code of Conduct was created as a living and fluid code. 

1.  All members will serve as good will ambassadors for the American Business Women’s Association.
2.  Members will not allow their personal beliefs and convictions to interfere with the representation of ABWA’s mission.
3.  Members will always treat their member colleagues, guests, vendors, and sponsors with honesty, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility, kindness, and in good faith.
4.  Members will maintain compliance with ABWA National, Chapter, and Express Network and Council Bylaws.
5.  Members will not use their personal power to advance their personal interests.
6.  Members will strive for excellence in their professions by maintaining and enhancing their own business knowledge and skills, and by encouraging the professional development of other members.
Standing Rules 2020/21 -- approved at the November 2020 Meeting  Lancaster Area Express Network Standing Rules.pdf


Lancaster Area Express Network (LAEN) Chapter History

On June 14, 2006, the Lancaster Area Express Network (LAEN) became the first American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Express Network in Pennsylvania. Thirty-five dedicated Lancaster County professionals and their associates led the charge to make ABWA history. We are united by a common purpose – to support each other in professional growth and career advancement. Since our inception, we have provided numerous business-related educational and motivational speakers and successful networking events. We are proud of our ABWA history and accomplishments, both nationally and locally, which promote the rich heritage and mission ABWA, founded in 1949.

To succeed in business today you need to be conscious of how you use your most valuable resource – your time. The Lancaster Area Express Network can help you make the most of every minute! Meeting formats allow professional women to focus on networking opportunities and education. Come join us, you’ll be glad you did!




The Mission of the American Business Women's Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.


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Lancaster Country Club

1466 New Holland Pike

Lancaster, PA 17601

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