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The National Association for Female Executives, one of the country’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, provides resources – through education, networking, and public advocacy- to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success.

About NAFE

The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest women’s professional associations in the United States. The organization has a rich history of providing education, networking, and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security. Members are women executives, professionals, business owners and others who are committed to NAFE's mission: the advancement of women in business. Through the annual NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women list and NAFE Women of Excellence Awards programs, we recognize the outstanding work done on behalf of the advancement of women. NAFE also offers the Women of Excellence Interview Series, NAFE Leadership Summits, and International NAFE.

The NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women recognizes corporations and nonprofit organizations that have moved women into top executive positions and created a culture that identifies, promotes and nurtures successful women. The NAFE Women of Excellence Awards is a national program that celebrates the achievements and accomplishments of NAFE members in their careers, businesses and communities. Winners stand out for their vision, courage, compassion, proven ability to succeed, and their helping other women to progress in their careers.

The NAFE Women of Excellence Interview Series offers interviews with the winners. These innovative, creative and successful women tell their personal stories, share ideas and provide mentoring to fellow NAFE members regarding tenacity, leadership, motivation, ingenuity and overcoming obstacles.

The NAFE Leadership Summits in cities around the country offer inspirational speakers, along with training and skill building components designed to increase tools and applicable strategies for high potential, high achieving women looking to make the most of their careers.

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Meet the NAFE Team

Dr. Betty Spence

NAFE President Dr. Betty Spence


Dr. Betty Spence

Dr. Betty Spence has served as president of the National Association for Female Executives since 2001. She created the annual list of the "NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women," a benchmark for corporations on women's advancement that emphasizes women in profit-and-loss positions as the pipeline to top management.

Betty also founded and chairs the NAFE Roundtable that brings together America’s most senior corporate women to work on strategies for advancement.

Betty came to NAFE from Catalyst, where as VP Communications, she wrote Be Your Own Mentor, advice from corporate women on propelling your own advancement published by Random House in 2001. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. She wrote for film and television as well as for the Los Angeles Times. She holds a Ph.D. in English and used to teach literature, film, and women’s studies. She serves on the board of the Girl Scout Council of New York City.

Paula Damiano

Paula Damiano has written and edited NAFE’s biweekly newsletter for more than a decade. She also works with the Conferences + Events division of NAFE’s parent company, Working Mother Media. In her free time, Paula enjoys hiking, classic films, and devouring anything involving the written word.