About Us


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 160,000 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 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

Gender Equality

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.

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Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc.
1709 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103



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Our Impact

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. 

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Our Board

Our international Board of Directors includes members from throughout the 21 countries and territories in which we operate.

Penny Babb


Peoria, AZ, USA
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Kazuko Morita


Kyoto, Japan
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Jackie DeMartini


New Castle, CA, USA

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Myra Paz V. Abubakar

Zamboanga City, Philippines

Deb Cook

Fairhope, PA, USA

Sonia Maria Da Silva Loyola

Curitiba, Brazil

Taeko Endo

Sendai City, Japan

Elizabeth Jane “BJ” Gallagher

Rosedale Station, Canada

Sing-Hwang (Teresa) Hsu

Taipei, Taiwan

Yukiko Kaneko 

Hiroshima City, Japan

Clara Luces De Orue

Asuncion, Paraguay

Freda Powell

Amarillo, TX, USA

Stephanie Smith

Oak Harbor, WA, USA


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

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Michelle Burnett

Chief Operating and
Financial Officer

Lori Blair

Vice President, 
Impact and Strategy

Iesha Brown

Vice President,
Stakeholder Engagement


At Soroptimist, we are all about empowering women and girls. But what does that really mean?


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Our Partners


Special thanks to our current and past partners for believing in us and the women and girls we help.

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