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Portland, OR, United States, 2008/02/13 - The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) - the premier membership organization for accomplished women entrepreneurs - will launch a new chapter in Portland on Thursday February 21, joining the Portland I chapter.
The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) will launch a new chapter in Portland on Thursday February 21, joining the Portland I chapter and increasing the WPO presence in Oregon. The WPO is the premier organization for accomplished woman entrepreneurs grossing $2 million in annual revenue ($1 million for a service-based business).
Through the WPO, a diverse group of women presidents are able to tap into the collective wisdom of their peers and advance their business and personal success. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential and collaborative setting. In ten years, the WPO membership has grown to over 1200 members strong in the United States, Canada, Peru and the UK
The rapid growth of the WPO is a reflection of the remarkable development of women-owned businesses throughout Oregon and across the country. As of 2006, there are an estimated 149,423 privately-held women-owned firms in Oregon, accounting for 46.4% of all privately held firms, generating more than $26 billion in sales, and employing over 180,000 people. *
“A new chapter in Portland will increase the WPO’s visibility and give women entrepreneurs in the area a resource, already used by 1200 women, to reach higher levels of professional success,” said Marsha Firestone Ph.D., president and founder of the Women Presidents’ Organization.
“The WPO has provided a wonderful support network of collegial and like-minded business women willing to share their experiences – both successes and failures. We all learn from each other, and have fun while doing it! I look forward to every meeting,” said Karen Fox, Portland member and president of the Medical Resource Network.
Morgan Stanley is proud to sponsor the Portland II launch which will be held at the University Club of Portland in the Gold Room from 5:00-7:00 pm. For additional information, please contact the Portland II chapter facilitator, Kathy Long Holland at 503-636-7306 or Kathy[.]longsherpa.com.
About Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)
The Women Presidents’ Organization (womenpresidentsorg.com) locally and internationally connects top women entrepreneurs at the million and multi-million-dollar level ($2 million in gross annual sales or $1 million for service-based business) for greater personal and professional success. In monthly meetings across the US and Canada, chapters composed of 20 accomplished women presidents from diverse industries and backgrounds invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level.
* Statistics from the Center for Women’s Business Research