In the summer of 1976, the idea of a professional network of executive women was discussed. Three women executives founded the club: LilyB Moskal, Christine Godfrey and Zoe Stout.
On August 15, 1978, the Articles of Incorporation and the bylaws of WEC were accepted by the membership. This enabled WEC to start chapters throughout the United States. In 1979, a second chapter was formed in Palm Beach County. The purpose of WEC is to give executive and businesswomen in management and ownership positions the opportunity of professional fellowship with other women in diversified fields, to promote the image of the ethical businesswoman, and to encourage support for each member’s business. In 1983, WEC developed its mentorship program where members spend time with female students from Broward County High Schools to give them the opportunity to see women executives at work. Each year, students who completed the program were eligible for “Virginia Young Scholarships.” The scholarships were named for Fort Lauderdale’s first female mayor and a WEC member. The “Women Empowering Women” (WEW) program, started in 1996, provides financial assistance and member services support to females in the workplace who need help to further their education. Along with the monthly luncheons, members also get together in a more informal atmosphere during the year. These evening socials are called “Cannon Circles” and are hosted at members’ homes. The Cannon Circle is named for Past President Shirley Cannon who was known for her gracious and uplifting spirit. The Women’s Executive Club continues to enjoy a strong and steady growth in membership, due in large part to the firm foundation offered by our founding officers.
The purpose of Women’s Executive Club is to give executives the opportunity of fellowship with their peers in diverse fields; to promote the image of the woman executive; to further the interrelationships of such executives and to promote the general welfare of their business and community.