WINnovation 2017: Celebrating Women and Entrepreneurship

WINnovation 2017
Celebrating Women and Entrepreneurship

Five remarkable local women will headline WINnovation 2017, Walter’s third annual celebration of women and innovation, sponsored by Bank of America and The Umstead Hotel & Spa.

 An evening of inspiration, education, celebration, and fellowship will bring together innovators from the worlds of jazz, fashion, real estate, the environment, and consumer products. They will share TED-style “WIN” (women in innovation) talks on the challenges and triumphs of their individual creative journeys, and the wisdom they’ve earned along the way.

 WINnovation 2017 will take place at the Umstead Hotel Sept. 8 with a cocktail hour, three-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings, WIN talks, and panel discussions. A pre-cocktail startup session sponsored by Diamonds Direct will also provide an opportunity for interested attendees to network and learn from other local entrepreneurial leaders.

 This event sold out in 2015 and 2016. Walter hopes to see you there this year!

Each speaker will give a 5-minute TED-talk-style “WIN” talk about her own individual entrepreneurial journey.

WINnovation 2017

An evening of inspiration,
education, and community

Presented by Bank of America,
The Umstead Hotel & Spa, and Walter at The Umstead, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary

4 p.m.: Startup workshop sponsored by Diamonds Direct

5 p.m.: Cocktails

6 p.m.: Dinner and program

Tickets: $115,
available at

Registered attendees receive a special WINnovation room rate and discount on spa services.
Contact The Umstead Hotel & Spa to book!


Nnenna Freelon
Emmy-award-winning jazz singer; non-profit founder

Sarah Yarborough
Co-founder and CEO, Raleigh Denim

Donna Preiss
Founder and CEO, The Preiss Company

Alice Hinman

Tatiana Birgisson
Founder, Mati Energy 

Register to attend WINnovation 2017

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is pleased to offer all WINnovation attendees a special room rate and discount on spa services. Register for the event, then call the Umstead and book your getaway today! Inspiration. Celebration. Relaxation.