Chapter President's Corner: Marianne Schroer
What drives WISE Greater Raleigh?
Our chapter is driven by our amazing members — they are our "why." We strive to create a community women want to be a part of, that they get something out of and give back to.
What impact has WISE Greater Raleigh had on the local community?
We have had so many success stories of women earning promotions after being coached by their WISE Within mentor, finding new jobs after making new connections at our events, putting new skills in place after learning from our panels, or just being more ready to take on the day after being empowered by our badass network!
What's next for WISE Greater Raleigh?
Our focus is on engaging our members. With all the changes in the business of sports (and society overall) recently, we want to ensure we're giving our members what they need to be at their best. Most importantly, we want to create a community in which they can feel empowered and be their authentic selves.
List three adjectives that best describes WISE Greater Raleigh.
Connected. Fun. Inspiring.
Year Founded: 2017
Current Chapter President: Marianne Schroer
Founding 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 events are our December holiday parties. While virtual, we celebrated with a cookie decorating class that was a hit! Who knew we had such talented decorators in our chapter.
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: 12
Event Price Range: Many events are free to members; prices vary for nonmembers
Average Event Attendance: 30+
Do you offer WISE Within? Yes
Do you offer Speed Mentoring Roundtables? Yes
Do you have an annual event exclusive to you chapter? Our annual holiday party is the highlight of our calendar and where we recognize our Woman of Inspiration and Volunteer of the Year.
Corporate Partners/Sponsors: Wasserman, Teamworks, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina, Summit Hospitality Group and NCFC Youth