Join WALTER for our fourth annual WINi conference, where female leaders in our community share their stories to inspire the next generation.

This year WINi will be virtual!

We are excited to have this event live-streamed from Glas Design Studio
so more young women can participate and hear the
inspiring messages from our panel.

Celebrating female innovation, diversity and the entrepreneurial spirit, this online event will be a chance for young women to hear about the tenacity and self-discovery that go into building a career.

CLICK HERE to see highlights from WINi 2020.

CLICK HERE for more information about our panelists.

The WALTER team is thrilled to have this event virtually and thus be able
to extend the powerful messages and career tools to more guests.

The event will begin with a workshop conducted by Melissa Carrier, Director of Social Innovation at UNC-Chapel Hill and Rida Bayraktar, student at UNC-Chapel Hill and Founder of Pink STREAM.

Finding Your Zone of Genius
Do you ever find yourself doing something you loved so much that time had no meaning. You spend hours on it and still want to do more. This might be studying for a subject you are passionate about, a hobby you enjoy, or even spending time with your pets. In this workshop, you will think through different areas of your life and unlock your highest potential. Come find your zone of genius with Melissa Carrier, Director of Social Innovation and Professor of Practice, and Rida Bayraktar, founder of Pink STREAM and undergraduate student from the University of North Carolina as they facilitate an activity around the four different zones of work and how to forge your own path in this time of uncertainty. Grab your paper and pencil, and let’s unlock your genius!

Following the workshop we will hear from our five panelists as they share their career journeys and words of wisdom they’ve learned along the way.

Student and adult tickets are available for purchase. Click the ticket button below for more information and pricing.

We also offer multiple tiered sponsorship levels. To find more information on those benefits please click the sponsorship button below.

We hope to see you at WINi 2021!

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.

May 6
12 noon

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. 

Presented by Bank of America, with support from Diamonds Direct.

Tickets are $75


The women

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


social session
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.

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Learn more about our partnership with Bank of America, and our WINning Triangle community, by clicking here.