New Group For Seasoned Women Professionals Forms

Austin, TX – Attention all established female execs – there’s a new group in Austin just for you.

Called the Austin Professional Women’s Alliance, the organization intends to fill a void its founders say exist in local professional groups.

APWA is meant to be a tool for seasoned professionals to connect, network and share ideas. The common denominator is being a successful female that wants to both learn and help others.

“The founders of this organization wanted to create and become part of a group that was consistent with our current career phase,” said Michele Strain, founding APWA member and audit partner with accounting firm PMB Helin Donovan. “We looked around and determined nothing quite like what we had in mind existed. Thus, the formation of APWA.”

So far the group has had two luncheons, each attended by approximately 55 well-seasoned female executives – including bank presidents and business owners. Luncheons have featured a short presentation, followed by small group discussions where women are able to deliberate the speaker’s points and how they can incorporate the lessons into their careers.

The new group is still determining various logistics and how membership will work.


From left to right: The three founders of the Austin Professional Women’s Alliance – Michele Strain, audit partner of PMB Helin Donovan; Andrea Bleau, president of Bleau & Associates PC; and Sarah Elliott, audit partner of PMB Helin Donovan.

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