WILMA'S Women to Watch Awards 2018

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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

*Please note, Finalist will sit together during the program, but 

there is no reserved seating for guests at this event.
Parking details:
The Hotel Ballast has very limited parking on site. Here are some other options:
-On street parking
-The Wilmington Convention Center Parking Deck is located on the corner of Nutt and Hanover Streets. The rates for this facility are $3 for the first hour, $2 per hour for the second and third hour, $1/hour thereafter with a $13 daily maximum.
-The New Hanover County (Library) Parking Deck is located at 201 Chestnut Street. The first hour is free with $1/hour thereafter and an $8 daily maximum.
-The City Decks are located at 114 North 2nd Street (between Chestnut and Princess Streets) and 115 Market Street (intersection of Market and 2nd Streets). The first hour is free with $1/hour thereafter and an $8 daily maximum.
 -Cape Fear Community College's Nutt Street and Hanover Parking Decks are open to paid public parking after 5 pm on Fridays through 6 am Mondays.  The rate for both decks is the first fifteen minutes free with $1/hour thereafter and an $8 daily maximum, payable by debit/credit card only.


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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