2019 Women to Watch Awards Celebration

Former awards winner Delinda Harrelson

Join us on October 11 to celebrate the 2019 Women to Watch Awards Finalists!

Now in its eighth year, WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards spotlights regional women who are the movers-and-shakers, the disruptors, the inspirations for successes to come. This year more than 200 nominations and applications were received, 13 judges read through all the details, 35 finalists were selected, and, ultimately,  seven winners will be named at this celebratory event.

Join WILMA on October 11 at the Wilmington Convention Center to celebrate the accomplishments of our finalists and winners.
5:30-6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Hour with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
7:30-10 p.m. – Food Stations Open

Music by Lunar Tide

Tickets include food, wine and beer, an awards ceremony, and a special reveal of the overall category winners. There will also be music and dancing to round out the night!

Cocktail attire preferred

Click here to make a reservation for the 2019 Women to Watch Awards Celebration!

Introducing the 2019 Women to Watch Finalists: 

(Finalists listed alphabetically)


  • Qwen Baker – President, CDMSmith Federal Services
  • Catherine Hawksworth – Owner, Modern Legend
  • Ruth Ravitz Smith – President, RR Smith Strategic Solutions (R2S3)
  • Alyson Smist – Assistant General Manager, Wilmington Sharks
  • Lorin Van Zandt – Co-Founder/President, MISSIO Hair

Rising Star:

  • Kobe Campbell – Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, The Healing Circle LLC
  • Estefania Gutierrez – Paralegal, David Creech Law Firm PLLC
  • Lee Rochelle – Supervisor, Guardian ad Litem Program
  • Michaela & Annabelle Sanchez – Mucisians, Entangled Dreams
  • Leah Sherrill – Founder, Special Pedals

Health Care:

  • Buffy Andrews – Owner & Wellness Guru, Made Well Center for Wholeness
  • Candice Curtin – Chief Executive Officer, Pressure Dx
  • Lauren Gainor – Medical Director, Inpatient Pediatrics & Newborn Services, Coastal Children’s Services
  • Candy Lee – Dementia Care Nurse Specialist, Lower Cape Fear Hospice
  • Rebecca Mullaney – Owner/Licensed Professional Counselor, Stable Ground Counseling (Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program)


  • Lauren Brown – Owner/Cosmetic Tattoo Artist, Lasting Looks By Lauren Brooke LLC
  • Donna Gargett – Executive Director/Founder, Blank Canvas Awareness Art
  • Kim Henry – Executive Director, Theatre for All
  • Jamie La Londe-Pinkston – Program Coordinator, DREAMS of Wilmington
  • Gale Smith – Artist, Gale Smith Art


  • Janelle Babington – Founder/Executive Director, American Red Lion Disaster & Abuse Fund
  • Evelyn Bryant – Chief Executive Officer, Northside Bridge Builders
  • Angie Hill – Chief Executive Officer, Brigade Boys & Girls Club
  • Emily Klinefelter – Founder/Foster Mom , Foster Pantry
  • MaLisa Umstead – Founder/Executive Director, A Safe Place

Public Service:

  • Stephanie Boucher – Lieutenant, Wilmington Police Department
  • Mebane Boyd – Director, New Hanover County Resiliency Task Force
  • Jessica Loeper – Chief Communications Officer, New Hanover County
  • Elizabeth Peterson – Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, North Carolina Cooperative Extension
  • Lauren White – Lieutenant, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office


  • Jessica Gaffney – Theater Department Chair, CFCC
  • Kellie Griggs – Assistant Professor, UNCW School of Nursing
  • Darlena Moore – President, The Gilbert Scholarship Inc.
  • Crystal Sutherland – Founder/President, Journey to Heal Ministries
  • Kendall Tidey – Facilitator, Wilmington Transgender Community

Photos from last year’s award ceremony can be found by following the links below.
Women to Watch Awards 1
Women to Watch Awards 2

WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards is part of the WILMA Leadership Initiative. If you would like to be a sponsor of the initiative, please contact Melissa Pressley, VP of sales, at (910) 343-8600 x 203 or mpressley@wilmingtonbiz.com

Questions about this event? Contact WILMA’s event team at events@wilmingtonbiz.com

Categories: Women to Watch