W2W Year in Review

Here’s what we’ve been up to in 2019

WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative has updates to share as we continue to work on the mission of helping develop more women leaders in our area. Here’s what we’ve been up to in 2019:

LEADERSHIP ACCELERATOR: This year’s Leadership Accelerator event in July featured a sold-out lunch talk with Sheri Lynch, co-host and owner of the nationally syndicated radio show The Bob & Sheri Show. Over 400 women came to the half-day Accelerator event (shown above), which also included workshops on leadership topics and board training sessions.  

GET ON BOARD: The Get on Board program, held in partnership with UNCW’s QENO, prepares women for joining boards of directors. Besides group training sessions, we also help connect potential candidates to area boards through speed networking events and our website WILMAsGetOnBoard.com.  

MENTORING: We matched up thirty women with mentors as part of our yearlong mentoring program. Starting in April and through monthly one-on-one meetings, the participants met with their mentors to gain insight and advice about leadership goals. We also held a group mentoring event this fall, open to all WILMA readers. (Applications for the next group of mentoring program participants open in February to those who participated in any Women to Watch program this year.)  

LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: The 2019 class of WILMA’s Leadership Institute, made up of thirty-two women who applied and were selected through a judging process, met monthly for a nine-month program of leadership skills development, peer mentoring, and connecting with area executives. The 2020 class starts in January. (The application window has closed for next year’s class, but notices for 2021 will go out in the summer.)  

WILMA AWARDS: Thirty-five finalists were recognized in our eighth annual Women to Watch Awards in October. At the awards event, seven category winners were honored. (Applications for next year’s awards open in June.)  

ADVISORY BOARD: Our advisory board members met quarterly to hear updates about the program and give feedback for ideas to grow it. They also served as judges for WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards and Leadership Institute class.  

IN THE LOOP: Keep up to date with these and other Leadership Initiative programs as well as applications announcement by going to WILMAmag.com/women-to-watch or signing up for the WILMA Weekly newsletter on our website.  


– Vicky Janowski, WILMA editor, and Maggi Apel, events director, co-directors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative W2W@WILMAmag.com

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