Working Group for Women


ASBN’s Working Group for Women is a ‘think-do tank’ for forward-thinking women business owners, managers and employees that helps to ensure that gender concerns are reflected in our policy and advocacy work. The Working Group for Women is on hiatus until after the New Year 2021. 

Its purpose is to drive positive change and impact on a national scale for other women, businesses and communities that will guarantee that women:

  • have a seat at the policy table and are heard;
  • are treated equitably;
  • are supported in counteracting the systemic effects of social practices, biases and injustices that disproportionally and negatively affect them, their families, and their businesses.

The Working Group for Women provides opportunities for women to develop and advance nonpartisan business policies and gender equity practices that showcase women’s perspectives and demonstrate the advantages of diversity and inclusion for a sustainable economy. The Working Group for Women focuses on many issues, including: capital access, minimum wage, workplace practices, chemical reform and clean energy. The Working Group for Women holds regular conference calls, webinars and gatherings.

WGFW Policy Survey

The ASBN Working Group for Women surveyed attendees during the fall 2014 Summit to identify key issues, priorities and activities to pursue. Equity for women business leaders in general, and specifically closing the funding gap for access to capital, contracts and opportunities rose to the surface. A similar set of priorities were noted during the 2015 Summit.

From those surveys and subsequent discussions, the Working Group for Women has catalogued the barriers and policy options to support women-owned businesses. Read the draft PDF.

A 2016 survey is the next step. Thank you for participating. Your feedback is important. Please Take the Working Group for Women Policy Survey.

To become involved, please contact Ali-Reza Vahabzadeh, ASBN Vice President of Membership.