Paying it Forward

Women’s Economic Development Network


Learn and Lead 2019: The Inside Track

February 27th & 28th

Embassy Suites, Concord, NC


Agenda                Best Idea

Confirmed Speakers

The Inside Track of Women, Power, and Money:

Laura Webb, President, Webb Investment Services

The Inside Track with Your State Association Panel:

Liz Dobbins-Smith, Managing Director, NCEDA; Andi Rawl, Association Executive, SCEDA; Connie Long, President & CEO, VEDA

The Inside Track of Storytelling:

Jenny Maxwell, Co-Director, Buckley School of Public Speaking

The Inside Track Trends in State Workforce Programs:

Sara Dunnigan, Director of Labor Market Information and Strategic Partnerships, Virginia Community College System;  Elisabeth Kovacs, Deputy Director Workforce Development, S.C. Department of Commerce

The Inside Track of Site Selection:

Beth Land,  Vice President-Industrial and Economic Development Division, Site Selection Group

The Inside Track with Millennials in Your Organization Panel:

Lindsey Culley, Business Development & Marketing, Mashburn ConstructionAshley Anderson, Lawyer, Sanford Holshouser LawErin Burcham, Director of Talent Solutions, Roanoke Regional Partnership

The Inside Track with the Economic Development Administration Panel:

Hillary Sherman, NC Economic Development Representative, U.S. Economic Development Administration; other panelists to be added


Best Idea Ever Booklet:

When you register, you will be asked to give us your best idea ever. We’ll compile all of the best ideas ever into a booklet to be handed out at the meeting. Sometimes you need to reinvent the wheel, but many times you just need to steal your colleagues’ ideas!  Best idea ever registration submissions must be completed by January 31, 2019.


We ask that every participant to bring a gently used suit, dress, or career clothing item to donate to the career closet.

Last year 15 Suits, 16 Dresses, 7 Shirts, 5 Skirts, 17 Jackets, 1 Pants, and 2 Shoes were donated to the Dress for Success Career Closet in Winston Salem, NC.

Book Exchange:

Because we love to read and love to share what we read, we’re bringing back the book exchange. Bring a book, take a book. We look forward to a book swap during one of the conference breaks.


$195 early bird registration through January 2, 2019.

$235 January 3rd and later

Includes program starting at 4:00 pm on Feb. 27, with reception and dinner. Feb. 28 all day program until 3:00 pm, with breakfast and lunch provided.



Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Concord Golf Resort & Spa

5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW, Concord, NC  28027

If you’ve been on the fence about attending, read some participant comments from last year:

“Love getting to network with awesome group of women in ED!”

“I was very impressed as a first time attendee.”

“Loved the book exchange. Loved the Dress for Success donation program. I had a great time.”

“I really loved the Work-Life Balance Panel. It made me feel better knowing that I wasn’t alone in trying to deal with my home life and work life and the guilt of just trying to do both well. Loved the Spark Sessions – Quick – Informative – To the Point!!”

100% of participants every year have said they want to attend the conference again!

WEDN 2018 Video Summary

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