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WILMA’s Leadership Accelerator: Time to Restart

Thank you for attending WILMA’s 2021 Leadership Accelerator.

Stay tuned for announcements on our 2022 conference!

The Accelerator is part of WILMA’s overall Women to Watch Leadership Initiative.

See below for the full-day conference schedule.


TBD, 2022



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8:00-9:00 a.m. // Streaming on virtual events platform

Kick-start the day with a healthy breakfast recipe, streaming on  Brella from 8:00-8:30, followed by a rejuvenating morning pilates workout streaming from 8:30-9.

Don’t forget to grab your breakfast ingredients! Click here for the full recipe.

Breakfast Demo Presenter:

  • Beth Mitchell, RDN, CDE, Diabetes Educator, Endocrinology, Wilmington Health

Pilates Instructor:

  • Garnett Willard,  Certified Personal Trainer,  NHRMC

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9:00-9:15 a.m. // Streaming in virtual events platform

Welcome to WILMA’s 2021 Leadership Accelerator with Maggi Apel and Vicky Janowski, co-directors of WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative.

Breakout Sessions:

Breakout sessions will take place on the platform through multiple breakout rooms in order to facilitate small-group discussions. Join any room to tune in to the conversation. These breakout sessions are meant to be interactive and attendees will have the opportunity to take part in the discussions.

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Session 1: Jumping Back In

9:15-10:00 a.m. // multiple breakout room discussions

Re-engage your goals and motivate your teams

Session Speakers:

Jessie Jeffries, Corporate Operations Processing Manager, MegaCorp Logistics

Lisa Leath, President, Leath HR Group and Co-founder, WorkTok

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Session 2: Looking Inward

10:00-10:45 a.m. // multiple breakout room discussions

Focus on your state of mind and navigate the pressures of work and family

Session Speakers:

Kobe Campbell, Lead Therapist & CEO, The Healing Circle

Laura Brogdon-Primavera, Director of Programs and Initiatives, Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

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Session 3: Powering Up

11:00-11:45 a.m. // multiple breakout room discussions

Hear from top local leaders and improve your skills

Session Speakers:

Laurie Whalin, President & COO, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Coastal Market

Julie Wilsey, Airport Director, Wilmington International Airport

Breakout Session Speakers:

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Laura Brogdon-Primavera

Director of Programs and Initiatives,

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce


Kobe Campbell

Lead Therapist & CEO,

The Healing Circle

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Jessie Jeffries

Corporate Operations Processing Manager

MegaCorp Logistics

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Lisa Leath

President, Leath HR Group

Co-founder, WorkTok

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Julie Wilsey

Airport Director,

Wilmington International Airport

Keynote Panel Discussion:

12:00-1:00 p.m. // Streaming live on virtual events platform

Leading through change and looking forward; lessons learned during the past year and how women can focus on their leadership goals ahead.

Keynote Speakers:

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Jhansi Kandasamy

Vice President of Engineering

GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy



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Wanda Coley

Vice President of Strategy




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Debbie Warwick

EVP – Head of Operations,

Live Oak Bank

Community Groups Networking Happy Hour

2:00-3:00 p.m., multiple breakout room discussions

Jump back into the breakout rooms for an hour with local community groups in our area. Participants can expect an introduction to other women who are leaders and connectors in our community, an overview of their organizations and small networking groups facilitated by the connectors.

New to town? Not sure how to meet other women? Not sure what is available for getting involved in our community? Want to meet the movers and shakers, the women who make things happen? Take part in the Community Group Networking Happy Hour.

1-on-1 Meetings:

Throughout the day

Connect with other women in the area through virtual one-on-one meetings.

Community Groups Exhibit Hall

Throughout the day

Check out virtual booths from local community groups and find out how to get plugged in.

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Presenting Sponsors

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Corporate Sponsors

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Supporter Sponsors

Cape Fear Community College | Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity | Cavik Insurance | Dr. Jennifer Pan | Excite Credit Union | Fleet Feet Sports Wilmington | Frank Institute | Hope Abounds Cancer Network | Leggett, PLLC | Matthews Motors | MegaCorp | Murchison Taylor & Gibson | Nothing Bundt Cakes | Pathfinder Wealth Consulting | Patriot Roofing Company | Premier Staffing Solutions | Quality Chemical Laboratories | RSM | Russell Family Law and Litigation | Salt Air Inc. | Teaching Horse | UNCW CIE | The Village at River Landing | Waylett Wealth Management | Wells Fargo | White & Johnson Pediatric Dentistry | Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) | Vein Clinics of America |