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WPO Fact Sheet

The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) is the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs (presidents, CEOs, managing directors) of privately held multimillion-dollar companies. The WPO's mission is to accelerate business growth, enhance competitiveness, and promote economic security through confidential and collaborative peer-learning groups.

Who

More than 1,900 accomplished women entrepreneurs at the multimillion-dollar level who aim to increase their business success.

Membership Requirements

$2 million in gross annual sales for a product-based business or $1 million for a service-based business, ownership interest in the business at some level, and senior management responsibilities for attorneys and accountants.

Membership Demographics

RevenueYears in BusinessNumber of Employees
Average $13 million 24 98
Aggregate $22 billion 39,000 168,000

 

What

In chapters composed of approximately 20 accomplished women entrepreneurs, WPO members address business concerns in a roundtable format and function as an informal board of directors for their businesses. There are currently 130 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, the Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The chapters are moderated by professionally trained facilitators, all of whom own their own businesses. Each chapter serves as a peer advisory group based on the four Cs of the WPO: Collaboration, Confidentiality, Commitment, and Connections. WPO members address financial concerns, organizational development, hiring and firing, and other issues defined by chapter members. The WPO is a nonprofit IRC Sec. 501 (c)(6) organization.

Platinum groups are available for entrepreneurs who gross over $10 million annually. Average revenues are $44 million.

Zenith groups are available for entrepreneurs with gross revenue over $50 million annually; average revenues are $159 million.

Cost of membership: $1,800 or $4,500 for Platinum members or $5,000 for Zenith members.

Why

Through the WPO, members learn to grow their businesses to the next level. Frequently, before joining the organization, these accomplished women business leaders feel as though it is lonely at the top. At the WPO, accomplished women entrepreneurs find support, empowerment, inspiration, and the precious ability to tap into the wisdom of their peers.

Our Founder

Marsha Firestone, PhD

Dr. Marsha Firestone founded the WPO in 1997 after previously serving as Vice President of Women Inc. and as Vice President of Training and Counseling at the American Woman’s Economic Development Corporation (AWED). In 2003, she was appointed to the National Women's Business Council.

She is the author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to Successful Self-Employment, has published research in business and educational journals, and is a frequent guest speaker.

Dr. Firestone earned her PhD in communication from Columbia University and is an expert in adult learning theory, nonverbal communication, and managerial competency.

Interesting Membership Statistics

3%
of women-owned businesses gross over a million dollars a year and qualify for WPO membership.
77%
of WPO members do business with each other.
82%
believe WPO helps manage their business concerns.