November Leadership Opportunities

November's area business and networking calendar
Cucalorus Film Festival’s Connect Conference starting November 11 will have a business focus this year, building on last year’s 10x10 event shown above. (Photo courtesy of Cucalorus)

Looking to sharpen your skills? Make connections? Each month, WILMA will highlight upcoming business-related events in the area to help you track down ways to get involved as part of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative.

November 2: A networking event for nonprofits takes place 4-6 p.m. at the New Hanover County Library’s main branch on Chestnut Street with information about management resources available to nonprofits. Click here for info.

November 4: North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts early-bird speed networking 7:30-9 a.m. at Eddie Romanelli’s in the Waterford shopping center. Click here for info.

November 6: The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce holds its tenth annual Coasta Roasta, with food, music, and networking, overlooking the Cape Fear River. Tickets are $75. Click here for info.

November 7: The Rev. Michelle Cotton Laws, executive director of the state NAACP, educator, and women’s health specialist, speaks at the New Hanover County chapter’s annual Freedom Fund Banquet at 7 p.m. at UNCW’s Burney Center. Click here for info.

November 10: A new recruiters/hiring managers resource group celebrates its launch noon-1 p.m. at the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. The group is called CORE (Community of Recruiting Excellence). RSVP to and

November 10: Cape Fear Women in Tech, a networking group formed in partnership with WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative and tekMountain, hosts a code working for women as part of the Cucalorus Connect Conference. The event is limited to 40 participants. Click here for info and registration.

November 11-15: The Connect Conference portion of the Cucalorus Film Festival focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship, according to organizers. More than fifty Connect events are planned for this year’s festival, November 11-15, include a 10×10 program pairing filmmakers with entrepreneurs, panel talks, workshops, speakers, and meet-ups. Click here for info.

November 17: Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s Cape Fear Future program holds a morning event to announce results from its economic scorecard benchmarking the Wilmington area with other peer regions. Click here for info.

November 18: The Port City Young Professionals holds its monthly networking event in November at the Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market Street. Click here for info.

November 19: A group of six investors involved with significant projects downtown including the Sawmill Point Apartments and Water Street parking deck redevelopment speak on “Downtown’s Changing Skyline” at Wilmington Downtown Inc.’s fall economic series event. Click here for info.

November 19: CFCC’s Small Business Center offers a free seminar on “No-Pressure Selling,” led by Ron Silver, a national consultative sales trainer, who will teach about the key elements of successful salesmanship. Click here for info.

November 20: Pat Kusek is the guest speaker at Cape Fear CREW’s monthly meeting, which starts at 11:30 a.m. at Pine Valley Country Club. Kusek, owner of Kusek Financial Group, will talk about “Financial Freedom.” Click here for info.

November 21: The Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s 2015 Health Care Heroes are named to those involved in the local health care industry at an awards event. Click here for info.