Paying it Forward

Women’s Economic Development Network


WEDN 2018 February 21 & 22, 2018




Keynote Speaker


Melody Warnick-Freelance Writer & Author of This Is Where You Belong

Melody Warnick WEDN 2018 Rise Of The City Superfan from Crystal Morphis, CEcD





We were excited to provide each attendee with Melody’s book, This Is Where You Belong, as our gift at the 2018 conference.  The book sponsor is Sanford Holshouser, LLP.

2018 Speakers


James Chavez-President & CEO, SC Powerteam

James Chavez WEDN Amazing Women Of Influence from Crystal Morphis, CEcD




Stephanie Monson Dahl – The City of Asheville, NC

Stephanie Dahl WEDN 2018 Be Yoshimi from Crystal Morphis, CEcD



LeeAnn Nixon-Cabarrus Economic Development

Lee Ann Nixon WEDN 2018 Go Bold-Bold Women Bold Careers from Crystal Morphis, CEcD




Kristin Reese-Cleveland County EDP

Kristin Reese WEDN 2018 Let’s Talk Talent from Crystal Morphis, CEcD




Zee Worstell-CEO, AccelerateHER

Zee Worstell WEDN 2018 Women Are The Key To Fueling Economic Prosperity. from Crystal Morphis, CEcD



Work-Life Balance: Ashley Cagle, Director of Talent and Product Development, Wake County Economic Development. Erin Farris, Senior Business Developer, S&ME. Victoria Hanson, Executive Director, Amherst EDA .

Exploring Career Pathways: Amy Sullivan-Hicks, Director of Business Development, ECS. Cindy Dancy, Principal, Dancy Research. Charity Barbee, Sr. Retail Development Specialist,  ElectriCities.


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

This year 15 Suits 16 Dresses 7 Shirts 5 Skirts 17 Jackets 1 Pants 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, this year we are started a book exchange. Bring a book, take a book.

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

“I really enjoyed being a part of this event. It is a breath of fresh air to be in a room with women who are working for the same underlying goal. All who bring different pieces of the puzzle but who are intricate in it all coming together. Thank you!!”

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

“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!!”

Look for information this fall on WEDN 2019. The surveys are in – 100% say they want to do it again!

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Creative Economic Development Consulting