Advancing Women to the Boardroom

ION Member Organizations

ION’s member organizations offer a wide range of programs and services to support women on their leadership journeys, just a few of which we’ve highlighted below. For more information on programs in your area or membership options, check out the organizations websites and social media links.


Women’s Economic Development Council

The WEDC is a group of women business professionals who provide opportunities to women for leadership and economic development through education, mentoring and networking. The WEDC exists to strengthen the position of women in business and the community.


Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is to create an environment and the resources conducive to our members’ business success. CWCC is the premier organization that provides opportunities and visibility for women in business through relationship development, education, mentorship, partnership and alliances. CWCC offers training and support for women interested in board service through the Women’s Leadership Foundation.

Board and Leadership Development:



To achieve its mission of increasing the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards, OnBoard advocates for the advancement of women and connects high caliber female professionals to education, expanded networks and advancement opportunities in the Georgia business community.

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Network 2000

Network 2000’s mission is to accelerate the success and leadership of accomplished women by expanding their impact and influence through advocacy, education and mentorship.

  • N2K Advocates:  through its census studies, Women of Excellence luncheon, alliances with search firms, partnerships with private and public entities, collaboration with executives involved in the board selection process, and its affiliation with ION.
  • N2K Educates:   through programs, workshops and events supporting leadership development and addressing the opportunities, challenges and issues women face in the board selection process.
  • N2K  Mentors:  through its Impact Mentoring program for emerging leaders and networking opportunities for its members.

The Boston Club 


The Boston Club’s mission is to impel the advancement of women to top leadership positions across all sectors of the economic landscape, driven by the core belief is that more women in significant & visible leadership roles will mean better business performance & strengthened economic health in our communities. The Boston Club’s initiatives serve a diverse membership of over 600 members. Its signature programs which include:

  • Distinguished Leaders Series – a series of discussions with influential & innovative community leaders
  • Corporate Board Committee – advocates for more women on boards and serves as a source of exceptional board education & outreach into the business community
  • Corporate & Community Salutes – highlight the work of the Club’s committees, feature a nationally recognized speaker, and recognize companies and organizations who are leading the way. 


Inforum is the only professional organization in Michigan – and one of a few in the country – that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies.  


Central Exchange


Central Exchange provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential.

With more than 500 programs a year, CX offers a wide variety of personal and professional development and networking opportunities.


 New Jersey  

Executive Women of New Jersey

Executive Women of New Jersey is where New Jersey’s senior-level executive women connect and collaborate across all sectors to share experiences, develop relationships and build business. The organization sponsors relevant, insightful programs for current and future members, provides intimate forums that create new connections and expand members’ personal networks.

 New York  

Financial Women’s Association of New York


FWA’s mission is to accelerate the Leadership and Success of women in finance by advancing careers, fostering alliances, and preparing the current and next generation of professionals. The FWA’s diverse activities focus on furthering knowledge through outstanding programs, expanding horizons through briefings with industry and government leaders, and contributing to our community through scholarships and mentoring, internships and community services. Notable annual events include a Distinguished Speakers Series, a Women of the Year Award dinner, and an International Conference. The FWA’s Directorship & Corporate Governance Committee educates and advocates for women’s advancement into the boardroom.


Women for Economic and Leadership Development

WELD’s mission is to develop and advance women’s leadership to strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves. The organization provides women with specific tools and skills to enhance their individual economic status and helps mobilize women to become more active participants in the leadership of area businesses, civic organizations and government. WELD provides programs, events, and a community to support leadership development and business growth.


The Forum of Executive Women

As the region’s premier women’s organization, the Forum of Executive Women actively works to promote its mission: to leverage the power of executive women in the Greater Philadelphia region to expand the impact and influence of women leaders.


The Board Connection

TBC (The Board Connection) is a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards and in the executive suite. The organization identifies and connects accomplished women in the state of Texas, expanding their influence within their respective business communities.
TBC recruits executive women within 3–5 years of board readiness and provides programming and development opportunities to facilitate their paths to the boardroom.

Milwaukee Women inc.

Milwaukee Women inc. works to increase the number of women corporate directors and executive officers. The group carries out annual research and produces a biennial report on the gender diversity of the boards and c-suites of Wisconsin’s 50 largest companies. With the goal of increasing the number of women directors on Wisconsin boards to 25% by the year 2014, MWi promotes awareness on the benefits of gender diversity and offers educational programs to increase the number of qualified women board candidates.