Directory of Women’s Organizations in New Mexico

By Stacy Sacco | March 4, 2013

There are numerous associations and organizations based in New Mexico that support women in achieving their personal and professional success — whether through their jobs and careers or small business ownership. WESST, of course, is among them. Our acronym stands for Women’s Economic Self Sufficiency Team and each of WESST’s six Enterprise Centers are funded in part by the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership through its Women’s Business Center program.

Others organizations and groups that support the success of women in New Mexico include:

Albuquerque Press Women
The local chapter of the National Federation of Press Woman supports professional women (and men) who are pursuing careers across the communications spectrum.

American Association of University Women
The AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research

American Business Women’s Associations
The ABWA provides a forum for members to share ideas and insights, and create stronger bonds in the community. There are three chapters located in Albuquerque and one in Santa Fe.

Association for Women in Communications
The Association for Women in Communications is dedicated to leading change in the communications professions through information exchange, leadership, professional development and technology. Members represent public relations, corporate communications, marketing, promotions, journalism, television, radio, advertising, development, graphic arts, Internet publishing, technical writing, education, government relations, and communications law.

Executive Women International – Albuquerque Chapter
Executive Women International (EWI) brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of; Promoting member firms, Enhancing personal and professional development, and Encouraging community involvement.

Federally Employed Women
Federally Employed Women (FEW) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after the issuance of Executive Order 11375 that added “sex” to the prohibited discriminations within the federal government. Federally Employed Women works to end sex and gender discrimination, to encourage diversity for inclusion and equity in the workplace, and for the advancement and professional growth of women in federal service. There are two chapters serving New Mexico’s women including the Albuquerque-based Zia Chapter and the Three Crosses Chapter serving White Sands Missile Range.

Junior Leagues International, Inc.
National, www.ajli.org
Albuquerque, www.jlabq.org
Las Cruces, www.jllc.org
The Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Meetup Groups:
There are several women-focused Meetup groups in New Mexico serving a broad range of different interests, issues and market needs including:
• ABQ Girlfriends on the Run
• Albuquerque Catholic Moms
• Albuquerque Lesbian Professionals
• Desert Mommies Club
• Fabulous Working Ladies of Albuquerque
• Girlfriends of Santa Fe – A Women’s Social Group!
• Girls Night Out in the Q
• It’s GIRL Time!
• Las Cruces Girls Night Out
• Lethal Ladies’ Night Out Personal Protection Seminars – Albuquerque
• Los Alamos Running Women
• Progressive Women
• Progressive Women
• Rio Rancho Baby’s Mamas
• Santa Fe Women’s Book Club
• Stroller Strides / Luna Moms Club – Albuquerque
• The Women Entrepreneurs Santa Fe Network
• This One’s For the Girls – Social Group for Women 50 Years+
• Women Atheists and Freethinkers

National Association of Women Business Owners
Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of America’s more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy.

National Organization of Women (NOW) – New Mexico Chapters
Since its founding in 1966, NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

New Mexico Hispanic Women’s Council
The mission of the Hispanic Women’s Council is to “support, promote and create opportunities for Hispanic women.”

New Mexico Press Women
NMPW, organized in 1950, is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. It is an organization of professional journalists and communicators that promotes the highest ethical standards while looking to the future in professional development, networking and protecting First Amendment rights.

New Mexico Women In Film
New Mexico Women in Film is a New Mexico-based non-profit outreach organization committed to the professional development and achievement of women in the film and television industry through mentorship, networking, education and community service.

New Mexico Women’s Forum
The New Mexico Women’s Forum (NMWF) provides opportunities for women leaders in a variety of profession to network with their peers and counterparts, and to meet and collaborate with other active female professionals on business, social, cultural and personal issues.

New Mexico Women’s Foundation
New Mexico Women’s Foundation supports organizations and programs that create economic opportunities for New Mexico’s women and girls.

Professional Business Women of New Mexico
The members of PBWNM are dedicated to improving the status of women. Their membership is diverse, ranging from recent high school graduates to retirees who come from varied backgrounds, professions, education, race, and socio-economic levels.

Society of Women Engineers – Central New Mexico Chapter
For more than six decades, the SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. SWE’s mission is to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

Soroptomist International
www.soroptimist.org, National
www.siabq.org, Albuquerque
www.silcnm.org, Las Cruces
Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Southwest Women’s Law Center
The SWLC’s vision is to harness the power of law, research, and creative collaborations to change these realities and to create greater opportunities for women and girls in New Mexico to fulfill their personal and economic potential.

UNM Women’s Resource Center
The Women’s Resource Center is a place of advocacy, support, and safety for all members of the greater University and New Mexico community.

UNM Women Studies Program
The Women Studies program is committed to educating students about the relationships among identity, power and knowledge toward the ends of social justice and empowerment.

Well Woman Life
Well Woman Life supports women leaders, executive and entrepreneurs to achieve their highest level of fulfillment and well-being. Whether it’s personal, physical or sexual health, juggling life and work, professional development or financial success, emotional or spiritual wellness, a Well Woman is supportive of other women, is motivated to challenge herself, and is passionate about achieving her highest level of health and well being.

Women in Philanthropy New Mexico
Women in Philanthropy as a part of the United Way of Central New Mexico is dedicated to inspiring, educating and encouraging women to effect change in their community through philanthropy and leadership.

Women in Technology Peer Group
www.nmtechcouncil.org or www.nmtechcouncil.org/groups/women-in-technology-peer-group
The WIT peer group is a gaggle of bright, and sometimes sassy, women with technology backgrounds and passion.

Women Entrepreneurs
Women Entrepreneurs promotes the interests of all women executives and entrepreneurs.

Women Make a Difference
Women Make a Difference holds monthly luncheons to help business women make more connections.

Women on the Fast Track
Women on the Fast Track is a networking organization for business and professional women.

Women Veterans of New Mexico
WFNM provides a voice for women who have served and those currently serving in the US Armed Forces and is an advocate for women veteran’s rights, issues and benefits.

Writer Gals Network
The WriterGal Network is a private consortium of more than 30 professional, independent communications professionals providing creative services to clients worldwide. Members are based in New Mexico and include writers, editors, public relations and marketing consultants, graphic designers and Web developers with a minimum of five years of professional experience in their respective fields.

Our Business Toolkit section offers 73 more free resources for women. If you know of other organizations or groups that support women in New Mexico, please leave a comment with the organization’s name and we’ll add it to our list.

About the Author


Stacy Sacco

Stacy Sacco is Regional Manager of WESST’s Rio Rancho office. He also teaches sales and marketing at UNM Anderson School of Management in both the UNM MBA program and entrepreneurial studies program; and he serves as one of 15 instructors in the SBA’s national Emerging 200 program for inner-city entrepreneurs.

Stacy has over 25 years experience in marketing management with Hyundai, Transamerica, Avco Financial Services, Kirtland Federal Credit Union and the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. He has served as the President of both the New Mexico and Orange County Chapters of the American Marketing Association, publishes several lists including the New Mexico Directory of Professional Association, and hosts the annual New Mexico MARCOM Mixer which brings together over 350 members of the key marketing-related clubs statewide.

Stacy has been recognized as one of 100 Power Brokers and received the NMAMA’s Marketer of Excellence Award for his contribution to professionalism statewide. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona.

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