The CWI Story
Out of a need to bring together like-minded and like-focused business women, Connected Women of Influence launched in July, 2008 with 17 Charter Members and 4 Co-Founders, catering exclusively to the unique needs of business-to-business executive and professional women.
According to Michelle Bergquist, Connected Women of Influence CEO & Co-Founder, “The business conversation is so different among a group of B2B professional and executive women. When B2B professionals get together, we’re not trying to sell each other on our products and services. We’re here to support each other and provide resources and connections and advice for each other, which builds extremely powerful and productive relationships over time.” Through a series of exclusive, invitation-only events, CWI members meet and build strong partnerships with other like-minded and like-focused professionals. CWI members are well connected, influential, professional and executive women.
In 2009, CWI began a pilot program bringing together B2B women through placement in a series of Executive Roundtable groups. The hallmark standards of the Executive Roundtable Groups within CWI are high trust, confidentiality and great chemistry. Since the pilot program began in 2009, the Executive Roundtable groups have grown to over 8 groups meeting monthly with no more than 10 professionals or executives in each group. According to one CWI Executive Roundtable Group member, “Every business woman should be in one of these Roundtable Groups. I feel like I’ve got the best advice team and resources on earth!”
Since inception in 2008, CWI has been host to over 75 events in San Diego County and boats a membership of over 100 professional and executive B2B women. In 2011, CWI launched the North San Diego CWI Group and plans to grow membership and groups throughout major metropolitan areas across the country.