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LBW and you

Who we serve

The League of Black Women empowers, educates and advocates for professional Black women aspiring to leadership within their companies, businesses and communities (local, regional, national and global). We are the only professional leadership development organization in the United States created specifically for professional Black women that conducts research and produces reports that deal exclusively with the challenges Black women face in pursuit of leadership ambition.

We provide access to experts and educational resources through the League of Black Women Global Leadership Research Institute, Webinars with industry leaders and authors, and through our annual global leadership conference.


The League Of Black Women has consistently met the evolving needs of professional Black women by refining its service themes over the years:

  • 70s: Higher Education and Community Service

  • 80s: Career Development

  • 90s: Networking

  • 2000 and Beyond: Global leadership, Research, Education and Joyful Living

We serve women who are:

We focus on community social service development for:

Emerging Leaders

Women with great potential for leadership and are emerging leaders in their professions or community.


Women experiencing success and actively involved with deep roots in their professions and community.


Women who have achieved great success in their professions and community. Readily identified leaders who are renowned for their expertise or career highlights and are often chosen to serve on non-profit or corporate boards, seek elective office or appointed to high-ranking commissions.

Power Brokers

Women who are nationally recognized for their extraordinary leadership in business, government or society.

Who we are

League of Black Women provides access to strategic support for developing and sustaining leadership values and joyful living for Black women. Our goal is to assure that our members emerge within their families, communities, workplaces and various constituencies as exceptional leaders who contribute distinctive, substantial and lasting improvements to the decisions that shape our world.

Founded in the 1970s by Dr. Arnita Young Boswell, an accomplished social worker, educator and activist. She was the Professor of social work at the University of Chicago from 1961 to 1980 and was the Director of social services for children with special needs. Boswell was also the First national director for project Head Start and Director of the women’s division of Chicago Civil rights march led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966.

LBW was established to provide successful, strategic and sustainable leadership experiences for Black Women through:

  • Educational research to communicate the collective voices of Black Women to impact societal issues.

  • Promotion of joyful living as an entitled lifestyle for Black Women, their families, communities and workplaces.

  • Improvement of the leadership class of Black Women by advancing a generation of 21st century engagement on leadership.

LBW has evolved to meet the needs of Black Women by redefining and adding to its service themes:

  • 70’s – Higher Education

  • 80’s – Career Development

  • 90’s – Networking

  • 2000 and beyond – Leadership and Joyful Living

The League of Black Women, founded in 1970’s by Dr. Arnita Young Boswell, works today to provide successful, strategic and sustaining professional leadership development for Black women. We conduct innovative educational research to communicate the collective voices of Black Women impacting societal issues and to promote joyful living as a sustaining lifestyle for Black women, our families, communities and our workplaces.


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