The Whirl: WINi 2022

On March 13, WALTER hosted its fifth annual WINi summit at Market Hall. It was a lovely afternoon of inspiring speeches and  thought-provoking conversations.

This year’s speakers were Dawn Blagrove, Cary Heise, Daisy Magnus-Aryitey, and Emily Neville. Each offered their perspective on finding fulfilling, purpose-driven careers. Blagrove is the executive director of Emancipate NC, an organization dedicated to dismantling structural racism and mass incarceration. Heise is the executive director and founder of Designed for Joy, a retail platform that empowers women with dignified work experiences. Magnus-Aryitey is co-executive director of Code the Dream, an organization that teaches computer programming. Neville is the founder and CEO of Reborn Clothing Co., dedicated to reducing corporate and consumer textile waste. Innovate Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill led a workshop to kick off the event.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Bank of America, supporting sponsor Saint Mary’s School and workshop sponsors St. David’s School and Wegmans, as well as Samet Corporation, Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs at North Carolina State University, Innovate Carolina, and The Office of Strategy & Innovation at the City of Raleigh for making this event possible. 

left to right: WALTER editor Ayn-Monique Klahre, Daisy Magnus-Aryitey, Emily Neville, Cart Heise, and Dawn Blagrove.
Guests at WINi 2022
Rida Bayraktar and Melissa Carrier of Innovate Carolina
Guests Claudine Parise and Carol Andreu
The WALTER staff; from left to right: Julie Nickens, Kait Gorman, Addie Ladner, Cristina Hurley, Ayn-Monique Klahre, Laura Wall

This article originally appeared in the May 2022 issue of WALTER magazine.