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American Business Women's Association Midlands Chapter, Columbia, SC 29201

Over 50 years of service to the Midlands Community
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The American Business Women's Association strives to provide a quality experience for its members ...

We support women throughout their careers by providing opportunities to hone leadership skills, access to unsurpassed professional development resources, and national recognition in the largest network of working women in the country. 

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Latorie Lloyd Walker  - Candidate for ABWA Regional Vice President        

Latorie Lloyd Walker is Owner and CEO of Aspire Business Connect, LLC, and the Owner and CEO of Aspire Early Learning Academy, LLC , an award winning childcare center in the Midlands. She is the Immediate Past President of the Midlands Chapter, and served as Chapter Secretary. Voted the 2014 Business Woman of the Year, Latorie currently serves as the Professional Development Chairperson for the Chapter. 


    TogetherWe believe our collective wisdom is the professional woman’s greatest untapped resource. Everyone has a skill, ability or advice that will benefit the woman next to you. It’s the ultimate networking circle.

    Diversity: ABWA is all-inclusive. Here diversity is more than race, age, creed or color. It’s blue-collar, white-collar, CEOs, MBAs and telecommuters who never leave their home office. Our members own their businesses, or aspire to become the next entrepreneurs.

    Leadership: In addition to assuming leadership positions within local chapters and networks, members have the opportunity to run for national office, a seat on our National Board of Directors.

    Education: Lots of groups claim they offer professional development, but that’s a promise we honor. At District and National Conferences, ABWA is proud to partner with such renowned groups as the University of Kansas School of Business, Franklin Covey, and Rockhurst University.

    National Recognition: By its very nature, recognition is loaded with positive reinforcement. It is an essential component of career development - whether the recognition is on the job or through your professional association. With such programs as Best Practices and the Top Ten Business Women of ABWA, members receive recognition on both the local and national level for personal and professional achievements.

    Education Striving for Excellence? See what the Midlands can offer you! 

    ABWA is the only professional development organization for women offering access to a cross-country network of like-minded women and an exclusive online learning tool, the Women's Instructional Network (WIN).

    The Women's Instructional Network (WIN) is a learning and communications portal designed exclusively for ABWA members! WIN is a sophisticated interactive online community customized exclusively for members of the American Business Women's Association. WIN delivers professional development courses as well as ABWA tools and resources while keeping members informed on the latest Association news. WIN is designed to help you realize your full potential!


    Project 16 Initiatives and Community Involvement  

    Members of the Midlands Chapter are very active in the community, individually and collectively. The Midlands Chapter is actively involved in several chapter initiatives.


    Breast Cancer Walk for Life

    American Business Women’s Association Midlands Chapter supports and participates annually in the "Walk For Life" Breast Cancer Campaign.  In 1991, the first Walk, “First Ladies’ Walk for Life,” co-founded by former First Lady of Columbia, Beth Coble, in collaboration with Baptist Medical Center staff, was held Saturday, Oct. 12 with 200 walkers at the former Baptist Medical Center. The Midlands Chapter has provided continue support for over 13 years.


    Hannah House

    Hannah House is a faith-based transitional housing facility for women and their children serving Columbia, SC and the surrounding communities. Their program is designed to break the destructive cycle of chronic poverty by offering more than just shelter; they offer a life change. The Midlands Chapter collects and donates items, such as cleaning supplies, paper towels, bathroom necessities, and clothing, to support families at the Hannah House.



    Sistercare is a program of services for battered women and their children residing in Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry and Richland counties in South Carolina.

    Domestic violence is a far larger problem than most people realize. And unfortunately we see more and more women and children who need our help.

    Sistercare's services include:


    • Children's Services
    • Community Counseling Services
    • Community Education and Awareness
    • Court Advocacy
    • Emergency Shelters
    • 24 Hour Service Telephone Line