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.Learn About Membership Learn About Programs
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
Dr. Carrie White Gray
Lisa More, Chair
Jeanne Griffith Leslie
Joanne Conaty, Chair
Jeanne Griffith Leslie
Marketing & Communications Committee
Bonnie Adler, Chair
Kay Ford, Chair
Joan Hoge-North, Chair
Letters from the President
From the President, Fall 2018
Greetings FEW Members!
The summer is over and although I’m sad to see the slower summer pace go, I’m really excited about the upcoming year for the Forum of Executive Women Delaware. As your new FEW President, I’m thrilled to share all that is to come in this new Forum year, starting with our Kickoff Party next week! Have you registered? If not, go here.
Before I dive into what’s to come, first we need to say a huge thanks to our outgoing board members – Chris Dempsey, Kathy Dugan, Jeanne Griffith-Leslie, Jenny Smith and Donna Weidel; and even though she’s not leaving the board, to Past-President Joan Hogue-North as well – you all gave so much to the Forum over the last few years and we are incredibly thankful for your leadership!
I’d also like to thank Stephanie Cory for continuing to do a great job with our aFEWfriends events this summer! If, like me, you were able to fit in even just one of these outstanding events, you know how much fun it was to get together casually and enjoy each other’s company in “the off-season.” But it’s no small feat thinking of all of these fun things to do and then coordinating all of the plans – thank you, Stephanie!
Meanwhile, the FEW Board was also busy this summer holding a new Board member orientation and a mini-planning retreat (hosted by member Judy Scarborough, thank you so much!!). The big focus for our retreat this year was membership recruitment and marketing of the FEW and you’ll see more of this over the course of the year. As always, FEW members are encouraged to participate on committees – it’s a great way to get more involved. Committee information will be available at the opening party on Wednesday, September 12th. And a complete board list can be found here.
Thanks to Lisa More for stepping up to chair the Membership Committee, which will help facilitate interested candidates through our membership process. Last year we welcomed 8 new members, but we’d like to grow that number to 15 in the 2018/2019 year so that we can continue to have a dynamic group of women attending our events and strengthening our networks. Please consider inviting executive women leaders to join our events so that we can encourage them to consider FEW membership! With that in mind, GUESTS ARE FREE for the Opening Party! So please consider inviting a friend to join you.
Thanks to Joanne Conaty and her wonderful Program Committee members, we continue to develop great themes for our programming year (this year’s theme is Women Lead!) and recruit wonderful speakers to engage us in thought-provoking discussions around these themes. To start our programming year, we’re partnering with Carol Arnott Robbins’ News4Women event on Tuesday, September 25th featuring Sarah and Sally McBride. Also, as part of the theme, this year’s Book Club book will be How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith. Our Book Club discussion will be held in January and a copy of the book will be given away at each fall event.
This year’s program schedule will also continue to include aFEWvoices events, which will be structured and guided conversations among our members and guests over a fabulous meal. The first aFEWvoices event will be held on October 18th and will be a continuation of our incredibly popular #MeToo luncheon from last spring.
Our Emeritus Group is going to continue to enjoy great gatherings coordinated by Past President Kay Ford. All FEW members are welcome to attend these pot-luck events, which are held at a member’s home.
Lastly, some sad/happy news as our Administrator Alex Walsh will be leaving her position for a new opportunity at Salesianum School where she will help manage parent fundraising. Although we’re incredibly sad to see Alex leave us, we are really excited for her to have this opportunity and we wish her all the best in this new role! We are further so appreciative that she is also staying on for a little longer to help transition our new Administrator. The board conducted a search and at the end of August we hired Jennette Fennimore, who officially started her position September 1st. Please help us welcome Jennette when you see her at the Kickoff Party!
In closing, you will find attached to this message the full schedule of FEW events for the fall. I hope you’ll mark your calendars now for these outstanding programs, especially when it all begins on Wednesday, September 12 for the FEW Kickoff Party, which I will be hosting at my home. It’s never too late to sign up – I look forward to seeing you there!
All my best,
Chair, Doctor of Business Administration
Wilmington University, College of Business
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