As a countdown to our 25th Anniversary Celebration in Colonial Williamsburg in April, EWGA Founder Nancy Oliver has agreed to write a weekly column and share her amazing collection of newsletters and press clips revealing the early years. 

A Capitol Idea EWGA conquers DC and Baltimore

A Capitol Idea - EWGA conquers DC and Baltimore

The Washington DC Metro Chapter was spearheaded by Dee Sher, together with the enthusiastic support of Tina Shaffer, Gloria Conway Jones, and Jill Starr.  Their kick-off was a rousing success, with Betsy Clark, Director of Education for the Teaching Division of the LPGA as their guest speaker.  That afternoon, they had a 75% membership sign up for a variety of clinics and activities.  If anyone in the DC Chapter has a press clip from their first kick-off, please email it to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to complete our files.   

Shortly thereafter, their sister chapter in Baltimore set the bar with a tremendous kick-off at Turf Valley in early 1993.   Attorney Chris Owens’ organizational skills were a key element in their successful launch, with over 300 women signing up for membership that evening.  The strategy?  She enlisted the help of other female leaders within the business community, such as Judith Martinak, Joan Clark, Nancy Trail, Lynn Cole and Faye Johnson.  It is this type of networking that truly provides a diversity in both geographic terms as well as professional affiliations.  The Baltimore Chapter continues to demonstrate leadership thanks to the foundation set in 1993 and followed by long term support from people  like Sharon Waller, Sharon Guida, Colleen Baum and others.