About Us

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.

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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!

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Teresa Avery

Vice President
Sarah Baker Andrus

Bonnie Adler

Judy Scarborough


  • Michele Anstine
  • Joanne Conaty
  • Dr. Carrie Gray
  • Donna Kinzel
  • Nikki Lavoie
  • Kim Lovett
  • Michele Whetzel
2020-2021 Committees

Membership Committee
Kim Lovett, Chair
Nikki Lavoie

Program Committee
Michele Anstine, Chair
Joanne Conaty
Dr. Carrie Gray

Marketing & Communications Committee

Teresa Avery

Emeritus Committee

Nancy Blumberg

Nominations Committee
Dr. Carrie Gray, Chair

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Letters from the President

Dear FEW Friends,

The cool, crisp days of fall are upon us and we just celebrated the kickoff to our FEW year with an outdoor gathering full of food, friends and…well, masks! (Check out the photo below my signature.) For the rest of the fall, we intend to capture the last of the warm-ish weather and do a few more in-person (masked and distanced) events for those who are excited to meet in person. Then we’ll switch to a mix of virtual events as the weather closes in. It’s going to be an unusual year, but a great one as we all need chances to connect and share even more than before!

Our theme this year? Trailblazers…and we think it’s the perfect theme for a strong group of female leaders in these times!

This year’s book? The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, by Melinda Gates; book group leader Bonnie Adler

Our wonderful program committee, run by the always awesome Michele Anstine, is putting together a fabulous fall calendar. Save the Date now for a networking event at Maker’s Alley on September 30, and a lunch gathering in Jeanne Griffith Leslie’s backyard on October 15 when we’ll have a thought-provoking conversation circle.  On October 27 we’ll meet via Zoom with Neylan McBaine, author of Pioneering the Vote to learn of early suffrage-movement trailblazers and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment expanding the right to vote to women nationwide. More information on those and other upcoming events will arrive shortly!

Thanks everyone and I look forward to seeing you all as we Fall for FEW!

Teresa J Avery

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