Women to Watch Year in Review
Our 2020 review on WILMA's Women to Watch Leadership Initiative
WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative has updates to share as we continue to work on the mission of helping develop more women leaders in our area. Here’s what we’ve been up to in 2020:
Leadership Institute: This year’s cohort of women selected for the nine-month WILMA’s Leadership Institute program started 2020 with an orientation day at tekMountain in January and a monthly session at nCino in February. As gathering restrictions in response to COVID-19 began in March, we moved the rest of the year’s training to Zoom and folded in additional topics about leading through these difficult times. The class held a small, outdoor graduation this fall with peer advisory boards making plans to continue to serve as each other’s sounding boards. Applications for next year’s program, slated to start in April, are now open through January 15.
Leadership Accelerator: Our annual half-day women’s conference moved online in June with live and taped discussions with local leaders on a range of topics. We covered mentoring, navigating small business issues, and intentional leadership styles. We also talked with UNCW Women’s Basketball Coach Karen Barefoot on leading off the court and had a panel discussion about conversations on race. Watch (or rewatch) them here.
Get On Board: The Get on Board program, held in partnership with UNCW’s QENO, prepares women for joining boards of directors. Our most recent training session, held via Zoom, took place in October. Women who go through the training are eligible to connect with local organizations through our website WILMAsGetOnBoard.com.
Mentoring: We matched up thirty women with mentors at the beginning of the year for the yearlong mentoring program in which participants work one-on-one with each other once a month on leadership goals.
WILMA Awards: Thirty-five finalists were recognized in our ninth annual Women to Watch Awards in October. Those finalists were able to gather for an outdoor event to announce the seven category winners.
In The Loop: Keep up to date with these and other Leadership Initiative programs as well as applications announcement by going to WILMAmag.com/women-to-watch or signing up for the WILMA newsletter on our website.
– Vicky Janowski, WILMA editor, and Maggi Apel, events director, Co-directors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative W2W@WILMAmag.com