For the past three years, Walter has celebrated women in entrepreneurship through an annual fall event called WINnovation. There, a panel of honorees share 5-minute TED-talk-style “WIN” talks about their individual entrepreneurial paths. We have welcomed movers, shakers, and innovators from a diverse array of industries, all representative of the robust entrepreneurial culture in Raleigh. The event has become one of camaraderie. Our panelists have been candid, smart, and wise, by turns both inspirational and heartfelt. Our audiences – thinkers, doers, and leaders themselves – say they have felt heartened, connected, energized. They have plugged in and spoken up. And there was a resounding theme: “My daughter needs to hear this, too.”
We hope you’ll bring your daughter to WINi May 6, no matter her age. Inspired by WINnovation, this afternoon will be less about entrepreneurship – although it’s an inherent part of leadership thinking – and more about empowerment. Five women will share their journeys and lessons, meant to encourage across generations. Presented by Bank of America with support from Diamonds Direct, this is women inspiring women.
The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Enjoy an elegant lunch at The Umstead Hotel & Spa, including wine and mocktails, while five panelists share 5-minute talks about their individual journeys. During dessert, we will break out into an interactive social session about social media literacy.
Christmas Abbott, professional athlete
Lara O’Brien Muñoz, principal dancer and owner of local ballet schools
Molly Paul, college student and youth environmentalist
Kaitlin Ryan, jewelry designer
Charlotta “Lotta” Sjoelin, nonprofit founder
sponsored by Ravenscroft
Our hour-long social session, led by The Social Institute, will explore the dos of social media, not just the don’ts. During an interactive program, mothers and daughters alike will consider ways to think carefully about technology habits: how to have devices enhance and not take over your lifestyle; how to use your personal social platforms for good; and the importance of taking privacy seriously. “With every social media post,” founder Laura Tierney says, “you have a chance to change your world.”
Tierney is a Durham resident and digital native, or someone proficient in technology from having been brought up with it. She got her first cell phone at age 13 and went on to become a social media strategist for big-name brands. In 2016, she founded The Social Institute to revolutionize social media education. She and her team are on a mission to empower and equip teens to take on the modern digital landscape, rather than scare and restrict them.