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 120,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories. We are one of four 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 improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and 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 21 countries and territories 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
Watch our organizational videos and learn more about who we are and what we do.
Our international Board of Directors includes members from throughout the 21 countries and territories in which we operate.
Dawn Marie Lemonds
Tustin, CA, USA
Elizabeth Di Geronimo
Klamath Falls, OR, USA
Julieta Armendariz de Lopez
San Diego, CA, USA
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
Karen Cromer Johnson
Eagan, MN, USA
Westbrook, CT, USA
Los Banos, CA, USA
Mariza Schuster Bueno
Rio Negro, Paraná, Brazil
Tina Wei-Kang Pan
Our Senior Staff
Our staff, located in our headquarters office in Philadelphia, PA, is made up of professionals dedicated to the Soroptimist mission. We work in collaboration with our Board, leaders, and members to help women and girls live their dreams.
Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, MBA
Executive Director & CEO
Chief Operating & Financial Officer
Senior Director of Programs
Senior Director of Marketing Communications
Senior Director of Membership and Leadership Development
Senior Director of Information Services
Nancy Montvydas, CFRE
Senior Director of 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.