President's Message

2015- 2017 Results

My term as Co-President is coming to an end, and I am proud to share the impact the Connected Women of North Carolina (CWNC) has made on the local community in the last three years.  These beautiful women selflessly gave up their time and effort to support women in need of career support.  No one received financial compensation and everyone stayed committed to helping others through career coaching, career training workshops, networking luncheons, mentoring and scholarships.

We are honored to report, from 2015-2017, the CWNC:

        Mentored over 50 women, pairing with local professionals around the Triangle, growing the program 186% year over year.

        Delivered 10 Career Workshops- (Over 38 hours of Training!) executed by professional career experts from the Triangle, with over 261 registered attendees.

        Facilitated 14 Networking Luncheons (Large & Small) with over 400 registered attendees

        Raised our Social Media Presence by 1,453 followers– a 173% increase! Thank you Marketing Team!

        Gifted $53,250 in Training, Scholarships and Stipends in partnership with ECPI, Wake Tech, Kenan Flagler, Carolina Career College, Tweens & Technology and Cisco!  This includes:

        $30k in CCNA Online Training

        $2K in ECPI Stipends and Gas Cards

        $7K to Wake Tech Community College

        $7K to Carolina Career College

        $4K worth of Discount Coupons for Kenan Flagler Executive Development Program

        $750 for three inspiring girls in STEM fields for Tweens & Technology

        $2500 - Gifted over 20 CWNC Memberships for women in need of Career Support


This work would not be possible without the generous donations of time, effort and gifts provided by the following sponsors and contributors:


Learning@Cisco (Technical Services Director, Makarand Chitale)

Cisco Capital (Cisco Capital President, Kris Snow and Cisco Capital Chief Credit & Risk Officer, Mike Infante)

Cisco Services (Technical Services Manager, Barbara Reed)

Pink Magnolia Boutique (Owner, Samantha James)

UNC Kenan Flagler Executive Education Program

Duke Fuqua School of Business

Morrisville Chamber of Commerce

Rob Martin (Sr. Engineer, Cisco)

Angela Savitri (Founder Chronic Stress Coach) 

Jennifer MacKethan (Integrated Risk Manager, Cisco Capital)

Jeneen Jefferson (Career Services Advisor, Carolina Career College)

Vickie Bevenour (RDW Group)

Dina Maloney (EPIC Coaching & Consulting)

Deborah Oronzio (Self-Empower Coaching)

Kelly Walsh (1SmartLife)

Kathleen O’Grady  (Raleigh Coaching Academy)

Katie Schwartz (Business Speech Improvement)

Beth Huebner (Career Coach)

Mike Bazinet (Grifols, Associate Director)

Meara Kirsch (Griffols, Talent Manager)

North Carolina Project Management Institute (PMI)

Modupe Congleton (Head of Global Logistics Marketing & Communications)

Sonja Neiger (Talent Program Manager I Executive Coach I Leadership Trainer/Speaker I HR Professional)

Elizabeth Trinkaus (Pinnacle View)

Morris Wallack (VP Global Sales Operations, 3D Systems Corporation)

Catherine Finch Tuttle (Forward Thinking Resumes)

August Cohen (Executive Resume Writer, Get Hired Stay Hired)

Kimberlee Spores (Talent Acquisition Lead, GSK)

Kip Kelly, (Director of Marketing, AICPA)

Anita Stockmans (Director of Business Development at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University)

Raleigh ISSA

Lakshmi Challa (Owner, Challa Law)


It has been my honor to work alongside of each of our Board members, committee members, sponsors, contributors and volunteers.  I give special thanks to our Co-President Zahira Floyd, who has been the creative genius behind our brand and image.  Zahira will be leading the efforts in 2018 and we'll announce our new Co-President shortly.   Our next event is in January, and we hope you enjoy the holidays while we prepare for our next year of workshops, luncheons, mentoring, and scholarships.


Dawn R Barnett


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