BBB Business Review

Text Sizesmall medium large

This business is not BBB accredited.

National Association of Professional Women

Phone: (516) 877-5500 Fax: (516) 877-5800 View Additional Phone Numbers 1325 Franklin Ave, Suite 160, Garden City, NY 11530

BBB Business Reviews may not be reproduced for sales or promotional purposes.

BBB Accreditation

This business is not BBB accredited.

Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.

To be accredited by BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that affect the rating for National Association of Professional Women include:

  • 293 complaint(s) filed against business
  • Length of time business has taken to respond to complaint(s)
  • Business has failed to resolve underlying cause(s) of a pattern of complaints

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

293 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 53 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 100
Billing/Collection Issues 137
Delivery Issues 3
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 53
Total Closed Complaints 293

Additional Complaint Information

BBB files indicate a pattern concerning issues with the advertising and customer service representatives of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Many consumers tell BBB that they are misled regarding membership prices, membership levels, and additional fees for processing and set-up. For example, consumers reported seeing an ad for free membership for NAPW on LinkedIn. However, these consumers claim that when they contact NAPW to take advantage of that offer, they find out that joining is not free. Some consumers also allege that they were subjected to high pressure sales tactics by company representatives to join the organization even before they understood the costs or benefits. Other consumers that originally agreed to join the organization but opted afterward to cancel the membership say that they have difficulty reaching any company representatives to seek a refund. 

On October 23, 2013,  BBB contacted NAPW to request information about what the company is doing to resolve the underlying issues. In November, NAPW representatives contacted BBB and offered the following response to the inquiry:

"...much of the trend is caused not by actual user experience but by comments which follow from negative PR found online, which is then repeated without basis to BBB.  In nearly every case, we have telephone recordings and transactional documents supporting our interactions with consumers, but we never submit those in our response.  Rather, we simply acquiesce and credit the consumer."

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

38 Customer Reviews on National Association of Professional Women
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 1
Negative Experience 37
Total Customer Reviews 38

Additional Information

BBB file opened: February 05, 2008 Business started: 10/03/2007 in NY Business incorporated 10/03/2007 in NY
Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. James Kirsch, CEO, Professional Diversity Network Ms. Cindy Burns, National Director /Local Chapters Ms. Star Jones, President and Director, PDN
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. James Kirsch, CEO, Professional Diversity Network
Business Category


Alternate Business Names
NAPW, Inc.

Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Summary

National Association of Professional Women has received 1.69 out of 5 stars based on 38 Customer Reviews and a BBB Rating of D+.

BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

BBB Customer Reviews Rating represents the customers opinions of the business. The Customer Review Rating is based on the number of positive, neutral and negative customer reviews posted that are calculated to produce a score.

Customer Review Experience Value
Positive Review 5 points per review
Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

BBB letter grades represent the BBB's opinion of the business. The BBB grade is based on BBB file information about the business. In some cases, a business' grade may be lowered if the BBB does not have sufficient information about the business despite BBB requests for that information from the business.

BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
NR -----
Star Rating scale

  Average Score
5 stars 5.00
4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating is not a guarantee of a business' reliability or performance, and BBB recommends that consumers consider a business' BBB Rating and Customer Review Rating in addition to all other available information about the business. If the BBB Rating is NR then only Customer Reviews are used for the Star Rating.