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
Sarah Baker Andrus
Jeanne Griffith Leslie
Jennifer Smith, Chair
Jeanne Griffith Leslie
Joanne Conaty, Chair
Jeanne Griffith Leslie
Stephanie Cory, Chair
Donna Weidel, Chair
Kay Ford, Chair
Open Position – Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested!
Letters from the President
From the President, Spring 2018
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 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!
Each year the Forum chooses a theme for the year to guide our program choices, book club and conversations. This year’s theme is Finding Your Voice. Through that theme we have been hearing numerous stories of amazing women in our community who have found their voice and used it to advance their families, their professions, their communities and the causes they care about most deeply.
One of the characteristics of the FEW is that Forum members love to talk to each other! This year I am excited to announce that in response to member feedback, we are introducing a new program type called FEW Voices. These events are structured and guided conversations among our members and guests over a fabulous meal (one of our other favorite things—great food!), that flow around the annual theme. FEW Voices events are a fantastic way to get to know members and guests on a whole new level.
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 online.
Thanks again for your interest and I hope to meet you face-to-face soon!
President, Forum for Executive Women
Vice President for Philanthropy, Delaware Community Foundation
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