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!
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Dr. Carrie White Gray
Lisa More, Chair
Joanne Conaty, Chair
Jeanne Griffith Leslie
Marketing & Communications Committee
Rebecca Simeone-Lennon, Chair
Joan Hoge-North, Chair
Letters from the President
Greetings FEW Members!
I am always a little sad to see the end of summer, but one of the bright sides is always the start to a new program year for the Forum of Executive Women Delaware! We’re starting it all off with our annual Kickoff Party on September 10. Many thanks to Jeanne Griffith-Leslie for offering to host us in her lovely home. If you haven’t yet registered, go here. The Kickoff Party is always one of the most fun events of our season and a great way to catch up with so many members. This is also a great opportunity to bring a guest who you think might be interested in FEW membership – don’t forget, your guest is free! At that event (and an email to follow it) the Program Committee is eager to share the exciting new theme for this year’s events and what’s already on deck for the coming months.
I’d like to give a big thank you to Jeanne for coordinating this summer’s aFEWfriends events. I hope that you were able to make it to at least one of these casual get-togethers for enjoying good company while taking in some of the hot spots and highlights in Wilmington’s cultural and food scenes. Thank you, Jeanne!
In order to hit the ground running for this next program year, the FEW Board had a productive mini-retreat in July, where the main focus was on the member experience, the value proposition for FEW Delaware and how we communicate that both inside and outside of the organization. We’re excited that our newest board members, Teresa Avery and Rebecca Simeone-Lennon, are bringing their enthusiasm and expertise to the board and have already jumped in to lead the Marketing and Communications Committee this year. As always, we welcome any FEW members interested in being a part of this or any other committee – it’s a great way to be involved!
In an effort to make our program calendar consistent and convenient for members (and based on the attendance data from recent years), we are going to hold all of our events at just one location this year (exceptions will be for Happy Hours, Parties, and the Night at the Theater). We’ve made an arrangement with the University and Whist Club in Wilmington to host us, and we’re planning the calendar so that events will all be on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, rotating between lunches and dinners. We hope that this will strengthen our attendance numbers and make it easier for you to mark your schedule early for FEW events.
We look forward to sharing the complete fall schedule soon, but hope you’ll mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 24 at 5:30pm for an evening with Imogen Ragone who will share tools and techniques for bringing “Less Stress, More Ease!” into our busy lives! Many thanks to Joanne Conaty and our outstanding Program Committee for putting together an engaging, informative and wide-ranging series of events and guest speakers in the upcoming year!
Last year we welcomed 8 new members and they are already making our events even more dynamic and engaging with their participation. We’d like to grow that number even more for the 2019/20 year. Please consider inviting women leaders you know to join our events and share with them your perspective on the benefits of participation and membership. As a reminder, guests are free for our Opening Kickoff Party!
In closing, I’ll share that FEW Delaware is incredibly fortunate to have a diverse membership, a dedicated board and an enthusiastic administrator who all make our FEW experience so worthwhile. As with anything, the more time you can invest in attending the FEW programs, the more you’ll value your membership (I know that’s been the case for me!). We look forward to seeing you at our programs and events this year and hope that you’ll continue to be an engaged member of FEW Delaware!
All my best,
Chair, Doctor of Business Administration
Wilmington University, College of BusinessView Previous Years