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, August 11

Cie Murray

The Best YOU! Valuable, Credible, Notable, Powerful Woman

As a four-year old kindergartner, Cie Murray loved learning how to read. What made reading more exciting was speaking the words out loud for everyone to hear. She and her mom would ride on the city bus and every sign she saw she would read each word out loud. The passengers on the bus got to hear her say “STOP”, “YIELD”, “Nothin says Lovin Like Something from the Oven”, the Pillsbury Dough Boy. It’s reported that some of the bus passengers had a fund raiser to help her parents get a car, just so they wouldn’t have to hear that little brat read out loud anymore. As she got older, she was asked to speak on many programs at church and school. She never thought about being a speaker, all she knew is that she loved sharing with and inspiring others.


Cie, also known as Your MOTORvator® is an award winning author and performance coach who motivates teams to perform at their best. She delivers keynotes and workshops to organizations like the National Baseball League, New York Life, Re/Max, and the Network of Executive Women (NEW). As a former consumer package goods sales producer & marketing leader for Del Monte & Hanes, our speaker understands the heart of leaders and workers in business environments.

She holds an MBA in marketing from Georgia Tech, an undergraduate from Georgia State, loves hiking, basketball & spending time with family.


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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!