W2W Leadership Initiative's November Updates
Updates on WILMA's Women to Watch Leadership Initiative
Photo by Kelly Starbuck
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:
WOMEN TO WATCH AWARDS: With 500 of our closest friends, we celebrated the 2018 WILMA’s Women to Watch Awards last month (above). The annual awards program recognizes women in the community who are making an impact, and this year’s lineup of finalists and winners did not disappoint. There were inspiring speeches from awards presenters, introductions of college scholarship recipients, and plenty of well-deserved standing ovations.
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: Because of interruptions caused by Hurricane Florence, we have extended the deadline for the 2019 WILMA Leadership Institute applications to November 7. Apply or nominate a woman in your organization for this nine-month leadership training program. It gives up-and-coming leaders a unique opportunity to learn from top leaders in the region, visit a range of local companies, and serve as each other’s personal board of directors. Next year’s class of about 25 members will be selected from the application and interview process. More info and application at WILMALeadership.com.
GET ON BOARD: Our Get on Board program seeks to help more women in the region join boards of directors. Women who complete the training session are eligible to list their backgrounds and areas of interest on our website WILMAsGetOnBoard.com so area organizations can expand their applicant pool.
WILMA NETWORK: The WILMA Network, made up of women from the companies that support the Women to Watch initiative, serves as a resource for the women involved and represents a variety of area businesses, large and small. Members participate in small-group networking events called 2nd Tuesdays.
IN THE LOOP: Keep up to date with these and other Leadership Initiative programs as well as application announcements by going to WILMASToWatch.com or signing up for the WILMA Weekly newsletter on our website.
-Vicky Janowski, WILMA editor, and Maggi Apel, events director, Co-directors of the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative