History : AFW stands for Absolutely Fabulous Women. AFW was founded by Rosanna Penilla-Bharucha in 2014 to gather and celebrate 40 amazing women over Forty in the Greater Toronto Area, Peel and Halton Regions and the Niagara. The celebration was to honor and appreciate women on International Women’s Day from all walks of life for their remarkable achievements and strong support in the communities they serve. This signature event is popularly known as the AFW- 40 Over Forty.

After a successful celebration and awards ceremony of the 40 winners, Rosanna who is a visionary and who has pioneered this movement felt that there is a need to create a new platform where all winners and other women can come together to strengthen their fellowship and provide support for one another.


On May 26th, 2015 AFW Connect was launched at Monte Carlo Inn, Mississauga, Ontario. Over 70 women attended the event from a variety of small business owners, winners of 40 over Forty and leaders of not for profit organizations. AFW Connect website made its debut on this day presented by our partners, Websitetoon.


What is AFW Connect?

AFW Connect is a social and business network created for women empowering women and the business community.

Who we are?

We are a Women group or network of small business owners, self-employed, professionals and community leaders around the globe.

AFW Connect strives to connect you with the right people to create results in your business and create partnerships with others.


Round Table Meeting is an “after work” networking group within the AFW Connect .  Although, non-members are welcome to attend other events, members can bring a guest to the Round Table.  Round Table meetings occur on the third Monday of the month. Each meeting allows members to interact and network with each other, while learning valuable insights on how to improve their business. Meetings follow one of three themes: Members Showcase, Networking Exercises, or Invited Guest Speakers.

AFW Connect meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. with registration at 7:00 p.m and are held at the Alpha’s Discovery Club in Mississauga.  Information of the meeting is always posted on FB Events and on our Events/Calendar page.

Click here for the AFW Connect Calendar.

Click here for the AFW Round Table Meeting Sign Up Sheet

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