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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. Check the Events page for our current location.

11:30 - 1:30 PM (program starts at noon)

Our History:

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. Its beginning dates to 1979 when Connie Framberger left her job.  Unemployed and looking for focus, Connie realized she lacked the community to talk with other women in business. And the inspiration for SLOWN is in the works. Connie launched a personal and career development group rather than a service club. Pandora Nash, a colleague of Connie’s husband, and Connie met for lunch to discuss the possibilities of starting such a group.

In September 1979, the first group of 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. Women showed up, opened themselves, shared their challenges and their much-deserved successes. By September of 1980, Patricia Ashbaugh created the by-laws, Betsey Nash served as the organization’s inaugural President, and for the first time in San Luis Obispo, Women in business have a community. 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE BOARD

President – Pamela Baczuk, Smartly Elegant

Vice President – Sherry Stupar, Arbonne

Treasurer– Heather Wethington, Wethington Engineering

Secretary - Frances Esters, The Elegant Tomboy

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Programs – Christiana Marie Sunderland, Dance Club & ReWild

Programs Co-Chair  Open

Membership Co-Chair – Michelle Toroian, Mission Bank

Membership Co-Chair – Mariah Eaves, Bareheart Budoir

Special Projects Chair – Justina Arjona, Modern Broker

Special Projects Co-Chair  Candace Harding, Style by Design

Facilities Chair  Lisa Hoyt, Creatives

At Large Chair – Open

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

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