Meet the 2020 WINnovation Panelists

WALTER’s annual WINnovation summit for female leaders—gone virtual this year—features women from across industries.
by Ayn-Monique Klahre

Each year, WALTER works to gather women in leadership roles to speak about their personal journeys in business and share the knowledge they’ve gained along the way. Their stories are part of WALTER’s day-long WINnovation summit, which includes professional development workshops and networking, as well. This year, WALTER will be hosting WINnovation on an entirely virtual platform, but the elements are all still there, and we’re proud to introduce a speaker panel that showcases leadership across disciplines. Meet the 2020 WINnovation panelists.

 A veteran of entrepreneurship programming, Cone leads Innovate Carolina, a pan-university commitment to being a place where innovators thrive. This former Kauffman Foundation executive also cofounded Launch Chapel Hill, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network and Carolina Research Ventures.

Gragg began her law career as a mediation professional, then practiced real estate law before starting her own firm focused on helping individuals and families maintain and grow wealth. In 2019, she accepted her current position, helping black families maintain their forest land. Gragg serves on the board of Triangle Land Conservancy and Dispute Settlement Center. She and her sister founded the Gragg Family Fund and Black Women Drone.

After working in manufacturing and software for over a decade, Nystedt left the corporate world to start Raleigh Brewing Company in 2012, becoming the first female owner of a North Carolina craft brewery. The Triangle-focused brand operates a brewery and distributes throughout North Carolina. Nystedt also helms Atlantic Brew Supply and ABS commercial, two e-commerce platforms that serve amateur and professional brewers.

A performer and teaching artist, Tucker’s unique genre weaves jazz, roots folk, acoustic pop and R&B. In addition to solo work, Tucker has performed with Cirque du Soleil, collaborated with jazz greats and started a female-led performer collective, Women’s Work. She serves on boards for Blair Publishing and the Washington Women in Jazz Festival.