WOW (Women empOwering Women) Aruba is a non-profit organization founded in Aruba in 2017 by a group of friends. It all started What happens when a group of young women put their collective minds together over a glass of wine? All of us there were young, female professionals—each on our own journey, but traveling on a similar path. The conversations we had about our careers, our goals, and our roles within our community was both affirming and inspiring. But one night of fellowship and encouragement was not enough…we wanted more for ourselves and other young women out there on similar journeys. The lack of any meaningful space for young, professional women to come together on the island to further develop ourselves professionally and personally, while also contributing to our community with purpose, was evident. We started a group chat on the subject in March, 2017 and within 3 months, WOW was launched, with our first official meeting held on June 7, 2017.
WOW – Women empOwering Women, with an emphasis on the O, stands for:
With these ideals in mind, WOW Aruba was founded, focusing on young, professional women willing to break their own barriers, overcome fears, and surmount life’s challenges through dedicated efforts to themselves, their careers, and the Aruban community.. and have fun while doing it!
WOW Aruba aims to provide female young professionals between the ages of 25 to 50 an environment where they are able to network, learn and support each other. Currently there is a team of 9 ladies that comprises the board of WOW Aruba and 32 active members. Members are given the opportunity to develop and improve personal, social and professional skills while also building and maintaining genuine professional and social connections. This is accomplished through professional sessions and workshops with speakers, social activities as well as community and goodwill efforts. The organization hosts monthly informational/educational meetings where members are able to enjoy interactive workshops, inspiring life story presentations and practical sessions. Topics and Speakers for monthly meetings, social gatherings and goodwill efforts are chosen on a yearly basis by members by means of a survey.