About Us

The Forum of Executive Women is a peer-to-peer membership organization for women leaders in and around Delaware. Founded in 1992 by an organizing committee of Wilmington area women executives, the Forum continues to provide women of great talent and multi-faceted professional and personal experience, the opportunity to connect with women of similar strength and success.  Through supportive relationships and relevant programming, members build upon shared wisdom and experiences to advance their own leadership.

The Forum’s signature programming runs from September through June of each year, and includes a variety of formal gatherings focused on educational, inspirational and informative life topics.  Programs are held in fun, social settings in the greater Wilmington, Delaware area and are set around breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and parties.  Throughout the year and summer months, members and friends enjoy less formal, but organized gatherings such as “A Few Friends” and “Coffee and Conversations.”  Read on to learn more about Forum members and activities.

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Mission:  The Forum of Executive Women Delaware provides diverse and experienced women in our community the opportunity to build professional and personal relationships and to increase their leadership skills through relevant programming and supportive and social settings.

In 2014, the Forum revamped its mission with the goal of meeting the expressed needs of members and local professional women alike.   Board and committee members strive to plan and organize programs and member engagement opportunities that best exemplify our mission.

Board & Committees

The Forum is fortunate to have an incredible pool of talented and dedicated women from which to form its board and committees each year.  Board leadership assumes the responsibility of establishing program themes and schedules, developing membership communications and engagement efforts, and managing financial decisions, all of which are in alignment with our core mission.  Board members also contribute their creativity and insight to strategic decisions that help the Forum remain a relevant and valuable resource for local women executives, as their needs and interests evolve.

Our board-chaired committees are essential to our mission and regularly include – Membership, Programs, Website and Communications. Other special committees are formed as and when needed.  It is never too early or too late to express your interest in participating in a committee!

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Joan Hoge-North

Vice President
Dr. Carrie White Gray

Christine Demsey

Kathy Dugan


Bonnie Adler

Sarah Baker Andrus

Carol Arnott-Robbins

Joanne Conaty

Kay Ford

Jeanne Griffith Leslie

Jenifer Smith

Donna Weidel


2017-2018 Committees

Membership Committee

Jennifer Smith, Chair
Jeanne Griffith Leslie
Michele Whetzel

Program Committee
Joanne Conaty, Chair
Jeanne Griffith Leslie
Betty Sweeny

Communications Committee
Stephanie Cory, Chair

Website Committee
Donna Weidel, Chair

Emeritus Committee
Kay Ford, Chair

Nominations Committee
Open Position – Contact coordinator.fewde@gmail.com if you’re interested!

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Letters from the President


Autumn 2016


Welcome to the website for the Forum for Executive Women- Delaware.  I’m so glad you decided to check us out!  For more than two decades the FEW-DE has been providing professional women of the region with a place to network, socialize, and grow as women leaders.  I am honored to serve as President this year and invite you to join us at one of our upcoming meetings to learn more about us.

The Forum meets formally about twice a month September through June and informally throughout the summer.  Our formal meetings vary between purely social gatherings and formal presentations by outstanding speakers on topics ranging from local interest to professional development to women’s issues.  The common threads through all of our meetings are great food, great beverages, and most importantly—great company!

This year our programs are being developed around the theme of “Making a Difference.”  Study after study shows that one of the most important factors in work satisfaction is knowing that your contributions mean something—that your work is making a difference.  No matter what point you are in your career, there are opportunities to contribute to the greater good of your community and to the mission of your organization.  This year’s programs will feature speakers and topics to help you learn about ways to make a difference and build your impact-making skills.

As part of each FEW-DE program year we have a “book club.” Drawing from our theme of making a difference, we will be reading and discussing the New York Times Best Seller “Great Work: How to Make a Difference People Love” by David Sturt.  We read the book through the fall and hold the discussion over lunch in January.

I encourage you to explore our website, read about our upcoming programs and “meet” some of our members through their profiles.  But, the best way to get to know the Forum, is to join us for a meeting.  Guests are invited to join us for up to three meetings a year before needing to consider membership.  Registration for meetings is easily done on line.

Thanks again for your interest and I hope to meet you face-to-face soon!


Joan Hoge-North

President, Forum for Executive Women

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