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Chapter Spotlight: WISE Greater Raleigh

Chapter President’s Corner: Mary Spencer

What drives WISE Greater Raleigh?

Our goal is to become a part of our community and to inspire and empower women to join our organization in making a positive impact on each other’s lives and the community in which we live and work.

What inspired you to launch and lead the chapter?

I was inspired by the chance to give back. I’m in a place in my career where serving a great organization like WISE is exactly what I want to be doing. I have years of experience, and in that time, many women and men have guided me and provided great resources to help me grow my career. Leading WISE Greater Raleigh has given me an ability to work with a great group of women that I knew would inspire me just as much as I could serve them. I also thought it was a special opportunity to launch a chapter and set the course for what WISE could be in our market. I’m committed to creating an impactful chapter so when the time comes to pass the leadership role on to someone else, we will have created an amazing foundation. Having the chance to create a legacy outside of my day-to-day work and my family life has been really exciting.

What is the next step for WISE Greater Raleigh?

Coming out of our first year, I want to continue to grow an engaged, connected membership base. We did a great job of building initial membership, and now we are focused on getting members more involved. We want our members participating, being on committees and actively sharing how we can best serve them to create a vibrant chapter. WISE Greater Raleigh is striving to provide an environment in which our members are looking forward to seeing each other every month and giving back to their fellow members.

We want to continue creating great offerings for members through events, our mentorship program and other opportunities. Growing WISE Within in Year 2 is a key priority. Finally, given the high concentration of strong academic institutions in the area, we want to tap into this and grow our base of student members. We see this as a unique opportunity to work with the area’s emerging talent and provide them the mentorship and benefits of WISE as they are just entering their careers.

List three adjectives that best describe WISE Greater Raleigh.

Connected. Fun. Inspiring.

Chapter Overview

Year Founded

2017

Founding and Current Chapter President

Mary Spencer and Deb Stroman (co-presidents)

Founding Board Members

Kerry Ruggieri, Thayer Lavielle, Faryn Roy, Patricia Hopkins, Gabby Pinto, Justine Dutton, Kait Jones, Tori Collins, LaTosha Smith and Shelia Huggins

Most Popular Event

Our most highly attended event was the December holiday party, but overall, our meet-ups for casual networking and engagement are most popular.

Most Interesting/Highly Attended Speaker/Topic

One-Year Anniversary Celebration, featuring Elizabeth Lindsey, managing partner at Wasserman. Topic: Learning from Your Mistakes

Approximate Number of Events Per Year

10

Event Price Range

Most events are free to members; $15–$25 for nonmembers.

Average Event Attendance

30+

Do you offer WISE Within?

Since we just launched in June 2017, we have not yet launched the full WISE Within program but plan to do so later this year.

Do you offer Speed Mentoring Roundtables?

Yes

Do you have an annual event exclusive to your chapter?

Yes, our plan is to celebrate our anniversary in June of each year.

Corporate Partners/Sponsors

Wasserman, USA Baseball, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, Teamworks, Coastal Federal Credit Union and North Carolina Amateur Sports

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