Who we are
Youngstown Business and Professional Women, or YBPW is a non-profit organization for working women in and around the Mahoning Valley. Our mission is the advancement and empowerment of women through mentorship and education.
YBPW meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at a local restaurant. Dinner meetings begin at 5:30 pm and include network opportunities and presentations on topics affecting working women.
The History of YBPW
YBPW was established in 1920 and is affiliated with the Ohio BPW and BPW Foundation. Our organization is rich in history and rooted in tradition.
While mobilizing for World War I, the U.S. Government recognized the need for a cohesive group to coordinate identification of women’s available skills and experience. A Women’s War Council, financed through a federal grant, was established by the War Department to organize the resources of professional women. The National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs was founded on July 15, 1919. The organization later filed to “do business as” (dba) Business and Professional Women/USA (BPW/USA). BPW/USA became the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation in 1956.
The Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Club’s Dr. Anne McMahon Scholarship is awarded to female students enrolled at YSU. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required and financial need may be considered. Applicants must submit an application, three letters of reference, a copy of their current transcript and an essay stating reasons for requesting the scholarship.
The deadline to submit the application is February 15 each year. The application can be picked up in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in Meshel Hall at YSU. The scholarship award is $1,000.