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Women in Philanthropy and Leadership

Who we are

Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University (WIPL) was created to transform the lives of students at Coastal Carolina University and to make a difference in the greater community by leveraging the impact of women and their donations of time, talent and resources.

WIPL was formed in 2007 under the leadership of Coastal Carolina University First Lady Terri DeCenzo with faculty and staff and some of the area's leading philanthropists and business professionals, all of whom were committed to supporting the University through collective giving and annual donations.

WIPL brings together women of diverse talents and experiences who share the ambition of building a better CCU and a better community. More than an organization, WIPL is a movement – a gathering of like-minded individuals who join their collective talents and resources to make a positive impact on the University and its extraordinary scholars. WIPL is motivating and inspiring women as leaders, donors and advocates while simultaneously transforming women's giving for greater impact.

What we do

WIPL members make a tremendous impact by providing to deserving Coastal Carolina University students and supporting leadership programs and opportunities for women across disciplines. Since its inception, WIPL has awarded 281 scholarships to Coastal Carolina students, 42 of whom have received WIPL scholarships totaling $50,250 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

To fulfill our mission and commitment to leadership, WIPL sponsors special events for members, luncheons with inspiring speakers, and provides program support for leadership opportunities both on campus and in the community. Since 2011, the Women's Leadership Conference has featured hundreds of world-class speakers and the Celebration of Inspiring Women has recognized 44 women whose lives have made a significant impact in South Carolina and the nation. The 10th Annual Conference and Celebration will held Feb. 10-11, 2020, at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.

To learn how you may become involved with WIPL, please contact us by email or call 843-349-5033.

View spotlight videos of WIPL scholarship recipients and WIPL members »


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    2019 WIPL Inspiring Women

    (l-r) Britnie Turner, Carrie Brown and Suncera Johnson are the newest WIPL Inspiring Women, recognized for their visionary leadership and positive impact in South Carolina and beyond.

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    2019 WIPL Conference

    Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D., clinical health psychologist and author, at the ninth annual Women's Leadership Conference.

  • WIPL 2019 Conference Eva Saha and Alyse Nelson image

    2019 WIPL Conference

    Alyse Nelson, co-founder, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, with moderator Eva Saha (left)

  • 2019 WIPL Conference Britnie Turner image

    2019 WIPL Conference

    Britnie Turner, founder and CEO of Aerial Development, a company whose mission is to elevate people and places.

  • 2019 WIPL Conference Donna Orender image

    2019 WIPL Conference

    Donna Orender, highly respected sports business leader and author of the new book "Wowsdom! the Girl's Guide to the Positive and the Possible."

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