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 5 Seasons North Restaurant and 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 business presentation and a relevant speaker, are $20 for members and $35 for guests and visitors.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Feeling Great Takes Intentional Practice

Dr. Shawn Haywood is the Founder and President of “Liberate My Life.” She specializes in designing whole life happiness and success with her clients, from business start-ups to 50 million dollar companies, from relationship renovation and emotional eating, to eliminating chaos (mental, emotional, and physical) and slowing down!

RSVP and save your spot now!

She brings her powerful message “Feeling Great Takes Intentional Practice” to us at ABWA-ELEN at our June 8th meeting so we can:

  • Learn to not only rebound from negative emotions and thoughts, but systematically begin to eliminate negative emotion and thinking all together!
  • Uncover the tools to stop making the same mistakes over and over!
  • Understand the best ways to feel good, happy, successful, empowered and courageous, MOST of the time!

Her “raving fans” have changed their lives and achieved liberation and success, achieved amazing goals and dreams, gained great confidence, slowed their lives down, and enjoy daily joy and fulfillment as a result of working with Dr. Haywood.  Join us on Thursday,  June 8th so you can be a raving fan, too!

Info for attendees:

What do you get for your fee to attend? A lot! You will dine on an organic buffet, with two protein choices, salad, and vegetables, your choice of tea or soda and a presentation by the above fabulous speaker. Since the chef at 5 Seasons prepares a delicious hot buffet lunch especially for us each month, he needs a headcount by early afternoon the Tuesday before the meeting. So please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, June 6th.  LATE REGISTRANTS WILL PAY $40 AT THE DOOR. 

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 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).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

ABWA: Membership Has Its Benefits
ABWA Membership Brochure

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 Chapter, 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


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 on our monthly meeting (we thank you with 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 bass networking!

Changing Women’s Lives… One Women at a time