Message from President

I can’t believe it is already time for our new program year and I am excited to be the AFWA Wichita Chapter President!  Thank you to the board of directors and to all of the committee members for your hard work this past year and the year to come!

If you are a member of AFWA and are not involved with the board or with a committee, I strongly encourage you to join a committee.  It is a great way to get involved with our organization.  I didn’t feel very connected or realize the full benefits our organization has to offer until I got involved with the committees.  Please contact me if you are interested in joining one of these committees and I will get you in contact with the committee chair.

  • Program/Membership:  Planning and coordinating the monthly membership meetings and focusing on the recruitment of new members

  • Newsletter/Website:  Maintain, update and create the chapter website and distribute a periodic newsletter to our membership (and to prospective members)

  • Public Relations:  Increase brand recognition and head up our financial literacy program

  • Scholarship:  Coordinate raising funds for scholarships and facilitating the scholarship application process and selecting the winners

  • Social:  Organizing fun events (non-CPE) for our membership and updating and utilizing our Facebook page

In addition to the many benefits our local chapter offers, there are also additional benefits offered at the National level. 

  • The National Conference is in Pittsburgh, PA this year on October 26-28th.  Please see for more details.  If you are interested in going, our local chapter sometimes has scholarships available.  Please let me know if you are interested in attending and for more information on possible financial assistance.

  • There are also regional conferences each year.  In 2015, there were regional conferences in June in Springfield, MO and Bellevue, WA.

  • Excellence in Accounting and Finance Awards – each year, AFWA takes nominations and recognizes outstanding women who uphold the mission of AFWA, demonstrate excellence in their communities and careers, and positively influence others

  • AFWA now offers CPE credit for their monthly webinars for live participation.  There are different series you can choose from:  Ask the Pro, Savvy Series, and All Things Member.  These webinars are free.  See for more details

The Wichita chapter board of directors for 2015-2016 are excited for a great program year.  We just had our annual strategic planning meeting on August 6th.  We are planning some very interesting and unique membership meeting topics including:  fraud, work-life balance, ethics, health, and change management.  We also hope to plan a few social events, the return of Trivia Night (scholarship fundraiser), and organizing some community involvement (financial literacy, 5K teams, etc.).

Thank you!  Feel free to call or email if you have any questions about AFWA.

Angie Widener

AFWA Wichita Chapter President