The annual Women to Watch Awards spotlights regional women who are the movers-and-shakers, the disruptors, the inspirations for successes to come. The awards program launched in 2012.

Applications are open June 1 through July 1 each year and the winners are announced at an awards party in October.

Historically, WILMA receives more than 200 nominations and applications each year in seven categories: Arts, Education, Health Care, Business, Public Service, Nonprofit/Volunteer, and Rising Star (The Rising Star category is for women under the age of 30).

The Judging Process: An outside panel of judges made up of WILMA’s Advisory Board and other local leaders, read through the applications and nominations and them pick the finalist and winners in each category.

Eligibility: Any female resident of New Hanover, Brunswick or Pender county is eligible for Wilma’s Women to Watch. You can nominate yourself or nominate a colleague – just fill out the application below. (Note: All categories are open to women of all ages with the exception of ‘Rising Stars’, which is limited to women under 30 years of age.)

Thirty-five women are selected as finalist each year. Finalists are featured in the October issue of WILMA and recognized at an evening celebration event during the same month. The seven category winners are also announced at the event.  To learn more and to reserve a seat visit

Categories: Women to Watch, Women to Watch Award Winners