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Our Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon celebrates Women’s Leadership across ATHENA communities. Rooted in the ATHENA Leadership Model, the luncheon event creates an opportunity to have experienced women leaders connect and mentor emerging women leaders through a forum that facilitates meaningful connections. 

For 2020, our luncheon has been updated to a virtual leadership event.

This year’s ATHENA Leadership Event theme is
Do You Live Courageously?

Join us
November 19, 2020 12-1:30pm
for an opportunity to hear from and engage with 4 dynamic and successful female entrepreneurs and professionals that have risen to lead their industry and found success personally and professionally.

MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION LINK BELOW

 

Donations to this event are encouraged. For every $10 Donation guests will be entered into a raffle drawing for special prices.

Special Guest Moderator:

Virginia Parker

SVP /Triangle Market Manager, Bank of America

Virginia is currently the Senior Vice President and Triangle Market Manager for Bank of America. Immediately prior to this position, Virginia served as the Senior Vice President of Development for the United Way of the Greater Triangle.  She has spent her entire career “connecting” people through sales, business development, fundraising and community relation roles.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Virginia contributes her time to multiple non-profit organizations.  Virginia serves on the board of the Raleigh Chamber and the Girl Scouts of NC Coastal Pines and the advisory boards of Meredith College Business School, Triangle Family Services and the Holt Brothers Foundation.  In addition, she serves on the Capital Campaign Committee for CASA and its affordable housing project Kings Ridge in Raleigh.

Throughout her tenure in the Triangle, Virginia has been recognized as a TBJ Women in Business recipient, a TBJ Finance Impact Leader, a Woman of Excellence by the Womens Club, the Vernon Malone Friend of Education recipient and a Woman of the Year by the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Our Guest Speakers:

Ingrid Wicker McCree

Athletic Director - NCCU
Dr. McCree began her career at NCCU as the head coach for women’s volleyball and softball. She became the first coach in NCCU history to win conference championships in multiple sports, capturing the school’s first-ever CIAA titles in softball and volleyball. Dr. McCree is a three-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year and former member of the NCAA Division II National Volleyball Committee. She was also inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 as head coach of the 1998 softball team. Dr. McCree, who joined the rank of only a handful of women athletics directors in the UNC system, previously served as NCCU’s associate athletics director for internal affairs. Prior to her appointment as director of athletics, she served in a variety of leadership positions in both conference- and national-level organizations, most notably as president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Executive Board from 2004–2006, becoming only the second woman to ever hold that position in the league’s history.

Emily Grey

Founder - The Flourish Market
With a past career on Wall Street as a Vice President of Communications and Change Management, Emily Grey brings her “win them over” know-how, delightful enthusiasm and every day wit to encourage women to use their influence for good. Five years ago, Emily founded her brick + mortar and online boutique, The Flourish Market, building it to a million dollar business in less than 3 years with zero paid advertising. She is also the Founder of The Locality, a co-working space + incubator program for 60 female entrepreneurs in Downtown Raleigh, NC.

Becky Holmes

Field Marketing Manager - Even
Becky Holmes is a graduate of Duke University. While in school she founded a food startup that put products in stores across the country to promote cleaner ingredients & address food insecurity. She left the company in 2019 and refocused on her personal finance goals, paying off over $50,000 in debt in 16 months. Becky currently works in marketing at Even, a Fintech company, while building her own personal finance brand to share her journey of building wealth and breaking generational cycles.

Emily Cutts

Co-Founder - Parlor Blow Dry Bar
Account Executive – Pendo.io
Emily Cutts is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her knack for fashion landed her opportunities to work for Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch in the Big Apple, before heading back to North Carolina. She is the Co-Founder of Parlor Blow Dry, which she built and sold in January of 2020. While working full-time as an Account Executive at Pendo, she is also a health coach and paints commissions on the side. She and her husband, Michael are the parents of two beautiful children. “Self-overextender” or superhero, sometimes she is unsure…. but she likes to stay busy and puts her all into everything she does.

