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W2W Leadership Initiative's June Updates

WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative has updates to share as we continue to work on the effort’s core mission of helping develop more women leaders in our area. Here’s what we’ve been up to with various W2W Leadership Initiative programs and what’s coming up next:

BUILDING A HOME, SKILLS AND FRIENDSHIPS: Cape Fear Habitat’s Women Build took place the week of May 5-12. More than 180 women volunteered during this week to help build a future home for a very deserving family. WILMA’s Network brought together a team of women who helped raise more than $50,000 for the build, and also formed a team of women that worked on the build site. Alongside the future homeowner, Waikia, we raised the home’s walls, hammered plywood to the walls and came together as strong women to support Waikia and her family’s exciting future.

Habitat homes are not giveaways. After investing at least 250 hours of “sweat equity” into Habitat building projects – including their own new homes – prospective homeowners assume a mortgage to pay off the cost of the home.

It has been a while since Wilmington undertook a Women Build project. The home was funded and constructed primarily by women and provided a female-friendly worksite that empowered women to take leadership roles and learn new skills.

LEADERSHIP ACCELERATOR: Register for this year’s Leadership Accelerator, a half-day event including a keynote lunch, leadership workshops, and networking, on July 19. Workshop topics include nonprofit board training, work-life rhythm, elements to motivate and engage teams, and building a sphere of influence. The keynote lunch will feature a panel of four local leaders: Wanda Coley, president, Well Care Home Health; Judy Girard, founder of GLOW; Brett Martin, CEO,                    CastleBranch; and David Simmons, CEO, PPD. For more info, go to www.WILMALeadership.com

WILMA AWARDS: Applications are now open for this year’s WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards. The deadline for applications (or nominations) is July 2. The awards recognize area women in seven categories: Business, Health Care, Education, Nonprofit, Arts, Public Service, and Rising Star. Any female resident of New Hanover, Brunswick, or Pender counties is eligible. The finalists in each category will be featured in the October issue of WILMA magazine, on the WILMA website, and at a special awards event where the winners will be announced. Apply or nominate someone at www.W2Waward.com.

 -Vicky Janowski, WILMA editor, and Maggi Apel, events director, Co-directors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative W2W@WILMAOnTheWeb.com

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