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Our Purpose:

The Women’s Network of San Luis Obispo County is a collaborative community of inspired business women. Its purpose is to be a welcoming space where women grow personally and professionally through educational opportunities, meaningful connections, and empowered professionalism.

Our Mission:

We are committed to personal and professional growth through communication, education and the building of relationships.

Who We Are:

  • A non-profit organization open to all women
  • Women’s Network was established in 1979 by a small group of women who felt there was a need for a personal and career development group
  • We strive to cheer the entrepreneur, to mentor the novice, and inspire the experienced

What We Do:

  • We provide a forum for networking, exchanging ideas, and promoting each others' businesses
  • We enjoy and learn from guest speakers at monthly luncheons and special events
  • We build strong professional relationships
  • We spark friendships among members and within the community
  • We support community involvement

Luncheons:

We meet the third Wednesday of every month from 11:30 - 1:30 at UPPER CRUST TRATTORIA
11560 Los Osos Valley Rd., Laguna Village Center, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

Our History:

A board of directors was developed in September 1980, Patricia Ashbaugh created the by-laws for Women’s Network. Betsey Nash became the first president of the San Luis Obispo Women’s Network, and a board of directors was developed.

The San Luis Obispo Women's Network is a lively, diverse group of women dedicated to supporting, encouraging and empowering women to reach their fullest potential both personally and professionally. Its beginning dates back to 1979 when Connie Framberger had left her job, was unemployed, and was looking for focus. Connie was looking for other business women to talk with, and since there were not many women in business at that time, Connie decided to begin a personal and career development group rather than a service club. Pandora Nash was working with Connie’s husband, and she and Connie met for lunch to discuss the possibilities of starting such a group.

In September 1979, the first group of women (approximately 20 women) met at Howard Johnson’s in San Luis Obispo. There was no formal name for the group, no officers, no specific agenda or policies, and no fancy brochures. People just showed up and paid for a salad bar lunch.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jean Jones / President

Sherry Stupar /  VP

Megan Barnhard / Secretary

Smitty Price / Treasurer

Jeanette Vierra / Programs
Jane Kostiw / Programs

Gina Cinardo / Website, Social M
Ashley Dammeyer / Social Media

Liz Christoffersen / Fun Projects

Carol Kerwin / Facilities
Nancy Kington / Membership

The Women’s Network of San Luis Obispo is a
not-for-profit organization and is open to all women.

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