About Us

Who we are

The Executive Women in Government (EWG) has been an important force in the advocacy for and support of advancement of women into federal and military leadership positions. Through its highly acclaimed mentor program, informal leader development activities, and unprecedented networking opportunities, EWG creates amazing opportunities for current and aspiring female senior leaders to share and engage on their most pressing challenges and most inspiring achievements. It is an honor and a privilege to serve as President, and I encourage you to join us as we endeavor to continue to inspire, elevate and support a more diverse and inclusive federal and military leadership cadre.

Dr. Patrina M. Clark

Dr. Clark’s Bio


Executive Women in Government (EWG) was founded in 1973 by the Honorable Barbara Franklin and other high-ranking government women as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of Federal women executives. Members prepare, promote, and support women for senior leadership positions in the Federal Government and the military through networking, shared knowledge and experience, and mentoring.

Our mission is to prepare, promote, support and mentor women for senior leadership positions in the Federal Government and military. We will do this by building a powerful network to share experiences, to enhance professional relationships, and to increase understanding among women executives in the Federal Government. Additionally, we motivate women leaders in the federal government to contribute to effective succession planning by creating a mentoring culture within their spheres of influence.


“We, the women in government who were really concerned about the advancement of women, began having meetings. I was then serving in the White House and was able to arrange meetings there, first in the Roosevelt Room, then as our numbers grew, in larger venues. After I left the White House, we wanted to keep meeting, so   we formed Executive Women in Government in 1973 and created by-laws in 1974.  The level of camaraderie and support was astounding.  For us, EWG was an anchor, a place to come to share experiences, support one another, and make life-long friendships.”

—Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin

Advocate for the advancement of women in senior leadership positions in the Federal Government, to include taking a public position on issues related to the purposes and goals of the organization; Provide an opportunity to become better acquainted with other professional women in an atmosphere conducive to the constructive exchange of professional ideas; and encourage by collective example and action, interest and participation in public service by other women.

Save the Date – Holiday Tea at the Ritz

Thursday, December 6th, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
Ritz Carlton | 1150 22nd St NW | Washington D.C.

Stay tuned for details about Holiday Tea and other exciting programs for EWG’s 2018 – 2019 Program Year.


Who Makes up EWG?

Member Highlight

EWG members represent all branches of the federal government, including current employees, those retired from the federal service, current and former political appointees, and former federal employees who are now in the non-profit and corporate sectors.

EWG means new professional contacts, new friends, and new insights helpful to your professional growth and business. Through EWG, professional women are reaching beyond, learning anew, and finding the ideas and opportunities they need to grow and advance in the new millennium.

What’s Happening at EWG?

Our News

EWG Member, Naomi Mercer awarded 2018 annual Distinguished Essay Award from the DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association

EWG Member, Naomi Mercer awarded 2018 annual Distinguished Essay Award from the DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association

Research shows that women do not consider running for political office until someone asks them…

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Want to improve your odds for career advancement?  Check out this webinar: “Getting to SES: The Top Ten Reasons People are Not Selected for SES Positions & What to do to be More Competitive & Move your Career Forward”

Want to improve your odds for career advancement? Check out this webinar: “Getting to SES: The Top Ten Reasons People are Not Selected for SES Positions & What to do to be More Competitive & Move your Career Forward”

There are approximately 7,200 Career Service Senior Executive (SES) Positions in the federal government. There…

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EWG Mentoring Program Mid-Point Evaluation

EWG Mentoring Program Mid-Point Evaluation

The Executive Women in Government (EWG) Mentoring Program has been carefully designed to help women who…

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