The C200 Foundation has
awarded more than
$1.5M in Scholar Awards since its founding.

Our History



In 1982, a handful of the most powerful women in business gathered in Los Angeles to raise $200,000 for The National Association for Women Business Owners, a network dedicated to women entrepreneurs. Once the group raised the funds for NAWBO, the members recognized the collective strength of the informal community they had created. Ultimately, the founders, including Katharine Graham and Christie Hefner, conceived a broader agenda that became today’s Committee of 200, with a membership that has far surpassed the original goal.

From its first days, C200 has served as a vital network and community for women with common business leadership experiences and like-minded goals to share their success and to support each other.

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