W2W Leadership Initiative’s September Updates

Updates on WILMA's Women to Watch Leadership Initiative

W2w MainWILMA’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: Members of the 2022 WILMA’s Leadership Institute met last month at UNCW’s Veterans Hall. They heard a presentation from Linda Thompson, chief diversity and equity officer for New Hanover County (above), about inclusion topics leaders can share with their organizations. While at UNCW, the university’s new chancellor Aswani Volety and College of Health and Human Services and WILMA Institute alum Justine Reel also met with the group. The Institute is made up of forty women who meet monthly for leadership skills training, interaction with area executives, and peer mentoring sessions. Applications for next year’s class open again in the fall.

FUTURE LEADERS: Applications are now open for the inaugural WILMA’s Future Leaders class. Open to current 11th graders in New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties, the no-cost program will select twelve teens to be paired with mentors and attend our major Women to Watch Leadership Initiative events. The application deadline is September 16. For info, go to wilmamag.com/applications-are-open-for-wilmas-future-leaders.

WILMA NETWORK: The WILMA Network, made up of women from the companies that support the Women to Watch initiative, serves as a resource for the women involved and represents a variety of area businesses, large and small. Members participate in monthly small-group networking events.

GETTING SOCIAL: Check out the initiative’s social media pages, where you can find the latest info about leadership program announcements, applications, and updates on women who have been involved with W2W. Follow us at facebook.com/WILMAsWomenToWatch and on Instagram @WILMAsWomentoWatch.

IN THE LOOP: Keep up to date with these and other Leadership Initiative programs as well as application announcements by going to WILMAmag.com or signing up for the WILMA Leadership email at WILMAmag.com/email-newsletter.

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

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