W2W Leadership Initiative’s January Updates

Updates on WILMA's Women to Watch Leadership Initiative
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Photograph taken from WILMA Institute 2019 cohort’s graduation

WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative has updates to share as we continue to work on the effort’s core mission of helping develop more women leaders in our area. Here’s what we’ve been up to with various W2W Leadership Initiative programs and what’s coming up next:

Leadership Institute: Applications for the 2021 WILMA’s Leadership Institute are open this month. This year’s nine-month program runs April-December. The program gives up-and-coming leaders the opportunity to go through intensive leadership training, serve as each other’s personal board of directors, and interact with experienced leaders in the area. Skills topics include leading through challenging times, understanding communication styles, negotiating techniques, and more. The application deadline is January 31. Info: WILMALeadership.com

WILMA Network: Members of the WILMA Network, made up of sponsors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative, capped off the year last month with a Zoom meetup and heard from several Network members on year-end topics. Meadowlark boutique owner Kendall Hurt shared advice on holiday looks and shopping local; CastleBranch talent development director Poonam Kahlon talked about keeping employees engaged, especially with remote working; and New Hanover County chief communications officer Jessica Loeper gave an update on the county’s response to COVID-19.

WILMA Leadership Email: If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to read WILMA’s Monday emails, which focus on leadership topics and profiles.

In The Loop: Keep up to date with these and other Leadership Initiative programs as well as applications announcement by signing up for the WILMA Leadership email at WILMAmag.com/email-newsletter

– Vicky Janowski, WILMA editor, and Maggi Apel, vice president of sales, Co-directors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative W2W@WILMAmag.com

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Categories: Women to Watch