History

Early 1970s
A women’s organization in today’s AT&T family was organized in New York and New Jersey and had various names, including Women With A Vision and Women Influencing Change.

1972
A women’s organization in today’s AT&T family was organized in California and was named Pacific Telesis Employees for Women’s Affirmative Action (PTEWAA).

1985
A women’s organization in today’s AT&T family originated in St. Louis with bylaws being drafted.

1986
The St. Louis Chapter of the Professional Women of Southwestern Bell (PWSB) was organized.
Kansas City PWSB Chapter organized.

1987
Dallas PWSB Chapter organized.
San Antonio PWSB Chapter organized.

1988
Houston PWSB Chapter organized.

1989
Austin PWSB Chapter organized.
St. Louis PWSB established a 501(c)3 creating the PWSB Foundation.

1990
Bonnie Ayer of the San Antonio Chapter suggested the idea of having a National Conference to share ideas and build relationships across the PWSB Chapters.
PWSB 1st National Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. Theme: Enhancing Corporate Leadership and Personal Goals for Women in the '90s.

1991
PWSB 2nd National Conference held in Dallas, Texas. Theme: Soaring to Success.

1992
PWSB 3rd National Conference held in Houston, Texas. Theme: Adapting to Change, Personal and Professional.

1993
The Columbus Ohio women’s group at Legacy AT&T saw the value in coming together as an organized body and contacted sister organizations within the company. AT&T FOCUS Magazine announced the formation of Women of AT&T, Inc. in the spring.
Oklahoma City PWSB Chapter organized.
Mentoring Circles began in both the St. Louis and San Antonio Chapters.
PWSB 4th National Conference held in Austin, Texas. Theme: A Capital Celebration.

1994
Arkansas PWSB Chapter organized.

1995
Legacy Women of AT&T 1st Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill. 
St. Louis PWSB Foundation established a PWSB Endowment Fund at University Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) and St. Louis University (SLU).

1996
PWSB 5th National Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. Theme: Reaching, Stretching, Growing, Professionally and Personally.
Legacy Women of AT&T 2nd Annual Conference held in Orlando, Fla.

1997
PWSB 6th National Conference held in Kansas City, Mo. Theme: All That's Jazz.
Legacy Women of AT&T 3rd Annual Conference held in Atlanta, Ga.

1998
PTEWAA became the Pacific Chapter of PWSB.
National Council was established with National President, National 1st Vice President, and National Vice President Communications elected.
Linda Heller elected PWSB National President.
PWSB national organization achieved permanent 501(c)(3) status as a not-for-profit organization.
PWSB 7th National Conference held in Oklahoma City, Okla. Theme: Achieving Your Personal Best.  
Legacy Women of AT&T 4th Annual Conference held in Parsippany, N.J.

1999
PWSB updated its name to Professional Women of SBC (PWSBC) to reflect chapters across SBC regions.
Advisor to the National President was added to the National Council.
Wanda Heard elected PWSBC National President.
PWSBC 8th National Conference held in San Francisco, Calif. Theme: Bridging the SBC Professional Network.
Legacy Women of AT&T 1st Biennial Leadership Conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

2000
Wisconsin PWSBC Chapter organized.
Toni Selby elected PWSBC National President.
PWSBC 9th National Conference held in Dallas, Texas. Theme: Spotlighting Past Successes
Legacy Women of AT&T 5th Biennial Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

2001
Illinois PWSBC Chapter organized.
Renee Flores elected PWSBC National President.
National Advisory Board formed, consisting of five SBC corporate officers.
PWSBC 10th National Conference held in St. Louis, Mo. Theme: Meet Us in St. Louis' Gateway to the Future.
Legacy Women of AT&T 2nd Biennial Leadership Conference held in Herndon, Va.

2002
Legacy T Women of AT&T national organization achieved permanent 501(c)(3) status as a not-for-profit corporation.
Aimee Fite elected PWSBC National President.
National Finance Director was added to the National Council. 
PWSBC 11th National Conference held in San Antonio, Texas. Theme: Finding the Balance.
Legacy Women of AT&T 6th Biennial Conference held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

2003
Indiana PWSBC Chapter organized.
Sacramento PWSBC Chapter organized.
PWSBC 12th National Conference held in Milwaukee, Wis. Theme: Journey into the Future with Service, Beginnings and Confidence (SBC).
Lori Gewecke elected PWSBC National President.
PWSBC Recognition Award for Value and Excellence (RAVE) Awards created.
Legacy Women of AT&T discontinued Biennial Leadership Conferences and Biennial Conferences in favor of Quarterly/Monthly Web Meeting and Conference Calls.

2004
Connecticut PWSBC Chapter organized.
Michigan PWSBC Chapter organized.
Ohio PWSBC Chapter organized.
San Francisco PWSBC Chapter organized.
First National Cookbook compiled.
Jill Olickan elected PWSBC National President. 
PWSBC 13th National Conference held in Dallas, Texas, organized by the 4 Texas Chapters. Theme: Focus on Excellence.

2005
Pacific PWSBC Chapter reorganized as the Southern California PWSBC Chapter.
Twanna Barina elected PWSBC National President.
PWSBC 14th National Conference held in Chicago, Ill. Theme: Promoting Women as Simply the Best in Chicago.

2006
Jill Fuller elected PWSBC National President.
Jackie Bruce elected Legacy Women of AT&T National Chief Executive Officer.
PWSBC and Legacy Women of AT&T merge to form the new Women of AT&T (WOA) in the fall of 2006 with new Governing Documents and new National Board established.
Jill Fuller and Jackie Bruce elected as Co-Chief Executive Officers for new Women of AT&T.
WOA 15th National Conference held in Kansas City, Mo. Theme: Fountains Overflowing for Women in Leadership.

2007
The new Women of AT&T (WOA) merges with BellSouth Women's Networking Alliance and Women of Cingular Alliance Network. The existing presidents of both organizations are given voting seats on the National Board of Directors until December 31, 2008.
Jill Fuller and Jackie Bruce elected WOA Co-Chief Executive Officers.
WOA 16th National Conference held in Sacramento, Calif. Theme: Discovering Gold in Sacramento.

2012
Women of AT&T (WOA) celebrates its 40th anniversary!  Throughout the year, there will be various celebrations to recognize the achievements of women at AT&T. 

Women of AT&T Logo Explained

What first appears as a stylized flower reveals much more upon closer examination. The stem and leaf represent a pair of female hands supporting and uplifting a group of three symbolic human forms, representing three roles of today's woman -- community life, professional life and personal life.

Women of AT&T LogoThe hands also reflect the strength of sharing through networking. The crescent shapes are the bodies; the dots are the heads. When viewed as a whole, the crescent shapes take on the form of the letter "W", emphasizing the word "women" in the organization's name.

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