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, March 8, 2018

Blurred Lines

Monica Matthews is a WSB radio host, author, Grammy-nominated vocal artist, musician, Christian, political and business consultant, a single mother of one amazing daughter and widow of 17 years to ALS.

Serving as campaign managerspeechwriter, and minister (coupled with the struggles of single motherhood) have taught her so much about life! And it’s from all this LIFE that she speaks, shares, cares and seeks to help YOU connect the dots. 

ABWA is excited and honored that Monica will talk to us at our March luncheon about “Blurred Lines.”



Thu, March 8, 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, March 6th


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, 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