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.Learn About Membership Learn About Programs
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.
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!
2022-2023 Board of Directors
- Jeanne Griffith
- Colleen Perry Keith
- Donna Kinzel
- Lisa More
- Jamie Rivero
Jamie Rivero, Chair
Jeanne Griffith, Chair
Marketing & Communications Committee
Teresa Avery, Chair
Letters from the President
Dear Forum of Executive Women, a.k.a. Forum,
It is my pleasure to serve as the new President of this wonderful organization. Although like everyone else I have a lot going on in my professional and personal life, I’m honored to serve in this role. I feel that the Forum is a worthwhile organization and is fortunate to have many fabulous women participating in the programming and leadership of the organization. Considering today’s political and social climate, I think the Forum is of great value for all who choose to participate. We need each other. We need support, encouragement, and most of all collaboration. Along with quality programming, the Forum affords us all the opportunity to enhance our skills and our contributions to our community.
We had a board retreat in early September, and all got excited about the coming program year. We have a terrific board and I’m looking forward to working with them this year. The committees are also gearing up. If you’re interested in serving on any committee, please let us know. The committees include: Membership, Marketing, 30th Anniversary, and Programming.
Our theme this year is Reignite, Re-Engage, Reconnect. I believe this year we will do just that – engage, learn, grow, and connect – together.
We started out strong with our annual Kickoff Party on Sept. 22nd. Thank you again to Allison Levine for hosting us in your lovely home. The energy was so positive and helped get us off to a strong start. Many of our guests have already joined as members with many more planning to join in the coming weeks. Our October events included having a lot of fun playing pickleball, and a really engaging evening at Goldey Beacom College to hear a fascinating presentation on the Philosophy of Money. Our Emeritus Group have also reignited.and are planning their year.
I hope that you’ll join us for some of our upcoming winter events:
- November 16 – Meg Garey, Executive Director of A Better Chance for our Children
- December 6 – Holiday Displays at Longwood Gardens (More details to come!)
- December 13 – Holiday Tea at University and Whist Club
- January 5 – Victorian Literature & Art at the Delaware Art Museum
- January – Book Club: Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems by Wendy Smith
I’m excited for the coming year. Between the terrific members, dedicated board, and awesome administrator, I know the programs will be quality and the time we spend together will be meaningful.
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