WILMA’s Leadership Institute: Meet Kate Baillon

Snapshot of this year's Leadership Institute members

WILMA’s 2022 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 KATE BAILLON.


Kate Baillon

Baillon KateTitle: Manager Collections and Exhibitions

Company: New Hanover County – Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

How long have you been with your current employer? 3 years 7 months

Alma Mater: University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK & UNC Charlotte

Prior career experience:

  • Director of Exhibits – Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte NC 
  • Gallery Manager – Joie Lassiter Contemporary Art, Charlotte, NC 
  • Cargo Management Coordinator – Americana Ships (Lykes & TMM Lines), East Grinstead, UK 
  • Logistics Coordinator – San Alfonso, Valencia, Spain

Current job responsibilities: Manage Collections and Exhibitions departments. Develop & execute budget for Collections and Exhibitions department. Improve business processes to streamline activities, communications, and achieve economies of scale, increase shared ownership and foster intra and inter departmental collaboration. Build organizational capacity while supporting and mentoring staff. Support and engage with long range planning and strategic visioning for the Museum. Develop a cohesive exhibition and collection plan – includes securing traveling exhibitions and developing in-house exhibitions

Hobbies: Gardening, Reading, Hiking, Sailing


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