WILMA’s Leadership Accelerator: The Workshops

Learn more about the 2023 Leadership Workshops taking place at the 2023 conference

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Join two out of four 45-minute breakout sessions with personalized programming that allows you to select the workshop that aligns with your goals.

Attendees will select which workshops they would like to attend at the event and sessions will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. 

SESSION 1: 10:00-10:45am

SESSION 2: 11:00-11:45am

Learn more about our leadership workshop hosts!

Click here to view speaker bios.

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Presented by Ellen Contente, Founder, Heart-Centered Programs
Seminar Room 107

Looking for a way to create more balance in your life? Tired of struggling to find time for your personal goals while juggling work responsibilities?

Join this session for a fun and interactive workshop that will bust the myth of work-life balance and help you create inner harmony instead. Engaging exercises and activities will guide you towards a more holistic approach to life, where you’ll learn to prioritize self-care and integrate your personal and professional goals seamlessly.

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Presented by Tiffany Tucker, Deputy Director of Athletics, UNCW
Seminar Room 106

Get a master class in leveling up during this interactive session on building personal confidence. This workshop is shattering the glass wall that’s keeping you from stepping into the most confident version of yourself. Attendees will hear from a woman who continues to defeat the odds and breakthrough barriers while taking over in a male dominated industry.

Desired Outcomes:

  1. Increased self-awareness: Attendees will develop a better understanding of their strengths, values, and goals, and gain insight into how these factors can shape their confidence and sense of self.
  2. Improved self-talk: Attendees will learn practical strategies for managing negative self-talk and developing a more positive and empowering inner dialogue.
  3. Greater sense of community: Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other women, share their experiences, and build a supportive network of peers who can help them continue to grow and thrive beyond the workshop.

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Presented by JC Lyle, Executive Director, Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM)
Seminar Room 105

Nearly 75% of people fear public speaking. Stand out from the crowd by developing your own public speaking skills. Effective presentations can help advance your career and fulfill your life’s purpose.

This entertaining and interactive session will help you overcome barriers, define your message, and take the practical steps toward making change in the spotlight.

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Seminar Room 108
Mentors include:

  • Patricia Bennett, Entrepreneur/Former President of Bennett Brothers Yachts, Inc.
  • Wanda Coley, VP of Strategy and Execution, UnitedHealth Group
  • Donna Esteves, NA Regional Supply Chain Manager, Corning Inc.
  • Pam Hardy, District Manager, Duke Energy
  • Alexis Hunter, Community Liaison, Wilmington Health
  • Brandy Keck, SVP – Head of Veterinary Lending, Live Oak Bank
  • Erin McNally, Marketing, Air Service Development, and PR Manager, Wilmington International Airport
  • Lauri Plante, Vice President, Client Services, CCI Consulting
  • Ruth Ravitz Smith, RR Smith Strategic Solutions (R2S3) and New Lantern Partners
  • Sheri Shaw, Assistant Dean, UNCW CHHS // Owner, sherinicole.co // Co-founder, Three Ladies in Wilmington
  • Sandy Spiers, Market President, First National Bank
  • Linda Stinson, Coach/Owner/Partner, RLS Focused Solutions

Secure your seat at the table and surround yourself with success during this speed mentoring workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to make meaningful connections and gain valuable insight through guided, small-group discussions on specific leadership topics from an impressive list of mentors from WILMA’s Leadership Initiative.

This session will be structured as speed mentoring, with mentors placed at each table and session attendees rotating tables every few minutes. Each table will focus on pre-determined leadership topics, so conversations are focused and geared towards a specific discussion.

Visit W2WLeadership.com to learn more about WILMA’s Leadership Accelerator.

The Accelerator is part of WILMA’s overall Women to Watch Leadership Initiative and is attended by Wilmington’s top female executives, entrepreneurs, up-and-coming leaders and others intent on advancing their careers.