2018 NC Women’s Summit

The North Carolina Women’s Summit: Women Moving Mountains happens November 10, 2018 at The Collider in Downtown Asheville. This is the first time in four years we’ve gone west and we’re very excited about the journey.

Join women leaders from across North Carolina to discuss policies as they relate to women in the state. This annual event, coordinated by Women AdvaNCe, aims to pool together the perspectives of all women in the Tar Heel State, so we can collectively shape the politics and policies of our state.

This year’s Summit includes keynote speaker Mandy Carter, lightning rounds on eight different topics affecting women, break out sessions, and a curated Women AdvaNCe Ideas and Products Market for women-led businesses and organizations.

8:30-9:00            Breakfast and Connecting
9:00-9:10            Opening Remarks and welcome                      
9:10-9:30            PREPARING FOR THE CLIMB
                           Mandy Carter, Keynote Speaker

9:30-9:45         Icebreaker – Who are the women moving mountains?
9:45 – 11:00     Lightning Round Talks – Choose three topics for a 15 minute                                    overview of each topic.


  • Equal Rights Amendment: How Do We Get NC on Board?
  • Midterm Postmortem – How Do We Move Forward with Female Leadership?
  • #MeToo Movement – best practices
  • Hot topics women’s healthcare
  • Women as entrepreneurs –  barriers and successes
  • Economic issues – Status of Women in NC report
  • Race, Equity and Inclusion  – Intersectionality
  • Environmental issues – How are women affected by environmental problems?

11:00-11:15 Journaling and reflection

11:15-11:45 Sharing of what we learned and finding the places of intersection

11:45-1:15 Lunch Provided by Colorful Palate and Awards Ceremony


Moderated group discussions from this morning’s topics.

2:45-3:15 MAKING IT TO THE SUMMIT – What’s next for the women of NC?

3:15-4:00       What is my personal commitment for the next month and year?

Ice cream party as people share their action items.

4:00 Closing remarks, Performance from Local Group

Members of the Asheville Community Committee: (L to R), Leah Wong Ashburn, Callie Warner, Juanita Wilson, Sarah Benoit, Polly Schattel and Stephanie Carson


A limited number of reduced price rooms are available at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville. Please reserve your room early by clicking on this link.

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Stephanie@womenadvancenc.org

WA Summit Sponsor Information

Also – don’t miss our Friday night event. 

Women are ADVANCING CHANGE this year. Come hear performances by women across the state in this curated show at the Block Off Biltmore. Proceeds from the door benefit Women AdvaNCe. Tickets are $15/$10 for students.
If you’re interested in performing, email akerr@womenadvancenc.org



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