In the summer of 1990, a small group of professional women in Winston-Salem spearheaded by Janice Kerley and Karen Bunch met to formulate a plan for an organization geared toward female professionals in the Winston-Salem area. Others involved in that process were Marge Becker, Nancy Ellison, Jeryn Freeman, Leslie Martin, Liza Martin, Pat McPhail, Nancy Merchson, Christina Skeeters and Judy Vassar. The first formal meeting was held on November 14, 1990, at the Piedmont Club.
Professional Women of Winston-Salem (PWWS) is an energetic organization inclusive of women in all disciplines. PWWS seeks to become an inviting place for all professional women looking to grow their network and centers of influence in the Winston-Salem community.