See highlights from previous events

Our Annual Women’s Leadership Luncheon celebrates Women’s Leadership across ATHENA communities. Rooted in the ATHENA Leadership Model, the luncheon event creates an opportunity to have experienced women leaders connect and mentor emerging women leaders through a forum that facilitates meaningful connections. 

For 2020, our luncheon has been updated to a virtual leadership event.

This year’s ATHENA Leadership Event theme is
Do You Live Courageously?

Join us
November 19, 2020 12-1:30pm
for an opportunity to hear from and engage with 4 dynamic and successful female entrepreneurs and professionals that have risen to lead their industry and found success personally and professionally.

MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION LINK BELOW

 

Donations to this event are encouraged. For every $10 Donation guests will be entered into a raffle drawing for special prices.

Special Guest Moderator:

Virginia Parker

SVP /Triangle Market Manager, Bank of America

Virginia is currently the Senior Vice President and Triangle Market Manager for Bank of America. Immediately prior to this position, Virginia served as the Senior Vice President of Development for the United Way of the Greater Triangle.  She has spent her entire career “connecting” people through sales, business development, fundraising and community relation roles.

In addition to her professional responsibilities, Virginia contributes her time to multiple non-profit organizations.  Virginia serves on the board of the Raleigh Chamber and the Girl Scouts of NC Coastal Pines and the advisory boards of Meredith College Business School, Triangle Family Services and the Holt Brothers Foundation.  In addition, she serves on the Capital Campaign Committee for CASA and its affordable housing project Kings Ridge in Raleigh.

Throughout her tenure in the Triangle, Virginia has been recognized as a TBJ Women in Business recipient, a TBJ Finance Impact Leader, a Woman of Excellence by the Womens Club, the Vernon Malone Friend of Education recipient and a Woman of the Year by the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

Our Guest Speakers:

Ingrid Wicker McCree

Athletic Director - NCCU
Dr. McCree began her career at NCCU as the head coach for women’s volleyball and softball. She became the first coach in NCCU history to win conference championships in multiple sports, capturing the school’s first-ever CIAA titles in softball and volleyball. Dr. McCree is a three-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year and former member of the NCAA Division II National Volleyball Committee. She was also inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 as head coach of the 1998 softball team. Dr. McCree, who joined the rank of only a handful of women athletics directors in the UNC system, previously served as NCCU’s associate athletics director for internal affairs. Prior to her appointment as director of athletics, she served in a variety of leadership positions in both conference- and national-level organizations, most notably as president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Executive Board from 2004–2006, becoming only the second woman to ever hold that position in the league’s history.

Emily Grey

Founder - The Flourish Market
With a past career on Wall Street as a Vice President of Communications and Change Management, Emily Grey brings her “win them over” know-how, delightful enthusiasm and every day wit to encourage women to use their influence for good. Five years ago, Emily founded her brick + mortar and online boutique, The Flourish Market, building it to a million dollar business in less than 3 years with zero paid advertising. She is also the Founder of The Locality, a co-working space + incubator program for 60 female entrepreneurs in Downtown Raleigh, NC.

Becky Holmes

Field Marketing Manager - Even
Becky Holmes is a graduate of Duke University. While in school she founded a food startup that put products in stores across the country to promote cleaner ingredients & address food insecurity. She left the company in 2019 and refocused on her personal finance goals, paying off over $50,000 in debt in 16 months. Becky currently works in marketing at Even, a Fintech company, while building her own personal finance brand to share her journey of building wealth and breaking generational cycles.

Emily Cutts

Co-Founder - Parlor Blow Dry Bar
Account Executive – Pendo.io
Emily Cutts is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her knack for fashion landed her opportunities to work for Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch in the Big Apple, before heading back to North Carolina. She is the Co-Founder of Parlor Blow Dry, which she built and sold in January of 2020. While working full-time as an Account Executive at Pendo, she is also a health coach and paints commissions on the side. She and her husband, Michael are the parents of two beautiful children. “Self-overextender” or superhero, sometimes she is unsure…. but she likes to stay busy and puts her all into everything she does.

See highlights from previous events