WILMA’s Leadership Institute: Meet Ashley Wells

Snapshot of this year's Leadership Institute members

WILMA’s 2020 Leadership Institute, an annual nine-month program, gives area women the opportunity to learn from leaders in the region, visit a range of local companies, and serve as each others’ personal board of directors.

The program is part of WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative, created to help develop more women leaders in our area.

Meet institute member ASHLEY WELLS (Other class members will be profiled in future articles.)


      Ashley Wells

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Title: Assistant dean for community engagement

Company: College of Health and Human Services at UNCW

How long have you been with your current employer? 2 years

Alma Mater: University of Georgia

Prior Career Experience:

· University of Georgia- College of Education, Adult Learning, Leadership and Organization Development Doctoral Teaching Assistant
· University of Georgia- Center for Family Research, ‘Protecting Strong African American Families’ NIH project
· University of Georgia- College of Public Health, Georgia Public Health Training Center Manager
· University of Georgia- College of Public Health, Coordinator of Master of Public Health Program and Part-time Faculty

Current job responsibilities: In my role, I serve to make meaningful connections between people and groups with similar interests. Specifically, I work to connect the mission of our college with community-driven needs and interests. I oversee community engagement initiatives in our college and focus on developing quality engagement processes that are inclusive and respectful. My goal is to generate processes with campus and community partners that allow for the co-creation of new knowledge, improving the health and wellbeing of our region, and providing a workforce that is prepared and ready to tackle our most pressing public health challenges.

Hobbies: Volunteer resume writing, attending live music performances, theater and dramatic arts events, reading on the beach, watching college football, and playing with our dog, Claude!


To learn more about WILMA’s Leadership Institute and Initiative, go to wilmamag.com/women-to-watch.

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Categories: Women to Watch