WILMA’s Leadership Institute: Meet Emily Kraft

Snapshot of this year's Leadership Institute members

WILMA’s 2023 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 EMILY KRAFT.

Emily Kraft

KraftTitle: Director of Community Outreach & Support Services

Company: The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

How long have you been with your current employer? Since October 2011

Alma Mater: Penn State University

Prior career experience: Girls Hope of Pittsburgh, UCP/CLASS

Current job responsibilities: I lead three initiatives and teams at the Food Bank: our Benefits Outreach program, our Healthy Opportunities Pilot program, and our Workforce Development Program. With the opening of the Food Bank’s new facility in Wilmington, my programming will expand to include a Community Marketplace, eliminating a food desert created when Everybody’s IGA burned down in 2018.

Hobbies: I will happily participate in any activity that is on or near water: swimming, paddleboarding, boating, or a leisurely day at the beach. Bowling is my favorite indoor activity, and last year, I began bowling competitively in a sanctioned league in Wilmington. I also love to garden. My favorite foods to grow are citrus tree in our greenhouse and tomatoes and peppers in our garden – I love experimenting with spice!

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