Young BPW

Young BPW is the information network for the next generation of leaders who are BPW members aged 35 years and under. The purpose of the network is to give this group of young women the support and encouragement of like-minded women.  It enables personal development, particularly in leadership, by giving them empowerment and exposure to a national and international networking platform.

BPW offers the Keys to Achievement programme to all members, which is beneficial for any member’s development; but even more for younger members.  BPW also offers a coaching/ mentoring programme.  We enjoy the interaction with the other younger members as we are all facing the same challenges and struggles.  It is inspiring and comforting to interact with women in a similar situation, and above all, we just have a lot of fun together.

As Young BPW member you have the opportunity to attend or even deliver presentations and workshops at Leadership Forums, Regional meetings, Conference, the Pacifica Oceania Meeting and if you’re really keen, the International Congress.  Membership of BPW is a true win-win situation. You have the opportunity to learn, grow and attend all these amazing national and international events, and from there connect with other inspiring women while supporting your local community and influencing national and international politics.


February 2014

Young BPW International New Website launch by BPW New Zealand

The Young BPW International is excited to announce the launch of our newly designed Web site, which goes live today, Monday 9th of September 2013 and is located at the following address:  . The Young BPW International is a part of BPW International and every young woman up to the age of 35 years is automatically a Young BPW as she joins a local BPW club. BPW International is one of the largest international networks world-wide and has one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in almost 100 countries on 5 continents. After several months of hard work, strategic planning and closely considering the future of the organization, the Young BPW International is now very happy to present the final output. The new website is aimed at bringing BPW resources to our members as well as allowing our supporters to engage with our work. The network enables members, friends and supporters access to the latest updates, connection to BPW International and the ability to follow the work of the Young BPW International.

Young BPW International hopes you like our new website and find it user friendly.

Please let us know what you think; we welcome all suggestions and if you experience any usage problems contact us at


September 17th of 2013

Dear Members of BPW Asia Pacific,

Please join with me in congratulating Anastasia, our Young BPW Representative for this wonderful initiative –  the Young BPW “I Want to Achieve Campaign”

You will also find a link to the new YBPW website,  please share this exciting news with your members and use it promote BPW to young women everywhere.


Susan Jones

Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator

& Executive Board Member, BPW International  2011-2014

International Federation of Business and Professional Women


T: +61 4111 01123

S: susanmjones



Complementary Membership to BPW Kaitaia Available

 Complimentary Membership

BPW – Business and Professional Women in Kaitaia are inviting applications from young women under 35 years, to apply for complimentary memberships for a period of two years, commencing November 2013.

(Two memberships available).

 In keeping with BPW New Zealand’s aims –

  • empowering women through information, education and mentoring
  • encouraging women to work for higher standards of service in business and professions
  • Supporting women to advance their education through scholarships and mentoring
  • Presenting the views of members in political forums, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Promoting world-side friendship, co-operation and understanding amongst business and professional women
  • Developing women’s skills and confidence to participate in decision making at local, national and international levels
  • Advocating for equal social and economic opportunities for women, therefore improving the quality of life for all women

The two complimentary memberships will run from November 2013 – October 2015. Successful applicants would be expected to attend at least eight meetings each year, and would be encouraged to bring a guest each month.

Meetings are held at the Orana Motor Inn on the 3rd Tuesday of months February – November from 5.30pm – 8.30pm.   Cost of dinner is $27 plus an optional raffle. A monthly bulletin is distributed to members, and applicants are encouraged to visit for more information on Business and Professional Women – locally, nationally and globally.

BPW Kaitaia while mentoring the two successful applicants, will pay the national and international levy to BPW New Zealand for a period of two years.

Applications open in May and close 31st July 2013. All applications will be acknowledged, and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed during August and September, with the successful applicants being announced at BPW Kaitaia’s AGM on Tuesday, 15th October 2013.

Application Form

BPW Kaitaia look forward to receiving enquiries and applications to BPW Kaitaia, PO Box 632, Kaitaia 0441, or by contacting President Raewyn Pennell or Ph. 406 8807 or 0274 921931.


Young BPW News   June 2013

Young BPW International would like to congratulate our inaugural winner of the Isolde Fritsch-Albert PrizeAlicia Curtis. The prize of EURO 5,000 is offered annually by Isolde Fritsch-Albert from BPW Ticino, Switzerland and recognizes Young BPW member for excellent professional performance. The prize will beoffered again in 2014.

If you have not yet had a chance to attend the Leadership Summit in New York, read about Ketlin Tackman’s experience in “Time in New York“. The Leadership Summit is a unique opportunity to receive Leadership Training through leadership development in one place and there is nothing like New York.

To contribute to the 2020 Women on Boards initiative to reach greater gender equality, Young BPW International would like to remind all BPW clubs of the commitment that was made during the Congress by theresolution: “Establishing Young BPW position on Boards at Affiliate Level“.

Please contribute by asking your Club’s President to compete the survey that can be found here: Click to complete the survey and stay tuned for more news from the Young BPW International.

Young BPW International Representative together with her son at the BPW International Executive meeting in Melbourne, Australia. (February, 2013)

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me: Anastasia Victoria Safarian

I need your help to grow Young BPW

Last weekend (14/15th of May) we had our strategic planning meeting and  first executive meeting with the new BPW NZ executive members and convenors. It was a full-on weekend, but we did get lots done. It was very nice to meet up with the new faces and I got home with lots of fresh ideas and energy to interest more young women in joining our beautiful clubs and federation.I am in the process of updating the young BPW database and so far have names on the list from the following clubs:

• Gisborne (7)

• Hawera (8)

• Franklin (2)

• Auckland (2).

• Upper Hutt (2)

If you are a young member (that is 35 years or younger) of another club or your club has more young members than indicated above, please send me your details otherwise you are going to miss out on the young BPW communications.

I am currently working on my plan for the year to make sure that the clubs and federation are meeting our young members’ expectations so they stay and will also work towards higher membership of young women and an overall decrease of average age throughout the federation.

The focus will be on how to get young women to join the clubs where there are no young BPW members. Once a club has got two or three, it becomes a lot easier to get more.

Young members: please bring your friends and young colleagues and family members. Older members: please bring along your (grand) daughters, nieces, young colleagues and friends and try to organise this within the club, so you’ll have several younger guests come in at the same time.

I would love to hear what you’ve tried in the past to attract young women to your club and what worked and what didn’t work (and most important; why?).

Any ideas are welcome, so young or old please email me your thoughts.

I’ll be in touch!


Anita Scott

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