The Young Black Women’s Society was founded in 2005 by Alicia Canady Adamson, Rashonda Ambrose, Nachelle Gordon, India Holmes, and Wachimide Labranche to help professional black women develop themselves first so in turn they can share their learning with the community to help other black women and girls to feel empowered and give them a voice. They wanted to empower emerging women of color to feel valued and prepared to seek leadership the city of Boston. They wanted them to embrace the power of sisterhood and power of serving.
In 2015, YBWS celebrated its tenth anniversary and adopted a new name and expanded vision, the National Black Women’s Society. One thing remains true, this is a For Us by Us organization where everything NBWS does benefits black women’s advancement and leadership.