Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best
Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women. Today, we have about 30,000 members and supporters in countries across North America, Latin America and the Pacific Rim. We are one of five federations that make up Soroptimist International, which has clubs in more than 120 countries throughout the world.
Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.
Our Core Values
Women and girls live free from discrimination
Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest
Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education
Diversity & Fellowship
Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.
Our Clubs and Members
Soroptimist International of the Americas has about 1,300 clubs in countries across North America, Latin America and the Pacific Rim who work to economically empower women and girls. Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the Soroptimist organization.
Get to Know Us
Learn more about who we are and what we do.
Our years of experience working with women and girls has taught us that education is the key to unlocking economic empowerment of the world’s women and girls. When women and girls are educated, they have opportunity, choice and power to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.
Soroptimist is proud to be recognized with a Platinum Participation level by the Guidestar Exchange and with the Seal of Excellence by the Standards for Institute Excellence, symbolizing our deep commitment to nonprofit transparency, accountability, and ethics. Visit our Guidestar profile for more details.
In 2017, our Live Your Dream Awards and Dream It, Be It programs received 'The Power of A Awards' from the American Society of Association Executives, recognizing their outstanding innovation, efficacy, and positive impact.
Our international Board of Directors includes members from the countries in which we operate, across North America, Latin America and the Pacific Rim.
Oak Harbor, WA, USA
Benicia, CA, USA
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Chin-Yun Chen Cheng
Peterborough, ON, Canada
Daejeon, South Korea
Manassas, VA, USA
Lucena City, Philippines
Rosella B. Santiesteban
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Maria Helena R. dos Santos
Monroe, MI, USA
Our staff is made up of professionals dedicated to the Soroptimist mission. We work in collaboration with our Board, leaders, members, and supporters to help women and girls live their dreams.
Chief Financial Officer
Iesha D. Brown
Impact & Engagement
Senior Director of Global Marketing & Development
We work to empower women every day.
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Special thanks to our current and past partners for believing in us and the women and girls we help.