Homestead Charter Chapter

Homestead, Fl 33030

American Business Women’s Association

Our mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally, through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.


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American Business Women’s Association

Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be.  Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.

Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts and topics with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’s Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted business products and services!

Make an investment in you – join the leading association for working women and women business owners, the American Business Women’s Association.


Pat Miller

Patricia Miller exemplifies the potential of public school education when parents and teachers collaborate. Raised by hardworking parents, she learned the value of community service early on, participating in activities like Brownies, Girl Scouts, and church events. In 1996, her neighbor introduced her to ABWA Homestead, where she began as the Corresponding Secretary on the chapter board. Over time, she held positions such as Vice President, President, and various Committee Chair roles.  Through ABWA she was also introduced to an organization called Women of Tomorrow, started by former newscaster Jennifer Valopi. This organization utilized professional women to mentor high school girls. The joy of running into several of the students who tell her of the impact that she had on their lives can’t be measured.

Patricia’s favorite quote is “Tough Times Don’t Last, But Tough People Do.”

Homestead Charter Chapter

Executive Board

Meeja Ritchie-Smith


Vice President

Adrian Faulk


Pat Miller

Corresponding Secretary

Susan Rubio Rivera

Recording Secretary

Homestead Charter Chapter

Committee Chairs

Laura Delgado

Professional Development/ Programming Chair

Pat Miller

Fundraising Chair

Susan Rubio Rivera

Education Chair

Mary Ferrand

Hospitality Chair

Teresa Carabeo

Membership Chair

Meeja Ritchie-Smith

Newsletter/ Publicity Chair

Homestead Charter Chapter

Tri-County 2023-2024 

Pat Miller

Tri-County Vice Chair

Yvette Perez

Tri-County Delegate


Empowering Women through Educational Scholarships

Today’s scholarship recipients are tomorrow’s leaders.  ABWA members have provided opportunities for women to achieve their personal and professional best by championing educational opportunities through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). Since 1953, SBMEF has awarded almost 18 million dollars in scholarships to more than 17,000 women. To learn more about available scholarships, go to

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