About Women Empowering Women

WEW - Where Women Collaborate instead of Compete with each other

Women Empowering Women (WEW) was founded in 2013 by Laura Mattson and Michell Stockmann.  Both experienced businesswomen that had been part of many networking groups but saw a gap of women who were unable to attend events due to financial constraints or time requirements.

They created a vision to develop a cohesive networking group where members would know each other well enough to provide authentic and knowledgeable referrals and leads.  But also be a safe place where women could discuss their struggles and successes with other professional business women and learn or be mentored from women of all ages and stages in their careers.

The goal was to create a forum for working women to exchange information and support one another’s businesses.  But they didn’t want to exclude those knowledgeable women who were recently retired or those women fresh out of college or ready to begin their professional career.


“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild

Their initial plan for Women Empowering Women was to create a unique platform from other networking groups and release many of the restrictions that kept many women from attending meetings or events. Some of those ideas included not having yearly or monthly membership dues.

Having a diverse membership was also their intention and they found that meetings could accommodate members within the same industry and many of the women embraced this format.  Many meeting attendees have found ways to work together and grow because of this freedom.  The main focus of Women Empowering Women is collaboration NOT competition!


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Michell Stockmann


Desiring an environment focused on building relationships, where people flourish and the connections are strong, is what drives Michell to keep developing a collaborative community where women can grow personally and professionally. Michell has a inherent ability of engaging with individuals and creating connections for them in a way that is not just transactional but more relational. Because of this, she has become the guiding force that keeps WEW evolving and expanding while keeping the culture strong.

Michell Stockmann

Laura Mattson


Laura Mattson, an experienced businesswoman and self-described feminist, realized the value that networking brings for building and maintaining a successful career and business.

She has created a reputation for developing others and has a strong calling to empower through collaboration. She is passionate about offering a platform for women to come together to share their successes, challenges and best practices.

She had a vision to provide a space and a platform to allow these things to happen, and along with co-founder Michell Stockmann created Women Empowering Women.

Laura Mattson

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