We Have One Mission

Connecting women personally, professionally, and philanthropically.

Welcome to

Lakes Area Professional Women

The mission of Lakes Area Professional Women is to promote equity for all in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. We strive to elevate the standards for everyone in business and in their professions, to advocate for business and professional growth, and to bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women.
We are here to extend opportunities to our members, and to connect business and professional women to develop personally, professionally, and philanthropically.

Benefits of Membership

Networking opportunities

With local business women

Leadership Development


Skill building & mentoring

And educational opportunities

Inclusion in community events

Including Empowered Event

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What Members Are Saying

It’s can be difficult to form new friendships when you move to a new area as people are already ingrained in their own set circles- it can be awkward and intimidating to break into that. In contrast, Lakes Area Professional Women is very open, warm, and friendly. The relationships I have forged through LAPW have opened up so many opportunities both personally and professionally. If you’re craving a community of women who will genuinely cheer for you… you’ve come to the right place.

Danielle Peterson

2021 LAPW President

I have been a member for 16 years. I have really enjoyed getting to know the members of BPW and LAPW, learning and growing together as we raise our families; establish careers, and just being good stewards of the great community we live in.


Irene Vagle

Hubbard Radio/KIKV/KULO

I was looking for an avenue to connect with other like-minded individuals in the community, and when I attended my first LAPW meeting, I knew that I had found it. The professional development and the personal connections have made such an impact on my growth as a leader. I don’t hesitate to encourage women to join LAPW.

Nicole Fernholz

Director, Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission
Meet Our


LAPW Members


Area Businesses


Different Industries
Who've Raised


In the Past 10 Years

ready to take the next step?

Join Lakes Area Professional Women today!