American Business Women’s Association

Our mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally, through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.


Connect, learn and grow in the
American Business Women’s Association

Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be.  Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.

Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts and topics with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’s Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted business products and services!

Make an investment in you – join the leading association for working women and women business owners, the American Business Women’s Association.


Virtual Chapter

Vision Statement:   Connect.Engage.Lead 

A Place for women from all professions to connect, elevate, empower, build, network and develop leaders  as we grow. To provide our services as a chapter to help build our community.

2023-2024 Executive Board & Committee Chairs

Evelyn “Charisse” Stennett-Kearse


Petra Duvall

Vice President/Treasurer

Michele V. Chin


Linda B. Johnson

Founder, Chapter Advisor

Community Initiatives, Chair

Monayana Finley



Fundraising  Chair

Fundraising Co Chair

Constance mack

Hospitality Chair



Carmen blackmon

Professional Development  Chair

donna lafrance

Technology  Chair







virtual chat


special events



Carmen Blackmon
Charlotte, NC

Tameka Hill-Brunson
Owner, Banana-Rama Daycare
Charlotte, NC


Michele V. Chin
Fashion Illustrator
Tamarac, FL





Petra Duvall
 IT Specialist
Fernandina Beach, FL



Monayana Finley
Real Estate Broker
Huntersville, NC


Jonise Hall
Charlotte, NC



Linda B. Johnson
Director of Brand Marketing
Charlotte, NC
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The Charlotte Post Publishing Co.
Evenlyn “Charisse” Stennett Kearse
Physician Sourcing Specialist
Charlotte, NC


Donna LaFrance
Social Worker
Tacoma, Washington


Constance Mack
Charlotte, NC


Robin Rodgers
Business Consulting
Charlotte, NC
Andrea Williams
Health Specialist
Belmont, NC


ratese thomas-price


Maggy Wooden
IT Consultant
Houston, TX


Joyce Wright
Resident Assitant/Caregiver
Charlotte, NC
ABWA District IV Vice President
Charmaria gurley


Jessica Johnson


Rose Wilson


                                         Our Chapter’s Meeting Corner

February/March  Birthday’s 

Clarise Lewis
February 19
Evelyn “Charisse” Stennett-Kearse
March 13
Tameka Hill-Brunson
March 23


Pink Bag Raffle

Breast Cancer Walk

Friendship Circle Connects

Sue, Constance, Katina, Cissy & Tami


      Networking at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

                                                                              Thank you! Stacey Pugh



Empowering Women through Educational Scholarships

Today’s scholarship recipients are tomorrow’s leaders.  ABWA members have provided opportunities for women to achieve their personal and professional best by championing educational opportunities through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). Since 1953, SBMEF has awarded almost 18 million dollars in scholarships to more than 17,000 women. To learn more about available scholarships, go to

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