Professional Women’s Leadership Association – PWLA


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2015 Chair: Beth Cassels-Anderson


PWLA brings diverse businesswomen together to offer opportunities for networking, business information and education and support to women through mentoring and a scholarship program. The group is run by a steering committee and meets quarterly. In addition to providing networking opportunities, these meetings feature speakers with presentations on business and personal development.


Membership is open to any working woman whose business/employer is a member in good standing with the F-V Chamber of Commerce or any local Chamber. The annual sponsorship/membership fee is $150 per person. The majority ($100) of the fee is used to sponsor/fund scholarships for promising women who plan to continue their education.  Membership Brochure

Inviting Guests/Potential New Members

Guests may visit twice before deciding to join PWLA. Guest lunch fee is $15/per quarterly meeting. If a member is unable to attend, they may send a representative in their place.

Meeting Times/Place

Meetings include lunch and a non-member guest speaker and are held the third Wednesday of the 1st month of each quarter at 11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M. (January, April, July and October). Currently all meetings are held at Bentwinds Golf & Country Club, 6536 Dornoch Place, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. The remaining $50 of your sponsorship/membership fee helps cover the luncheon cost and the honorariums given to the speakers.

Corporate Membership

A business (a Chamber member in good standing) may pay an annual fee of $150 to have a corporate membership in its name. That payment covers one annual PWLA membership. Additional female employees may join for only $100 each.  Corporate Brochure

Membership in PWLA allows a different level of community involvement and exposure for your business. Working together, we are able to provide scholarships to area women and make an impact with a modest investment of time and money by our members.

Please contact Diana at the Chamber for more information.

Telephone 919-552-4947


PWLA Scholarships

The PWLA offers four scholarships this year. A $1,000 scholarship to a graduating FVHS female student who will be attending a four-year college, a $500 scholarship to a graduating FVHS female student who will be attending a two-year college, a $1,000 Patriotic scholarship to a graduating female Military family member from a public or private high school and will be attending a four-year college and a $500 Patriotic scholarship to a graduating female Military family member from a public or private high school and will be attending a two-year college.   Please click on the following links for detailed information on the scholarship requirements.

$1,000 FVHS Four-Year Scholarship Application $500 FVHS Two-Year Scholarship Application

$1,000 Patriotic Four-Year Scholarship Application $500 Patriotic Two-Year Scholarship Application

PWLA also awards scholarships at Wake Technical Community College for females enrolled at the college.  Please click on the following link for the requirements:

2014 Scholarship Recipients

2014 Scholarship Recipients