EWI was founded in San Francisco in 1938 by Lucille Johnson Perkins
Ms. Perkins recognized the importance and potential of an association bringing key women together to promote their firms and improve their
communities. On April 29th of that same year, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of California under the name of
Executive Secretaries, Inc.
Since then, additional cities throughout the United States and Canada have created chapters and joined the
organization forming a prestigious and diverse networking organization of growing businesses and individual
During the 30th Annual Meeting of the corporation (May 1977), the organization’s name was changed to
Executive Women International. This change reflects the international expansion of the organization and
recognizes the changing roles of women in business and the diverse careers held by our representatives.
More than 1,400 member companies and 1,600 representatives continue to thrive in EWI today. We continue to
grow in nearly 45 Chapters located in major cities in the United States and Canada. EWI is a premier organization
for connecting, building community and developing both professionally and personally for today’s business
professionals and their firms.