Running a business is hard but you don't have to do it alone!

Awesome Women Entrepreneurs - AWE is a diverse group of talented, energetic and caring women who cheer each other on. What makes us unique is our mission to inspire, connect and collaborate with women business owners in our local community — and have some laughs too!

Every month, AWE members enjoy intimate gatherings at members’ homes or local businesses that include social time as well as discussions with distinguished thought-leaders. This is NOT a mindless business card collection activity or stuffy networking event. These are real women entrepreneurs who want to help each other succeed. AWE provides meaningful opportunities for new friendships, referrals and partnerships. Everything we do is highly social, intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding — with a healthy dose of stress-relieving fun!

Whether you have an established business, are doing a side hustle or just starting out, we are better and stronger together. Join AWE, and let’s #beawesome together!

AWE's founders Karen Bate and Evelyn Powers and AWE member, Maritza Lizama were recently featured on WUSA9 TV’s Great Day Washington about AWE’s burgeoning growth!

Benefits of Joining AWE!

Peer to peer networking

Excellent speakers at each meeting

Membership only 5 women per industry

Much needed social time to share

A member-only list of all AWE members

Weekly interviews on AWE Radio

Accountability Groups

Opportunities for service

AWE's main and chapter sites

Private Facebook Group page

AWE members include women business owners and influencers between ages 30 and 65 in a wide variety of industries:

› Restaurant & Retail
› Medical & Veterinary
› Design & Tech
› Health & Wellness
› Marketing & PR

› Business Services & Coaching
› Arts & Entertainment
› Leadership & Entrepreneurship
› Photography & Crafts
› Legal & Mediation


"While I'm one of the older members of AWE, I don't feel a bit out of place. AWE members are all very welcoming, encouraging and helpful."

Patty Lundy, Writer - Arlington, Virginia Chapter


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AWE's weekly interview show on WERA 96.7 FM reaches 700,000 listeners in Northern VA and Washington, D.C. A new companion podcast on Apple iTunes and Libsyn launched in August and vastly expands our audience nationally.

If you are now—or know—an awesome woman entrepreneur that we should interview, contact us at to schedule an appearance. We are currently booking for 2018 and beyond.

Please help us rank higher on iTunes by subscribing to and rating the AWE Show here — thank you!

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News & Events

What a Whirl: AWE Launches Four New Chapters and a Podcast!

By Karen Bate | November 1, 2017 | Comments Off on What a Whirl: AWE Launches Four New Chapters and a Podcast!
AWE Chapters Launched

We were thrilled to celebrate the launch of four new AWE chapters this fall around the DC area, in addition to holding our monthly AWE Arlington meetings in September — thank you Michelle  Sagatov for hosting in your gorgeous home and Courtney Reeve Of Aspire! Afterschool for speaking; and in October, thanks to Arlington Independent Media (home of the AWE Show on WERA 96.7 FM) for hosting and sharing their wonderful programs with our members! AWE Fairfax launched in September led by publicist Ashley Bernardi of Nardi Media. By her October meeting, Ashley had found a co-leader in videographer (and former colleague at ABC News in NY) Anna Devalos. They now have two meetings under their belts and a group of awesome women excited to get together monthly to connect, collaborate and support one another. The launches of AWE Bethesda Chevy Chase, AWE DC and AWE Vienna Tysons quickly followed last month, with Jennefer Witter, Founder & CEO…

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