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Banking and Finance Resources: Professional Associations

Professional Associations

Accounting, Banking & Finance

American Bankers Association: Founded in 1875, the American Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes, supporting the nation’s banking industry and employees.

The American Finance Association (AFA): The purpose of The American Finance Association is to promote knowledge of financial economics.

American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA): Formed in 1938, the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) provides opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance.

Association for Financial Professionals, Inc. (AFP): The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) serves treasury and finance professionals.

Consumer Bankers Association (CBA): The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) is the only member-driven trade association focused exclusively on retail banking.

International Federation of Accountants (IFAC): IFAC is a global organization representing 3 million accountants.

National Association of Black Accountants: Since 1969, this group has strived to promote and develop minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance.

National Bankers Association (NBA):The mission of The National Bankers Association is to create an inclusive financial services industry and a vibrant business environment for minority financial institutions, their customers, and the communities they serve.


American Marketing Association (AMA): The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the largest marketing association in North America and is a resource that thousands of marketers utilize daily.

The National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP): Since 1991, The National Association of Sales Professionals (NASP) has been committed to developing sales professionals to become leaders in the ever-evolving sales world.

Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI): Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI) is a worldwide organization dedicated to connecting individuals in the sales and marketing arenas.

Social Media Club: Social Media Club is a professional organization that promotes social media literacy. They work to develop industry standards and provide members knowledge of industry trends in the cutting-edge field of social media marketing.

Business Management & Supply Chain Management

American Management Association: The AMA provides trainings and valuable resources to ensure business professionals stay knowledgeable in the competitive business world.

American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS): The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) provides research and education and certification programs for supply chain and operations management professionals.

DECA: This international, non-profit organization has been developing the business skills of college and high school students since 1946. DECA members have the opportunity to network with local business leaders and develop business skills through mock presentations and competitions.

Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO): The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a global network working to enhance entrepreneurs' abilities to be successful by learning and growing from each others' knowledge and experience.

Human Resources

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP): Founded in 1942, the International Association of Administrative Professionals provides administrative professionals opportunities for growth, networking, education, and development.

National Human Resources Association (NHRA): The National Human Resources Association (NHRA) was established in 1961 to support the professional development of human resource professionals.

Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA): Professionals in Human Resources Association was founded in 1944 and provides human resources professionals the opportunity to collaborate in an effort to enhance the profession.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): SHRM is the world's largest HR membership association and is dedicated to serving the needs of HR managers.

Healthcare Management

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM): AAHAM is the premier professional organization in healthcare administrative management. It has become an important resource for information, education and advocacy on issues and trends in healthcare management.

The Professional Association of Health Care Office Management: This association is designed to focus on local healthcare concerns by networking with hospitals and medical organizations to help solve local problems.