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Future Leaders Fest

Join us on December 3 for WILMA’s inaugural Future Leaders Fest, geared towards high school and middle school aged girls.

The Fest will take place during The WILMA Show from 10am-2pm, at the Wilmington Convention Center.

The Fest will include fun + interactive workshops including STEM activities, inspiration stations with music, dance, art and more.


Connect with local female leaders to learn, grow and be mentored!

See below for more details including the schedule, participating vendors, interactive workshop descriptions and more!

2022 Future Leaders Fest

Saturday, December 3, 2022

10:00 am -2:00 pm

Wilmington Convention Center


This event is free to attend, but pre-registration is highly encouraged!

Click here to reserve your space

Future Leaders Fest tickets also includes entry into the 2022 WILMA Show.
Click here to learn more about The WILMA Show

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Future Leaders Fest Exhibitors

Check out the list of local businesses that will be putting on fun + interactive workshops!

Film Making with Honey Head FilmsShoot Like A Girl Film Camp

Programming with Code Ninjas

Repairing Tendons, Joints + Bones with Wilmington Health

Caricature Making with artist HP Fangs

Making Optical Fiber with Corning Incorporated

Budgeting with  Self-Help Credit Union

Making Trail Mix with  Dietitian Kaitlyn

Operating Robots with Wired Wizards

Innovation Challenge with UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Science Experiments with Young Scientist Academy

Hair Design with Cape Fear Community College’s Cosmetology School

Graphic Design Project with Cape Fear Community College

Creating & Decorating Ornaments with Power Tool Demonstrations with Cape Fear Professional Women in Building

Bracelet Making & Wax-Resist Painting on Canvas with DREAMS of Wilmington

Thinking on Your Feet with Live Oak Bank


Parking options:

  • Convention Center Garage: $3 for first hour, $2/hour thereafter (max of $13). Attendant on site.
  • Nutt Street Parking Deck: $1/hour payable by debit or credit card only.
  • CFCC Student Lot #2: Available for free. Limited spaces will be available.

Registration Information:

  • Guests will check in at the registration table upon arrival and staff will be on-site checking tickets

Note: The Future Leaders Fest is free to attend, but we highly encourage pre-registering to secure a time slot

About Future Leaders

Future Leaders Fest is WILMA’s newest initiative aimed at connecting high school and middle school girls with successful women in our region, career possibilities and a range of fun activities.

The Future Leaders Program is part of WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative. 

Interested in learning more about WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative?

For sponsorship opportunities, contact marketing@wilmingtonbiz.com

For events and programming questions, contact Elizabeth Stelzenmuller, events director, at estelz@wilmingtonbiz.com

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