WILMA's 3rd Annual Women to Watch Awards

300 nominations, 8 judges, 35 finalists

There’s just too many. Too many women in the Wilmington area who are getting things done, making waves, leading out front, helping others.

Two years after launching the WILMA Women to Watch awards, we continued to see an increase in the number of nominations for those worthy of the title. So instead of just introducing you to seven up-and-coming women in the community, how about thirty-five?

This year, we decided to highlight five finalists in each of the seven categories: business, health care, education, nonprofit/volunteer, arts, public service, and rising star.

The winners of each category will be announced later this month at WILMA’s first-ever Women to Watch Awards Celebration on October 24. (In the past, winners were honored at a private luncheon, but we decided to open up the party to everyone.)

After all, there’s just too many reasons to celebrate.

Women to Watch award bracelets custom designed by Perla Segovia (www.PerlaSegovia.com)



JOY ALLEN is the founder of WILMA magazine and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal. After selling the publications, she entered the nonprofit sector and now serves as executive director of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina.

RHONDA BELLAMY is executive director of the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County. A co-founder of the Black Arts Alliance Inc., she founded the organization's signature North Carolina Black Film Festival.

JANA JONES HALLS is executive director of the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence (BRC). She was an educator at Friends School of Wilmington and has taught at DREAMS of Wilmington.

During BLAIR KUTROW‘s twenty-five-year career in the wireless telecommunications industry, she held executive leadership positions with companies including Vanguard/ Cellular One, Sprint/Nextel, and XM Radio. After moving to Wilmington, she helped her sister start the private pediatric occupational therapy practice Coastal Kids Therapy and opened Sola Salon Studios.

CHARLOTTE ROSENBERG is co-founder and vice president of Monarcares.com. Rosenberg also is a certified senior advisor, certified Alzheimer's educator for the Alzheimer's Association, and the Alzheimer's Association Ambassador for the 7th Congressional District.

EDELMIRA SEGOVIA is an interim associate provost at UNCW. She leads the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, overseeing diversity centers focused on African-American, Hispanic, LGBT, and women initiatives.

JULIE WILSEY is deputy airport director at Wilmington International Airport and will start as the new airport director in January. Wilsey was winner of the 2013 Women to Watch award in the public service category.

ELLEN WORTMAN is a partner in the law firm Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo’s Wilmington office. She has served on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Committee.



Click here for the Business category finalists.

Click here for the Health Care category finalists.

Click here for the Education category finalists.

Click here for the Nonprofit category finalists.

Click here for the Arts category finalists.

Click here for the Public Service category finalists.

Click here for the Rising Star (age 30 and under) category finalists.


To view more of photographer Katherine Clark's work, go to www.katherineclarkphotography.com