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May Spotlight

Area women making news

photo c/o GLOW

All- Woman Team Designs Glow's New Facility 

Shovels hit the dirt to break ground on a permanent home for the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW) April 24. At the event, supporters of the all-girls charter school met the new facility’s team of architects, engineers and designers: all women.

In March, team members visited GLOW and met with several students who are interested in careers related to architecture and construction. They took a moment from their discussion of project details to pose for the camera. From left to right, team members (and their companies) are:

EMILY PATTERSON (LS3P interior designer), DANIELA AYERS (LS3P project manager), ROSEMARY LARGE (LS3P assistant construction administrator), LAURA MILLER (LS3P principal- in-charge), ASHLEY CAUDLE (LS3P interior designer), ISELA MARTINEZ (LS3P designer), CATHERINE GRAINGER (LS3P K-12 designer), JENN TEPPER (Woods Engineering structural engineer), CAMERON WALLACE (Monteith Construction Corp. preconstruction coordinator).

GLOW students are HEAVEN SYKES (6th grade), VICTORIA ROBLERO (7th grade), PAOLA ZELAYA-DERAS (7th grade), and HALLE BOWENS (7th grade). 



JOANNE CERES’ focus will be on students – how to attract them and how to enhance their educational experience – in her new position as Cape Fear Community College’s vice president of student services and enrollment management.

Describing her style as “student-centered customer service management,” Ceres says her goal is to provide “as efficient and student-centered services as we possibly can. We want to break down any barrier to enrollment, making it as easy as possible to get enrolled.”

Student support does not end when a student registers, however. Ceres aims to enhance and support Cape Fear’s academic and non-academic offerings. “These are programs and services that further students’ education and help them become well-rounded individuals,” she says.

Ceres has developed her skills and her approach in a career that spans 25 years. Previously, she worked in student services and enrollment management at Pitt Community College in North Carolina. Before that, in her native New Jersey, Ceres was an administrator at Ryder College and at Brookdale Community College. 



BECCA EDENS has been tapped by CAPE FEAR JOBS to be its new director of business development. She will forge relationships with job seekers and area companies looking for permanent employees.

The online employment resource is new in the market. It is not a temporary staffing agency, Edens says.

“We are the only full-service, career and employment resource in the area that offers job board and social media recruiting, matchmaking, interview coaching, employer training, executive recruitment and more,” Edens says. “We have created the go-to resource for the highly skilled and talented job seekers in our area to connect directly with local employers who want to hire better, faster and smarter. There is an incredible amount of opportunity here in the Cape Fear and our mission will be to point both the job seeker and the employer in the right direction.”

Edens, a 2012 graduate of University of North Carolina Wilmington, previously worked in talent operations and served as director of sales at Farmin’ Brands.



ACQUINETTA BEATTY, a career industrial engineer, is now focused on engineering paths to success for startups.

Beatty is director of Coastal Women’s Ventures, which connects minority entrepreneurs with coaching, mentoring, and business education resources.

Many of Coastal Women’s Ventures clients are women, but the organization works also with veterans and minorities. Beatty acquaints them with such sources of expertise as SCORE, UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the SBA, and the Small Business and Technology Development Center.

“We want to build relationships so we can be that voice for the entrepreneur, because it’s so lonely for the entrepreneur,” she says.

Beatty also has money to lend. Through the Carolina Small Business Development (with which Coastal Women’s Venture is affiliated), Coastal Women’s Ventures can lend $5,000 to $250,000.

Now she and CWV are part of an initiative launched recently through the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce: the African- American Business Council.

“Basically, this was an initiative started by the chamber to bring in African-American business owners because their voice was not being heard,” Beatty says.

A major goal of the council is to ensure that African-American businesses get a fair share of available resources.


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