2023 Women to Watch Award Winners

Meet the winners celebrated in this year’s awards

2023w2w Web 231The winners of this year’s Women to Watch Awards were announced Friday, when a sold-out crowd gathered at the Wilmington Convention Center to celebrate the thirty-five finalists and cheer on the winners in each category: Arts, Business, Education, Health, Nonprofit/Volunteer, Public Sector, and Rising Star.

This year’s awards mark the eleventh year of the program, which recognizes women working in their respective fields.

Here are the 2023 WILMA Women to Watch Awards winners.


Melissa Wilgis

Fine Arts Photographer, One Fine Fotogram



Pam Hardy

District Manager, Duke Energy



Michaela Howells

Associate Professor of Anthropology, UNCW



Alexis Hunter

Community Liaison, Wilmington Health



Meade Horton Van Pelt

Executive Director, The Harrelson Center


Public Sector

Fawn N. Rhodes

Health & Human Services Equity Coordinator, New Hanover County


Rising Star

Allayna Dail

Assistant Director of Community Relations, City of Southport

To view the Women to Watch Awards Finalists’ main page, click here.

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