About Us

The Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance (formerly American Society of Women Accountants) is the home for all women accounting professionals whether new to the field, experienced or considering a career transition.

The mission of AFWA is to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.

Members represent professionals in national, regional and local CPA firms; professionals in industry positions such as financial officers, controllers, accountants, auditors; academicians; financial analysts and advisors; entrepreneurs; recruiters specializing in accounting and finance placements; data processing consultants; insurance agents; fraud examinersrecent college graduates and women returning to the work force. The majority of our members have attained professional certifications such as CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFP.

In October 2012 at our annual convention in San Diego, we voted to change our name to Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance.  The reason for this change was to allow our name to reflect the broader base of our membership.  AFWA publicly launched its new name on January 31, 2013.  

AFWA is a national association with several Arizona chapters including Phoenix, Mesa East Valley, and Flagstaff. Our chapters offer leadership, networking and educational opportunities. Participating in chapter meetings, seminars, regional & national conferences allow members to maximize the value of their AFWA membership.

The Phoenix Chapter was formed in 1954.  In October 1954 Dick Evans, IAS regional representative in Phoenix, called together 28 Phoenix women employed in accounting.  He told them about ASWA and explained the workings and goals of the Society.  He discussed the advantages of belonging to such an organization.  His suggestions were enthusiastically received, and another meeting was set for November.

At the November meeting, three members of the Los Angeles Chapter, the chapter which agreed to sponsor our formation, were present to give first0hand suggestions on the proper steps for starting a new chapter.  Pearl Isham, Hazel Brooks Scott and Mildred Swem assisted in membership qualifications and bylaws requirements.  Monthly meetings were held thereafter until the word came that the chapter was instituted March 23, 1955.  Billie Ruffner was the first president.  The Charter Dinner was held April 23rd, and Hazel Brooks Scott, President of the Los Angeles Chapter, presented the Charter to our president.  Chapter No. 43 was started with 43 members and several more waiting for national approval.  By June 30 1955 Chapter 43 ended its first fiscal year with 48 members.

The Phoenix Chapter meets at the Arizona Country Club in Phoenix for networking, dinner and continuing professional education the third Thursday of each month. Visit our Meetings page for information on our next event & to register.  We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting!