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The 2017 Women to Watch Awards Finalists

Announcing this year's WILMA Women to Watch Award finalists

You – and the thirty-five women featured here – will have to wait until October 13 for the big reveal when WILMA names the winners of the 2017 Women to Watch Awards at our event party.

But, you can read right now about the amazing accomplishments of this year’s finalists, what they’re working on now, and where they’re headed to next. The hundreds of nominations that poured in from the community for the sixth annual awards showcased a diverse and talented range of women living in the Cape Fear region. The judges had their work cut out for them.

Following the links below, you can read about the finalists for the seven categories: arts, business, education, health care nonprofit/volunteer, public service, and rising star. The rising star category is the only one with an age description and is open to those under the age of thirty.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

For even more info about the women, turn to WILMA’s Facebook page and website.

To nominate or apply for the 2018 awards visit  www.W2WAward.com 

The Categories

To see the finalists for the ARTS category, click here.

To see the finalists for the BUSINESS category, click here.

To see the finalists for the EDUCATION category, click here.

To see the finalists for the HEALTH CARE category, click here.

To see the finalists for the NONPROFIT/VOLUNTEER category, click here.

To see the finalists for the PUBLIC SERVICE category, click here.

To see the finalists for the RISING STAR category, click here.

The Judging Process

Each year, WILMA opens up the nominations process for the Women to Watch Awards during the summer.

Our judging panel – made up of women leaders who sit on the Women to Watch Leadership Initiative’s advisory board as well as outside guests – pick the finalists and winners in each of the seven categories.

WILMA would like to thank the judges for volunteering their time and expertise on the awards.

The Judges

Stefanie Adams, Talent Development Specialist (Alcami) / 2016-17 WILMA Leadership Institute Graduate

Wanda Coley, COO, (Well Care Home Health)

Dana Cook, Owner (Julia’s Florist)

Paula Corbett, CEO (Eastcoast Research)

Donna Esteves, Americas Regional Supply Chain Manager (Corning Incorporated)

Amy Grant, Owner (Art in Bloom Gallery) / 2016 Women to Watch Award Winner in Arts

Lauren Henderson, CFO (CastleBranch Corp.)

Kristy Hubard, Vice President of Strategic Services (NHRMC)

Lisa Mesler, Mortgage Market Manager (PNC Bank)

Tammy Proctor, Tourism Director (Pender County)

Deloris Rhodes, Education Consultant

Leigh Robbins, Regional Director of Operations (DermOne Dermatology, Cosmetic Center & Scarless Vein Care)




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