California Federation of Business and Professional Women

The Mission of the CFBPW shall be to promote and support equity for working women in all phases of their lives and to promote personal empowerment and professional development.


Greetings CFBPW members.

To those who attended our 97th Annual Conference and the two meetings of the Board of Directors…a heartfelt thank you.  Your dedication to CFBPW and your contributions to the work at hand are appreciated. To those who could not attend, this first President’s Comminque includes some highlights.

With our long and important history of promoting and supporting working women in California and beyond and our renewed enthusiasm and dedication, we are poised to carry that history forward.  Our Mission and Objectives are still relevant to today’s women, especially now with the threat of undoing all the gains made over the last 50 years.  Women are facing some of the same challenges they’ve faced before, some they thought were behind them.  But CFBPW is an awesome organization with a fantastic will to keep at the work still to be done.  We will again be recognized as a vital voice for working women.

Conference Actions

New officers were elected:  President, Katherine Winans; Vice President, Lynn Brandstater; Secretary, Rosemary Enzer; Treasurer, Elaine Wakeham.  Past State President, Trudy Waldroop will be serving as Parliamentarian (see photo with Installing Officer Sandy Thompson).

The proposed bylaw amendments as published in the CALIFORNIA WOMAN were adopted with minor tweeking, and can be accessed on our website ( in the Members Only section.  These amendments will facilitate a smoother running organization.he 2017-18 Budget was approved as published in the CALIFORNIA WOMAN.

Conference Presentations

Friday’s luncheon presentation was from Sacramento’s WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment) Education and Training Coordinator Brittany Bray, who shared news of local and statewide coalitions dealing with Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence.  NFBPWC President, Liz Benham, delivered a brief overview of National and International partnerships and projects – we are doing great things.  Kathy Kelly of BPW Colorado shared, via Skype, her BPW journey from her joining in Livermore, CA to testifying at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and our Webmaster Linda Wilson gave us a sneak preview of our newly redesigned website. Three very impressive Young BPW members joined us Saturday to share why they joined BPW, how BPW is benefiting them and how they can help BPW.  Watch for good things from them:  Ellora Easton (Berkeley), Kathy Lopez (East Los Angeles-Montebello) and Stephanie Ruiz (East Los Angeles-Montebello).  Berkeley member and internationally recognized author, Laila El-Sissi, shared her experience in writing Out From the Shadow of Men, the story of her personal journey from her pre-teen betrothal in Egypt to freedom in Canada and United States.

Conference Recognitions

Bay Capital District recognized the long and varied service of two of its members, Bessie Hironimus and Betty Faye Chapman Kaupalolo while Sierra Mar District honored Marie Clifton for her behind the scenes work on behalf of the district.

Membership Awards went to Downtown Sacramento, Weaverville, East Los Angeles-Montebello and BPW of Orange County for Equalizing while Chico, Burbank and Conejo Valley received awards for increasing membership.

Installation of Offices

Thank you to the forthy-three members and guests who attend the beautiful ceremony and a Big Thank You to Bessie Hironimus and crew for an outstanding job with decorating in a Japanese motif (yes, your president loves things Japanese) and Sandy Thompson’s pieces of the whole (puzzle) was a challenging and clever theme illustrating Together we can do this!   NFBPWC President Liz Benham highlighted our past achievements and inspired us to keep at it.

Board Actions

Your Board of Directors worked very hard at both the Pre-Conference and Post Conference Board of Directors meetings to set goals and develop plans for moving the organization forward.


CFBPW Leadership Directory listing the 2017-18 officers and chairs is available in the Members Only section of the website.  We are still looking for a Vice Chair of Finance, a Personal Development Chair and a Memorial Service Chair to complete the roster.  Your president will follow up with any suggestions.  Thank you.

As a reminder, Club and District bylaws should be reviewed by State Bylaws and Resolutions Chair every three or four years and May Days Are Pay Days.  Clubs and districts should make every effort to have Standing Chair counterparts to share information going both ways on the communications spectrum. Please communicate those appointments to President Katherine.

Ask your club or district president for some of the new CFBPW postcards.  They can be used to communicate with your elected state and local representatives thanking them for supporting or urging their support or opposition on any of the legislation being followed by our Bill Screening Committee.  They can be used to invite a prospective member to a meeting or congratulate the achievement of a local business woman…

Mark your calendars now for Fall Board of Directors, August 26 and 27, Ontario Airport Hotel.

There is work to be done.

Katherine Winans
President, CFBPW

Together we can do this!