Benedictine College Executive MBA Grad Named ABWA National President

Benedictine Executive MBA Grad Named ABWA National President

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) recently elected Nancy Griffin to the position of National President during the association’s 65th National Women’s Leadership Conference in Overland Park, Kan. Griffin currently works in Topeka for TARC, Inc. as the Self-determination Payroll/Billing Coordinator. She received her Executive MBA from Benedictine College in 2004.

“Associations and non-profits are just like all businesses…planning is essential,” said Griffin. “My EMBA experience gave me the confidence to implement strategic planning practices while on ABWA’s National Board of Directors for the past two years. It certainly will be even more important during my term as National President. Additionally, as the Board of Directors functions as a tight-knit group and I’m in the leadership role, the EMBA project-team approach is invaluable.”

The Executive MBA Program at Benedictine College started in 1996 and rapidly gained a reputation as one of the best values for graduate business education in the area. The integrated themes of ethical leadership, managing innovation and success in a global economy address the skills executives and managers need in business today. The program is specifically designed for working professionals who are motivated to accelerate their careers. Students must have at least five years of work experience after completing their college degrees and courses are taught in a cohort model that allows participants to build strong professional relationships and networks.

In addition to her Executive MBA from Benedictine College, Griffin also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and certificates from Park University-Women as 21st Century Leaders, ABWA-KU MBA Essentials, and Dale Carnegie Leadership Training.

Griffin is a member of the local Topeka ABWA chapters, Ad Astra and Topeka Women’s Network. Throughout her 33 year ABWA career, she has grown with the ABWA experience earning numerous local chapter and regional offices and awards. She recently served as National Vice President (2014) and District III Vice President, (2013), representing ABWA chapters in nine Midwestern states. As national ABWA president, she will work with members in all fifty states to facilitate the ABWA mission.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected to the National President office of this outstanding organization,” said Griffin. “I am excited to have the opportunity to share and empower other members with the ABWA experience that I have enjoyed.”

ABWA’s mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition. It was founded in 1949 and maintains its national office in Overland Park, Kan. For more information regarding the American Business Women’s Association, visit

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.