PWR began from an outgrowth of a discussion in the spring of 2002 among Founders Nicole Galli, Janine DiLauro and Susan Baren-Pearson, and PWR adviser, Mary Beth Pratt. The three PWR Founders were all at places in their careers where they desired to interact on a professional level with like-minded women who were at similar stages in their careers. They recognized the void in professional organizations: there were no formal or informal opportunities that regularly brought together professional women contemporaries for the sole purpose of networking. There were no forums where professional development is discussed in the context of an individual’s development initiatives, and the idea to create such a forum was born.