WILMA'S Women to Watch Awards 2018


Join WILMA in honoring the 35 finalist and 7 category winners on Oct. 12 at Hotel Ballast.

Tickets include food, wine and beer, an awards ceremony, and a special reveal of the overall category winners. There will also be music and dancing to round out the night!

Hotel Ballast
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Cocktail Hour
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Awards Ceremony
7:30 - 10:00 p.m. - Food, drinks, dancing and music by Lunar Tide and Dancing


Introducing the 2018 Women to Watch Finalists: 


Caroline Fisher – Co-Founder and Creative Director, Swahili Coast
Catherine Hawksworth – Owner, Modern Legend
Shirley Lebo - Orchestra Manager / Music Librarian / Violinist, Wilmington Symphony
Nancy McCurtin – Artist/Author, Topsey and Friends
Brooklyne Williamson-Moore – Owner/Instructor, Evolution Dance Complex
Rebecca Daneff – Associate Director for Employer Development, UNCW
Elizabeth Felts – Honors Service Learning Course Instructor and 9th Grade Bridge Program Instructor
Valerie Melvin – CFCC Math Instructor, Wilmington Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Meet Up Group Organizer
Justine Reel – Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, UNCW
Susan Sellers – Supervisor of Certified Talent Management, New Hanover County Schools
Frances Danner – Community Volunteer, Buck Creek Foundation/Girl Scouts/Paws-Ability
Charrise Hart – CEO, YWCA Lower Cape Fear
Jessica Jakaitis - Orphan Home Director, In His Hands Orphans Outreach
Bonnie Monteleone – Executive Director, Plastic Ocean Project
Katie Ridd – Missions Mobilization Coordinator, Port City Community Church
Danielle Boisse – Owner, Port City Design Group
Terry Espy – President, MoMentum Companies
Tracey Jackson – Execution Coach, u-nex-o!
Cassidy Lamb – Senior Manager, Engineering, nCino
Christy Spivey – Administrator Regional Services, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Health Care
Lisa Edgerton – Pharmacy Residency Coordinator, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Sara Rose Harcus - CEO, Dmanna
Elizabeth Harris - Director, Strategic Development, Coastal Children's Services
Megan Rose - Deputy Director/Network Pharmacist, Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear
LeShonda Wallace – Executive Director, Seeds of Healing Inc.
Public Service
Tonya Barber – Guardian/Housing Case Manager, Guardian Ad Litem/Coastal Horizons Center
Leslie Houston – Dental Assistant/Team Leader, New Hanover County Health Department Mobile Dental Unit
Lisa Brooks – Founder, Wilmington Thrive Tribes
Olivia Dawson – Coordinator/Tourism Assistant, NC Blueberry Festival/Pender County Tourism
Lyana Hunter – Assistant Public Defender, State of North Carolina
Rising Star
Nydheri Brown – Artist
Kathryn Bruner – Real Estate Broker/Realtor, Intracoastal Realty Corporation
Marissa Bryant – Outreach Coordinator – Health Equity, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Maria Speaks – Taproom Manager and Events Coordinator, Waterline Brewing Co.
Jordan Duhe Willetts – Attorney/Owner, Duhe Willetts Law

 Click on the Buy Tickets tab above to make a reservation for the 2018 Women to Watch Awards Celebration! 

If you have questions or for more information email Vicky Janowski and Maggi Apel, co-leaders of the Leadership Initiative, at [email protected] To learn more about WILMA's Leadership Initiative, click here.


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Friday Oct 12, 2018

5:30 PM to 10:00 PM


Ballast Hotel

301 N. Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28409-8171

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