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NC Women’s Nonprofit Creates First-of-its-Kind Statewide Leadership Model

Raleigh, NC – Women AdvaNCe – a nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to connecting, informing, and engaging the women of the state – is embarking on a unique leadership model as the organization enters into its sixth year.

“This organization is built on the engagement and empowerment of women. It is with that understanding that we have built a more collaborative leadership model,” said board member Kim Pevia.

With the departure of our executive director Naomi Randolph who served as a thought leader for the organization for two years, Women AdvaNCe has made the decision to structurally change the organization. Women AdvaNCe will now be led by a leadership team comprised of Kim Pevia of Robeson County, Antoinette Kerr of Huntersville, Stephanie Carson of Asheville and founder Laura Edwards of Chapel Hill.

“The team model relies on expertise of more than one person. This is what is needed in this critical time, as we fulfill our mission and sustain the organization,” said Edwards. “As Women AdvaNCe prepared for its sixth year of service we examined our mission, vision and values and sought out a team that can help advance the organization,” she continued.

The diverse team represents several demographic categories including race, gender identity, economic and geography. Beyond that, the leadership team model will establish a collaborative work model and accountability.

“We realized that collectively, our diverse backgrounds and skill sets could better serve the organization and its mission.  We recognize this is a new approach to nonprofit management, and look forward to establishing this model as one for other organizations to consider,” said Antoinette Kerr.

Shilpa Phadke, V.P. Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress, a Washington D.C. progressive public policy research and advocacy organization,  reviewed the new model and gave it positive feedback.

“Women are under attack in so many different ways right now. That is why it’s important to see groups like Women AdvaNCe demonstrate an understanding for the leadership needed to effectively harness women’s activism at this important crossroads,” said Shilpa Phadke, Center for American Progress.

“The collaborative model will enable the organization to engage in strategic partnerships with women that will create additional leadership opportunities across the state. That includes participation in AdvaNCe Team Meetings and our Writers’ Collective,” said editorial director Stephanie Carson.


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