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About OWE

We are a personal network of professional women bound  together by common interests and aspirations.

The Organization of Women Executives (OWE) was created in 1975 as an informal group of executive-level women in the Los Angeles area interested in developing stronger relationships with their professional peers. Over the next four decades, the organization grew and evolved a more formal structure to serve its membership, recruit new members, and manage a yearly roster of both formal and informal events.

Today, OWE maintains a membership roster of approximately 175 women representing a wide range of professional pursuits. But the organization has stayed true to its roots. OWE is, above all, about friendship. Our members are deeply interested in continued learning, professional and personal growth, dialogue, and, most importantly, camaraderie and personal relationships. As such, we leave politics, advocacy, fund-raising and other equally admirable endeavors to other organizations better suited to these goals. In order to ensure the privacy of our members and maintain the integrity of our organizational purpose, OWE recruits new members via personal contact and invitation only.

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Our Members

Our members are talented, ambitious, high-achieving professionals involved in business, government, education, philanthropy and the arts.

They include corporate executives, attorneys, bankers, leaders in academic institutions and philanthropic organizations, successful entrepreneurs, and partners in professional service firms. As a group, they are highly motivated to succeed, and possess the experience, education and personal characteristics commensurate with the achievement of their goals.

Members of OWE are often “kindred spirits” who enjoy sharing their perspectives on work, life’s challenges, and issues that are unique to women in a professional role. Because the organization is decidedly non-political, takes no positions and gives no endorsements, it is a comfortable forum in which to address a broad array of personal and professional issues.

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Our Activities

Our activities are scheduled throughout the year and attract 30 to 45 attendees, an ideal number for frank, stimulating discussion and personal connection.

Activities include both in-person and virtual events such as:

  • Programs where speakers are invited to share their compelling personal story or expertise on topics of interest to our members.
  • Neighborhood and member-only dinners where we create forums for thoughtful and meaningful discussion and personal connection. The neighborhood dinners are hosted by individual members, typically in their own homes, and are among the favorite OWE events! Member-only dinners provide us the opportunity to interact with the entire OWE membership.
  • OWE’s Annual Summit is one of our most popular annual events and is held at a Southern California resort that offers our members one or two nights of conversation, rest, and relaxation.
  • “Dialogue” creates an opportunity for us to learn and grow both professionally and personally. We bring in experts in areas of interest to develop and inspire our members.
  • Social events include dine-out club, dine-in virtual dinners and speakers, outdoor activities, book signings, theater, opera or symphony, wine tastings, movie nights, museum exhibits, as well as other social events.

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I was fortunate enough to join OWE after a cross country move a few years ago.  OWE created my network of friends going through similar life experiences as me being a female leader in a high pressure, fast paced job.  My friends from OWE are the first I turn to for both personal and career advice and most importantly just to have a good time and relax. 

Debra Fiori
Chief People Officer
Parsons Corporation


I was new to Southern California and joining OWE was an instant connection with an amazing group of women. Easy, low pressure, genuine friendships with a diverse set of achievers has been such a support system for me.

Mandy Shaw
CEO
Blaze Pizza

Our Leadership

Our volunteer board of directors is elected annually from among our membership. 


Lynn Forese
OWE President

Advisory Services Resources Global Professionals
Vice President


Cindy Ballard
OWE Executive Vice President

Streamland Media
Chief Human Resources Officer


Kathy Sanders- Platnick
OWE Secretary

Sapient Advisory Group LLC
Principal



Wendy Fletcher
OWE Co-Treasurer




Allison Baird-James
OWE Co-Treasurer

University of California, Los Angeles
Associate Vice Chancellor
(Corporate Financial Services/Controller)

Marilyn Stemper
OWE Membership

CareerArc
National Director,
Business Development/Sales

Shauna Mattis
OWE Membership

JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle)
Executive Vice President

Linda Horioka
OWE Programs

Former EY Partner
Board of Directors


Kate Gale
OWE Programs

Red Hen Press
Managing Editor/Founder


Cozette Hart
OWE Special Events

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Chief Human Resources Officer


Allison Elder
OWE Special Events

RAND Corporation
Vice President, Human Resources


Erika Anderson
OWE Communications

The Slate Group
Regional Director


Lee Braly
OWE Communications

i2i Consulting
Principal


Liz Dick
OWE Ex-Officio

Resources Global Professionals
Retired Senior Vice President,
Global Client Services and Investor

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409 N. Pacific Coast Highway #565
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Email: Anne@oweonline.org
Phone: 310.467.1747

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