Frequently Asked Questions
What does PWN do?
PWN (Professional Women’s Network) is an organization designed as an opportunity for women to network with other business women, develop their skills, build new friendships, and stay in touch with what is going on in the professional arena. We host general membership meetings once per month, featuring a keynote speaker. To help fulfill our mission – Strengthening Professions, Developing Networks, Exchanging Knowledge – and honor our tradition – Women Helping Women – we are proud to sponsor scholarships for local area women each year. We also hold various social events throughout the year, in support of the primary purpose outlined above.
When and where are the meetings held?
Our monthly general membership meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at various locations across the Eastern Iowa region. There are other events at different times throughout the year, as well. For specific dates and details, see our News and Events page.
Who can join PWN?
Our membership includes dynamic women from diverse backgrounds and a multitude of industries, from stay-at-home moms to senior executives to retirees. Visit our Membership Page for more information.
How much does membership cost?
Our standard membership fee is $89 per year, with reduced rates for students and retirees. Please be advised that all memberships are on a calendar year basis, expiring on December 31.
How can I join PWN?
Once I am a member, how do I stay informed?
Each month, members receive a newsletter with updates regarding meetings, special events, and other announcements. Information, updates, and notices are also given at our monthly general membership meetings. We encourage you to check our website often, and also stay connected through social media.
How do I become more involved in PWN?
We strongly encourage all members to make as many meetings as possible. You can also utilize our private members only Facebook page. We have several committees with which you can become involved, please email (the word “email” needs to include a link) for more information.
How do I take advantage of networking with other PWN members?
At our monthly meetings, networking starts at 11:30 AM. In addition, PWN holds special events throughout the year. Most members also find that committee work is the best way to really connect and build lasting relationships.
What is the PWN Partnering/Pairing Program?
We feel it is vitally important to make new members feel welcome and involved in the organization. Initially, a new member will be paired with a veteran member of PWN at meetings, ready to answer your questions, facilitate networking, and generally welcome you into the fold.
How is PWN organized?
Our Board of Directors is composed of volunteers who meet monthly and guide the network toward its goals. A part-time administrative coordinator is also appointed to assist in growing the organization, facilitating meetings, directing the flow of information, maintaining PWN’s website, producing the PWN newsletter, and making the Board aware of requests from members.
How do I know if a committee is right for me and how do I join?
We encourage our members to attend committee meetings to see if the committee is a good fit for them. Most committees meet only once a month over the lunch hour or at 5:30 PM. For information about the committees and committee chairs, please visit the About Page.
Who makes up the PWN Board of Directors and what are the qualifications?
The Board of Directors is a group of ten to fourteen PWN members who volunteer their time and talents to keep our mission alive and moving forward. The Executive Committee is made up of PWN officers and consists of the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President and Administrative Coordinator. All board terms are three years in length. Self-nominations are welcome. Candidates’ qualifications will be reviewed and members voted on by the existing Board of Directors. Please let a current board member or administrative coordinator know if you are interested in a board position.