Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When and how was WithIt founded?
In 1997, WithIt, "Women in the Home Industries Today," was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring,
education, networking and leadership development. Our services are focused on advancing the skills and opportunities of
professional women in business. We offer educational programming - throughout the year and across the country - on a
myriad of topics as well as sponsor an annual professional conference. We reach out to college students interested in
pursuing home furnishings-related careers with a Mentoring Day at each High Point Market plus award scholarships. We
maintain information on the status of women in leadership and honor outstanding industry contributors through our WOW Awards.
Through a diverse range of programs and events, WithIt has become highly regarded as a catalyst for career growth coupled
with business solutions and professional partnership.
Q: What is WithIt’s purpose?
WithIt is a women’s leadership development network.
Q: Who can belong to WithIt?
Any professional within the home and furnishings industries may belong to WithIt.
Q: How does WithIt define the home and furnishings industries?
Any industry serving home and furnishings whether it is hospitality, furniture retail, casegoods manufacturing, youth, surfaces, accessories,
lighting, textiles, casual/outdoor, bedding and commercial and interior designer. Any supplier or service provider to these industries may also belong.
Q: This is a women’s leadership development network organization but I notice you have male members.
Our concentration lies with developing women leaders but certainly we welcome our industry peers. They lend a valuable voice to every conversation and value our connections and voice.
Q: What is the difference in a corporate membership and an individual membership?
Corporate membership is owned by the corporation and is also a sponsorship. Members may be changed within the year by the corporation.
Individual memberships are owned by the individual and follow them with their job.
Q: I am a student. How do I get a chapter started at my university?
There is information on how to apply on the student café page. Learn more...
Q: How do I find events in my area?
Please watch withit.org, menu pick events, for the current events. Special regional events will also show up on the Chapter page for your region.
Q: There is no chapter in my area. May I start one?
If you are a member of WithIt and have a desire to build a community of women in the home and furnishings industry, we would love to have you start a chapter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Q: At what markets does WithIt have events?
High Point Market
The Canadian Home Furnishings Market
World Market Center, Las Vegas