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Women To Watch Awards

Celebrating the movers-and-shakers, the disruptors, the inspirations for successes to come

Join us for our 2023 Women to Watch Awards. On September 8, we’ll celebrate the thirty-five women that were selected as finalists this year and announce the winners in each category.

Meet the finalists! Click here to see WILMA’s 2023 Women to Watch Awards finalists in each category.

Finalists are selected in the following categories: Arts, Business, Education, Health, Nonprofit/Volunteer, Public Sector and Rising Stars.

Nominations closed May 3, 2023 and will reopen April 2024.


WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards
September 8, 2023
Wilmington Convention Center


TicketEarly-bird: $70
Regular: $80

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Lock-in your early-bird rate! Price increases August 1.


5:30-6:30pm – Cocktail hour includes open bar with wine, beer and appetizers

6:30 – 7:30pm – Awards program

7:30-10pm – Food stations open, bars reopen, live music and the dance floor will be waiting!

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Our annual Women to Watch Awards celebrates the women making an impact on our community. Thirty-five women are selected as finalists each year by an outside panel of judges. Finalists are featured in the Fall issue of WILMA, digitally on WILMAmag.com, on WILMA’s social media platforms and recognized at WILMA’s annual Women to Watch Awards event. The seven category winners are also announced at the event, which will be held on Sept. 8 at the Wilmington Convention Center.

Nominations closed May 3, 2023 and will reopen April 2024.

Women to Watch Awards categories:

Public Sector
Nonprofit / Volunteer
Rising Star (Under 30)

The rising star category is limited to women under 30. Nominee must turn 30 after September 8, 2023.

The public sector category recognizes women who work in the area’s public service sector – public safety agencies, local and state government, military, etc.

Individuals can nominate someone or apply themselves. The awards are open to those who live or work in New Hanover, Brunswick or Pender counties.

Recapping WILMA’s 2022 Women to Watch Awards:

Click here for a full list of the 2022 Women to Watch finalists and click here for a list of the 2022 winners in each category.

Scroll through the event photo album! Click here to view now.


The Women to Watch Awards is part of WILMA’s overall Women to Watch Leadership Initiative and is supported by the sponsors of this program.

Click here for a full list of Women to Watch sponsors. 

For more information on sponsoring WILMA’s Women to Watch Initiative, contact marketing@wilmingtonbiz.com.