What’s an ELEN?

“Empowered Ladies Express Network” of the American Business Women’s Association.

logoOur members are solo business owners and professionals in the north Atlanta area. We are recognized as an involved group whose members and visitors actively refer each other to our trusted clients, friends, and business colleagues. We currently have 32 active members. Our group is NOT industry-exclusive. (See our F.A.Q. for why not.)

We meet monthly on the second THURSDAY at 5 Seasons Brewery in Alpharetta, only one mile east of GA 400.

Guests and visitors are always welcome at our meetings, but paid RSVPs are due at NOON the Tuesday before the meeting. Meeting prices, which include lunch, networking, one-minute infomercials and a relevant speaker, are $25 for members and $35 for guests and visitors.


Thursday, September 8


Pursuing Your Dreams

Most women dream of starting their own business, owning their own company, and helping other women along the way. Have you ever had a dream but just never took that first step?

After 30 years as an executive with one of the world’s largest direct selling companies, Maria Sutej took the plunge and decided to pursue her dream. LaLure is the first ever direct selling apparel company to target women sizes 10 and up and at LaLure, we believe that all women are beautiful, they are powerful and loving, brilliant and strong, resourceful and brave.

There were 10 very valuable lessons that she learned as an executive with a Fortune 500 company that positioned her to create and build the company of my dreams, and one of great opportunity. The evolution from an idea to a company in 18 months included 6 key steps:

  • Creating a Vision and Mission
  • Calling on all relationships
  • Finding a partner
  • Building the plan
  • Raising the Capital
  • Launching the business



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ABWA Membership Brochure

Membership has its benefits.

We enhance the networking relationships by encouraging one-on-one meetings among the members, though no score is kept of such activity.

We occasionally hold “Members Only” social events at little or no cost to the members.

We host a Pinterest page for our chapter members to enhance on-line visibility for their businesses.

Prospective members must first join ABWA National (annual cost is $115) and then join ELEN.  Our annual local dues are currently $35. If you click on this image, it will open a 16-page brochure.

All ABWA members receive a bimonthly magazine “Women in Business”  in the mail: see a sample here.

Prospective Speakers woman-at-microphone-Small

Because we are a vibrant, positive audience, our speakers schedule fills up six months in advance. Generally we have a calendar of topics our members wish to hear about. If you are interested in presenting to our monthly meeting (we thank our guest speakers with a nice lunch and our undying gratitude), contact Cathryn Marshall, VP of Programs (cathrynmarshall (at) yahoo.com).

Social Media

ELEN is a non-profit run by a volunteer board of solo businesswomen. We do our best to promote our meetings–and therefore our Guest Speakers–through social media, in particular LinkedInFacebook and Pinterest.

And please feel free to SHARE any of the content on our website. After all, it’s all about the bass networking!