What’s an ELEN?

“Empowered Ladies Express Network” (ELEN Chapter) of the American Business Women’s Association

Our 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


Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

11655 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009.

Guests and visitors are always welcome at our meetings.  Next Meeting information will be published very soon. Meeting prices, which include lunch, networking, one-minute business presentation and a relevant speaker, are $25 for members and $35 for guests, and visitors and LATE REGISTRANTS WILL PAY $40 AT THE DOOR. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

 “YOU Are the Greatest Asset Your Business Has! ”  

Let’s face it… if you’re an entrepreneur, YOU are your brand; if you’re a corporate girl, you are a reflection of your company.  Sarah will teach us ways to make sure you are capitalizing on that precious asset that is commonly known as YOU!  Her journey from corporate America to entrepreneurship has taught her so much, and she can’t wait to share the highlights with you!

An award-winning Producer and Director, Sarah Spicer is on a mission to empower and inspire women to step out of the mold and create the life of their dreams. 

Once a successful medical sales rep, Sarah began to realize that her story was not in alignment with what her heart was pulling her to do, which was to follow her passions of acting, writing, and filmmaking. After nearly five years of building a half a million dollar territory, Sarah knew it was time to move on. So, she got a tattoo, called her boss, quit her job and enrolled in film school. After graduating, she moved back to her hometown of Atlanta where she started her production company and jumped into the acting scene, working on national commercials, reality TV, in local theatre, and in international films. During this time, an opportunity to co-produce a WWII feature presented itself and from that, she realized that her vision had shifted from acting to producing and directing. 

Two years later, Sarah and her team released the documentary Hope For Steve, a powerful film about a local couple battling ALS. It has been featured on HLN, ABC World News, BuzzFeed, Upworthy, and has been recognized nationally and internationally, winning awards for both the film and its humanitarian efforts. It is currently available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Nook and in distribution through Virgil Films and Entertainment. 

In 2016, Sarah embarked on her biggest project yet– becoming a new mom to a baby girl. Along with her film projects, her mission now is to empower and inspire other women to do what she has done; to break the mold and create the life of their dreams. 


Thu, January 11, 2018

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Tickets available NOW!


What do you get for your fee to attend? A lot! Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009.

You will dine on a delicious lunch and a presentation by the above fabulous speaker.

PLEASE RSVP by noon on Tuesday, January 9th


Everyone in attendance will be able to stand and give a 60-second info-minute on her business. And a previously selected member will be featured in a live 10-minute interview or “Member Spotlight.”

After we hear from our fabulous speaker, we will have a few minutes for people to share a brief, current testimonials for people in the room. This is a nice way to close the meeting; you can feel the energy and realize the valuable business relationships that have begun at our monthly meetings.

And of course, we will end with door prizes, for which you are welcome to bring a prize (completely voluntary, but feel free to bring a prize worth at least $25, it will be a great opportunity to promote your business).


Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009.


Looking forward to seeing you there!

ABWA: 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 online visibility for their businesses.

Prospective members must first join ABWA National (annual cost is $115) and then join ELEN Chapter, our annual local dues are currently $35. Check ABWA brochure.

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

Prospective Speakers


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 promoting your business as a Guest Speaker at our monthly meeting (we thank you for a nice lunch and our undying gratitude), please contact Marylou Harris – VP of Programs at (404) 328-6435.

Social Media  

ABWA- 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 networking!

Changing Women’s Lives… One Woman at a time