Last Updated: April 15, 2015

UPWARD – Uniting Professional Women Advancing Relationships and Development (“UPWARD,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) – is a non-profit corporation dedicated to creating a collaborative forum for the education and advancement of senior- level professional women. We value your relationship with us and are committed to protecting your online privacy. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, store, and use information obtained when you visit our website at (the “UPWARD Website”). By visiting and using the UPWARD Website, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by the terms of this Privacy Policy. UPWARD may update this Privacy Policy from time to time, and your continued use of the UPWARD Website is deemed to constitute your acceptance of any updated terms. We will notify you of any material changes to the Privacy Policy as required by law.

How We Collect and Use Information

Personally Identifiable Information. We collect personally identifiable information (“Personal Information”) that you choose to provide to us. Although you can visit many pages on the UPWARD Website without providing any Personal Information, you must provide certain Personal Information to apply for UPWARD membership and receive members-only communications from us.

When you apply to join UPWARD through our sign-up form on the UPWARD Website, we collect the following Personal Information:

  • Name
  • Company
  • Job Title
  • E-Mail Address
  • City
  • State (US only)
  • Country
  • Sign-up Comments (optional)

You may also provide Personal Information to us in other ways on the UPWARD Website, including when you send us e-mail or register on-site at one of our events.

Our purpose in collecting Personal Information from you is to provide you with access to members-only information, events, networks, and other UPWARD programs and services. From time to time and only with UPWARD’s prior written consent, we may share Personal Information with our sponsors to permit them to use the Personal Information to contact UPWARD members and offer professionally relevant programs and services. Sponsors with whom we share Personal Information are obligated to use that Personal Information in a manner consistent with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

The UPWARD Website is not intended for use by, and does not knowingly collect information from, anyone under 13 years of age. No one under the age of 13 is allowed to subscribe to the UPWARD Website or otherwise provide Personal Information to us.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information. We may also passively collect information from you that is not personally identifiable information (“Other Information”) when you visit the UPWARD Website, including:

  • Your web browser and operating system
  • Your IP address
  • The domain name of your Internet service provider
  • The date and time of your UPWARD website visit
  • Other technical information about your use of the UPWARD Website collected through cookies, web beacons, and other standard web tools

By passively collecting this Other Information from you and other UPWARD Website visitors, we can understand overall usage trends of the UPWARD Website and better ensure its consistent performance.

How We Share Your Information

UPWARD’s mission to support the education for the advancement of executive women hinges on building and maintaining a trusted relationship with you. In collecting Personal Information and Other Information, our goal is to provide you with the best possible access to the UPWARD Website and benefits of UPWARD membership. In furtherance of this mission, we may share your Personal Information or Information with third parties without further notice to you in the following circumstances:

Third-Party Service Providers. We may contract with third parties to help us host and maintain the UPWARD Website, send members-only e-mail communications, and provide other services that support UPWARD operations. In each case, we will share Personal Information and Information only to the extent necessary to enable the third party to provide the agreed-upon support services.

Sponsors. As described above in the “Personally Identifiable Information” section, we may permit sponsors to use Personal Information for the limited purpose of offering professionally relevant programs and services to UPWARD members. For example, if you attend an UPWARD members-only event and give consent to be contacted by a sponsor of the event, the sponsor may communicate directly with you after the event regarding professional networking and other engagements specific to that sponsor’s organization.

As Required by Law. UPWARD may also share Personal Information and Other Information where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to prevent fraud, to protect your personal safety or that of the public, or to protect the legal interests of UPWARD, UPWARD members and any relevant third parties.

In Connection with a Merger or Other Transaction. In the event that UPWARD undergoes a merger, asset transfer, reorganization, or other business transaction, the entity involved in such transaction will receive access to your Personal Information as our successor and will be obligated to comply with this Privacy Policy in connection with its use of your Personal Information.

Your Control over Information Sharing

You may choose not to submit Personal Information to the UPWARD Website, but doing so will prevent you from receiving members-only information about UPWARD programs and services. You can also unsubscribe from our e-mails anytime by clicking the opt-out link or following other instructions included in each e-mail we send. After unsubscribing, you will be removed from our e-mail database and your UPWARD membership will be cancelled. Please allow up to 10 business days to process your request. After unsubscribing, you may still receive e-mail messages about the status of your account, to resolve technical issues, or to confirm a new subscription.
You may also prevent collection of certain Information by adjusting your web browser’s privacy settings to block websites from setting cookies. Blocking cookies may limit your experience on the UPWARD Website.

“Do Not Track” signals. “Do Not Track” is a feature of some web browsers, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari, that allows users to control the tracking of their browsing activities across websites. Because the UPWARD Website does not track your browsing activities on other websites, it does not respond to browsers’ “Do Not Track” signals.

Your California Privacy Rights

If you reside in California, you may request information about our disclosures of your Personal Information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Such requests must be submitted to us by e-mail at info [at] upwardwomen [dot] org.

Within 30 days of receiving such a request, we will provide a list of the categories of Personal Information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes (if any) during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of such third parties. This request may be made no more than once per calendar year. We reserve the right not to respond to requests submitted other than as specified in the above paragraph.


To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of Personal Information, we have put in place physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to protect the Personal Information we collect online. No data transmission over the Internet, however, can be guaranteed to be completely secure. While we strive to protect your Personal Information, the UPWARD cannot completely ensure or warrant the security of Personal Information you provide to us through the UPWARD Website.

Links To Other Websites

This Privacy Policy applies solely to the collection and use of Personal Information and Information as provided on the UPWARD Website for use by UPWARD. The UPWARD Website may contain links to other, unaffiliated websites that UPWARD does not operate or control. UPWARD is not responsible for and cannot control how these other websites protect your online privacy. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of any website you visit, particularly one that requests personally identifiable information from you.

Contact Us

If you wish to make changes to any Personal Information you have provided to us, or if you have any questions or comments regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us at


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