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The History of Women in Management


In 1977, Lynn Webster from Oshkosh and Maxine Vanevenhoven from Appleton founded the National Association of Women in Management. They met and began talking on an airplane trip to a business conference. They discussed the need for a group that would support women who were in business management positions. There were mostly men in management positions at that time and very few women. As a result, men had their support network in place and women did not. Lynn and Maxine wanted a group where they could talk about their workplace issues, problem solve, share experiences, and grow professionally. Several women came together to form a group unique from any other.

  • 1978 – The Fox Cities Chapter of the National Association of Women In Management was formed.
  • 1983 – The Oshkosh Chapter was created.
  • 1986 – The Fond du Lac Chapter was formed.
  • 1994 – The Green Lake/Ripon Area Chapter was installed.
  • 1999 – The name of the Organization was changed to Women in Management, Inc.
  • 2006 – The Sheboygan Chapter was launched.
  • 2007 – The Manitowoc Chapter established.
  • 2009 - The Green Bay Chapter established in September. Closed in January 2015.

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