The 2018 Women to Watch Awards Finalists

Meet this year's WILMA Women to Watch Awards finalists

It’s time to roll out the red carpet.

On October 12, we recognize the thirty-five women selected as finalists for this year’s WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards. We’ll also announce the winners for the seven categories, area women who are making a mark in their fields.

Read about those dynamic women in the following pages. Their contributions to the community – through patient outreach, education policy, software engineering, and more – are varied but equally impressive.

Through hundreds of nominations and applications, their work stood out to our panel of outside judges who had the difficult task of weighing the accomplishments.

In this issue, we introduce this year’s finalists in: arts, business, education, health, nonprofit/volunteer, public service, and rising star. The rising star category is the only one with an age description and is open to those under the age of thirty.

For Q&As with the finalists, go to our website at, and stay tuned on for the winner announcements.


The Categories

To see the finalists for the ARTS category, click here.

To see the finalists for the BUSINESS category, click here.

To see the finalists for the EDUCATION category, click here.

To see the finalists for the HEALTH category, click here.

To see the finalists for the NONPROFIT/VOLUNTEER category, click here.

To see the finalists for the PUBLIC SERVICE category, click here.

To see the finalists for the RISING STAR category, click here.

The Judging Process

Each year, WILMA opens up the nominations process for the Women to Watch Awards during the summer.

Our judging panel – made up of women leaders who sit on the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative’s advisory board as well as outside guests – pick the finalists and winners in each of the seven categories.

WILMA would like to thank the judges for volunteering their time and expertise on the awards.


The Judges

Amy Grant

Diane Durance

Tammy Proctor

Donna Esteves

Karen Weaver

Wanda Coley

Kelly Schaudt

Kristy Hubard

Deloris Rhodes

Avril Pinder

Stefanie Adams

Susanne Adams

photos by Chris Brehmer

makeup by Anna Lee Woodall

shot at Chris Brehmer Photography Studios

awards bracelet design by Stephanie Donaldson