Welcome. We’re glad you’re here. 

Our mission is advancing all women, growing business and transforming our workplaces through the power of community.

NEW is a growing community of 13,000 professional women representing 925 companies across North America. We are a strong collective voice for everyone in the corporate world who wants to see gender equality become a reality. We welcome all who champion our cause and are proud to have some very influential, forward-thinking women and men in our ranks.

We are a powerful and growing community invested in advancing all women in the workplace.

925 - Organizations

925

Organizations Represented in our Membership

13K Members

13K

Members

22 Regional Groups

22

Regional Groups

150 Regional Events per year

150

Regional Events per year

2 National Conferences per year

2

National Conferences per year

100 Corporate Partners

100

Corporate Partners

WHAT WE DO
  • We develop and empower women leaders.
  • We provide insights and practical solutions that support business transformation through gender equality.
  • We amplify the collective voice of women executives, championing equal opportunity, advancement, inclusion and pay.
  • We are a community that walks beside you on your journey to—and through—leadership.

“If we face our gender equality obstacles with courage and work together to build a future, I know we can get there faster.” – Sarah Alter, President & CEO, Network of Executive Women

Why We Do It

Because women are underrepresented in the ranks of corporate leadership

Women hold just 6.6% of Fortune 500 CEO roles, despite comprising 50% of the world’s population.

Although corporate boardroom diversity is on the rise, women still hold far fewer seats than men. Only 33% of companies in the S&P 500 have at least three women directors.

Because too many barriers still exist to women’s leadership

Our research shows female higher-level managers, executives and C-suite members leave their jobs nearly four times as often as men. Yet, roughly three out of four women, early in their careers, say they want to become executives. Check out our study, “The Female Leadership Crisis,” to see the reasons why women leave.

Because the time for change is now

The World Economic Forum forecasted it would take 208 years for the United States to close the gender gap. And we at NEW think that’s just too long to wait.

We’re a powerful collective force for change. We exist because change is still necessary.

Because gender quality is good for society and good for business

It’s not only good for women, it’s good for business. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity in their executive teams were 21% more likely to have above-average profitability than those in the bottom quartile.

We need companies that reflect the consumers they serve. It’s no secret that top millennial and Gen Z talent overwhelmingly favors equal pay and gender equality. As consumers vote with their wallets and employees vote by choosing which companies benefit from their talents, the world is changing.

We’re here to make it so. Join us.

How Did we get here?

2018
Regions
Nashville becomes NEW’s 22nd region in the U.S. and Canada
Membership
Membership tops 12,000 members
Indra Nooyi
PepsiCo Inc. Chairman Indra Nooyi receives the William J. Grize Award for her commitment to gender diversity and inclusion
2017
NEW expands reach into financial services and technology sectors
Sarah Alter
Sarah Alter joins NEW as president and CEO
21st region in North America
NEW Idaho becomes Network’s 21st region in North America
2016
Membership reaches record of 10,500
Membership reaches record of 10,500
Founding CEO Joan Toth
Founding CEO Joan Toth leaves NEW effective December 31
2015
NEW launches “It’s Time” Movement for workplace change
2014
NEW publishes “Tapestry” report on multicultural women in industry
Mike Gorshe
Accenture’s Mike Gorshe presented with Bill Grize Hall of Fame Award
2013
Denver becomes Network’s 20th region
NEW Denver becomes Network’s 20th region
NEW Executive Leaders Forum and NEW Leadership Summit sell out
2012
Catherine Lindner
Catherine Lindner is elected NEW Board Chair
Awards
Inaugural NEW Regional Awards Gala honors Network’s officers and volunteers
2011
Regional groups launch in Atlanta, Phoenix and South Texas
Regional groups launch in Atlanta, Phoenix and South Texas
5,009 members and 73 national sponsors
NEW ends 10th year with 5,009 members and 73 national sponsors
Toronto
The Network extends its mission outside the U.S. with the first mixer in Toronto
2010
Seattle and Portland groups join to create NEW Pacific Northwest
Seattle and Portland groups join to create NEW Pacific Northwest
Joan Toth is named NEW president and CEO
2009
Network releases landmark study on white men and diversity
2008
Regional groups are created in Carolinas, Cincinnati, Mid-Atlantic and Southern California
Regional groups are created in Carolinas, Cincinnati, Mid-Atlantic and Southern California
NEW has 2,000 members and 52 national sponsors
NEW has 2,000 members and 52 national sponsors
2007
First NEW Executive Leaders Forum attracts 70 senior leaders
Regional groups launch in Chicago and Northern California
Regional groups launch in Chicago and Northern California
2006
NEW regions launch in Florida, Greater Philadelphia and Twin Cities
NEW regions launch in Florida, Greater Philadelphia and Twin Cities
2005
NEW Dallas/Fort Worth region holds inaugural event
NEW Dallas/Fort Worth region holds inaugural event
First Best Practices report outlines advantages of gender diversity
2004
Regional groups launch in New York Metro, Northwest Arkansas and Western Michigan
Regional groups launch in New York Metro, Northwest Arkansas and Western Michigan
2003
NEW launches its first regional group in New England
NEW launches its first regional group in New England
2002
NEW Secretary Joan Toth is named executive director
NEW has 300 members and 26 nation
NEW has 300 members and 26 national sponsors
2001
Nearly 100 attend first-ever NEW Leadership Summit
NEW is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) effective April 1