200 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067
Tel. 248-547-4000


The Business Women’s Network (BWN) is a group of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce. Its focus is to provide networking opportunities in the business community for the purpose of promoting growth of business within Royal Oak and neighboring areas, promoting and supporting women in business, and promoting civic and cultural programs which strengthen the network.

My honest thanks for your devoted?inspiring support, nevertheless more importantly, for our friendship.

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The BWN hosts monthly luncheons at local restaurants. The luncheons include a speaker discussing relevant business topics and is a perfect place to network.

Coming soon - calendar of events for this year’s BWN events.

On a bi-annual basis the BWN hosts its Athena Awards Banquet . The ATHENA Leadership Model is unique in that it focuses on personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of traits such as courageous acts and fierce advocacy in the pursuit of excellence. The ATHENA Leadership Model tenets include Authentic Self, Celebration and Joy, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Fierce Advocacy, Giving Back, Learning and Relationships, and provide a model for 21st Century leadership.

Seated: 2014 Athena winner, Liz Tillander; Standing: left to right: Ryan Carley, Margaret Monroe, Deborah Brolley, Char Larson

The ATHENA Award is represented by an original bronze and marble sculpture inspired by the goddess of Greek mythology known for her strength, courage, wisdom and enlightenment—qualities embodied in the ATHENA leadership model. The Award is unique in both scope---local, national and international---and the ATHENA mission upon which it is based. The ATHENA Award is presented to a woman ---or man--- who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.