WEDN 2017

Creative EDC sponsored the second Women’s Leadership Forum in February 2017. We invited economic developers to come together to LEARN and return to the office prepared to LEAD. The program included how improv for economic developers, demographic changes impacting our field, how to make a bold career move, and leadership development. The conference gathered over 120 women from the field of economic development. We had a wonderful time networking. To read the summary of the 2017 forum click here.  Download the agenda here


Improv for Economic Developers
Zach Ward, Owner and Artistic Director of DSI Comedy, Founder and Executive Producer of the NC Comedy Arts Festival.

Three Keys to Making a Bold Career Move
Sherry Essig, Executive and Life Coach, Flow Dynamix LLC. 

 Leadership Development for Getting Things Done
Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership.

Innovative Marketing or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Social Media: Colleen Walton, Marketing Strategist, Brand Acceleration

Demographic Change in the Carolinas: 5 Trends to Watch:  Dr. Rebecca Tippett, Director of Carolina Demography, Carolina Population Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

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

Creative EDC sponsors the Women’s Economic Development Network and Leadership Forum because we believe in starting things that matter. It is one of the several nonprofit ventures we have started to Pay It Forward.


When the Writing is on the Wall:
Peggy McLean, Director, Kershaw County Economic Development: Ashley Cagle, Director of Talent & Product Development, Wake County Economic Development; Penny Whiteheart-Panel Moderator, Senior Consultant, CreativeEDC

Recommended Reading and Listening


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