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About Us

PWRG (Professional Women’s Referral Group) initially began as PWBE (Professional Women’s Business Exchange) in the 1990s by Jennie Kaiser as an option for “women only networking.” The founding chapter was Walnut Creek and additional chapters were gradually added with a board overseeing the focus of all chapters.  


After several years, PWBE split into two independent groups, disbanding the board.  In 2011 the Walnut Creek chapter became PWRG (Professional Women’s Referral Group) as it is known today.  In 2015 we decided to open up other chapters in response to the increasing level of interest from professional women to join.  Since 2015 we have grown to a total of 7 chapters:  Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Danville, Concord, Lamorinda, Oakland/Berkeley, and San Ramon. 

We are on a Mission!

  We exist to: 

  • Increase the success of our members' individual enterprises 

  • Create a supportive and non-competitive environment consisting of one person per industry

  • Create a forum for the discussion of ideas and concerns related to female entrepreneurs  

  • Provide professional referrals and contacts 

  • Mutually support and encourage each other in our chosen fields

Professional women are welcome to join any of our chapters as our guest. Check out our calendar to see when each group meets.




Walnut Creek Chapter

The Greenery

1551 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek

2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 8:45 to 10:15 am

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Pleasant Hill Chapter

St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
1601 Mary Drive, Pleasant Hill

2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am

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Danville Chapter

Danville Chamber of Commerce

117 Town and Country Dr #E, Danville

2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am

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Concord Chapter

Concord Clarion Hotel, Cabana Room

1050 Burnett Ave · Concord

1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 8:50 to 10:00 am

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Lamorinda Chapter

Orinda Community Church Library,

10 Irwin Way, Orinda

1st and 3rd Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:15 am

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San Ramon Chapter

Contact Heidi at 925-872-0327 for Location

1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 8:00 to 9:15 am

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Oakland Chapter

The Baum Center
341 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:00 am

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