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

Meet the 2020 Women to Watch Awards finalists:


  • Maureen Lewis – Founder, A Brilliant Cause LLC / Founder, Carolina Beach Mural Project
  • Jenean LaCorte – Para Medical Tattoo Artist, Restorative Tattoos
  • Fidias Reyes – Director of Arts Engagement, UNCW’s Office of the Arts
  • Jessie Robertson – Artist, Frogs and Friends and Student, UNCW
  • Heather Wilson – Deputy Director, Cameron Art Museum


  • Alison Dupra Brien – Technical Program Manager, Apiture
  • Shawn Lamb – Engineering Manager, Stability, and Radiological Analysis, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
  • Lisa Leath – President, Leath HR Group / CEO, WorkTok
  • Danielle Mahon – Founder, Topsail Steamer
  • Kelly Stuart – Broker/Realtor, CarolinasCommercial Real Estate Team with Intracoastal Realty Corporation


  • Jaime Chadwick – Baking and Pastry Arts Program Director, CFCC
  • Tiffany Erichsen – Coordinator of the Center for Workforce Development, UNCW College of Health and Human Services
  • Sabrina Hill-Black – Principal, D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy
  • Jennifer McBride – Assistant Vice President of Instructional Operations, CFCC
  • Kirah Van Sickle – Artist, Kirah Fine Art


  • Grace Caldwell – Founder, The Joy Project
  • Lindy Ford – President, Lindy Ford Nutrition & Wellness
  • Kerry Lamb – Neurosciences Service Line Administrator, NHRMC
  • Tracy Saieed – Coordinator of Volunteers/Gifts Shop/ Community Outreach, Pender Memorial Hospital (NHRMC)
  • Elsie Shields – Owner, Always Good Company Home Care Inc.

Nonprofit / Volunteer

  • LaToia Brown – Volunteer and Board Chair, DREAMS Center for Arts Education, co-founder & president of Kingdom Colors Home Education Community.
  • Elizabeth Cooper – Director of El Cuerpo, Christ Community Church
  • Krystina Fuge – Philanthropist, Volunteer, Entrepreneur and Committee Lead, Pink Ribbon Project at the NHRMC Foundation
  • Lily Nicole – Director of Community Engagements, lowercase leaders
  • Rebecca Trammel – Executive Director, Champions for Compassion

Public Service

  • Sarah Arthur – Community Engagement Manager, NHRMC
  • Lisa Brown – Public Health Preparedness Coordinator, New Hanover County
  • Ami D’Ambrosio – Youth Violence Intervention Specialist, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tamie Keel – Facility Manager, Wilmington International Airport
  • Dr. Mary Rudyk – Chief of Staff, Geriatrician, NHRMC

Rising Star

  • Jessica Aguilar – Pender County Coordinator, Juntos 4-H
  • Julie Andrews – Marketing Manager, Logan Homes
  • Aunika Browne – Executive Director, U.S. International Ballet
  • Astrid Keusseyan – Laboratory Manager of Pre-Analytical and Client Services, NHRMC
  • Jorey Stanley – Museum Educator, Cape Fear Museum
Categories: Women to Watch, Women to Watch Award Winners