Description of Lecture: Abstract: In 2018, the North American Saxophone Alliance launched an important initiative. The Committee on the Status of Women was formed within the larger NASA membership in efforts to create awareness of the intersectional aspects of those within our organization. The intent of this committee may be best represented in a question - how might we best work together to both acknowledge and grow the sphere of influence of our diverse membership? During this North American Saxophone Alliance Regional presentation, we will communicate our mission and vision statements, short and long term goals, organizational structure, and details on the committee's mentoring program. We will also include time for interaction and feedback among attendees. Justification: The Committee on the Status of Women has the potential to strengthen the North American Saxophone Alliance by bringing sharp focus to important issues that impact women within our professional organization. At the heart of the Committee's contribution is a commitment to providing opportunities for the women of NASA to seek mentoring from highly accomplished professionals within the membership. The fact remains that genuine, systemic equality for women within most organizations is still unrealized. If the answer to more than one of the following questions is “Yes,” forming a women’s committee is likely an effective way to achieve long-unrealized goals: Is there a need to encourage more women to become active in NASA? Should the organization be addressing certain issues that it is not (pay equity, sexual harassment, unequal access to performance opportunities)? Are women underrepresented in field leadership positions? Do you see a need for training like public speaking, running a meeting, or mentoring potential new female leadership? Mobilizing and organizing women to champion their interests—and ultimately, the advancement of NASA--is an effective way to hasten change.