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WIPL creates and supports opportunities for women to collaborate and network, learn from community leaders and empower the next generation of women leaders.

Upcoming Events


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2018

Leading Women in Local Government ••

Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116), 5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Reception to follow sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Women in Philanthropy and Leadership. RSVP »

Women lead the three major cities in Horry County. Brenda Bethune, mayor of Myrtle Beach, Barbara Blain-Bellamy, mayor of Conway, and Marilyn Hatley, mayor of North Myrtle Beach, will discuss discuss women in governmental roles and their personal pathways to leadership and public service. 

A Myrtle Beach native, Bethune is CEO and majority owner of Better Brands, Inc. She has served on the Board of CCU’s Spadoni College of Education and on the Board of Visitors at the Wall School of Business. Blain-Bellamy, a native of Conway, served on Conway City Council from 1993-1998 and 2012-2016 and served as mayor pro tem in 1996 and 2015 before becoming sworn in as mayor of Conway on Jan. 4, 2016. Mayor of North Myrtle Beach since 2001, Marilyn Hatley is owner, president and manager of Visible Designs, Inc., hair salon and is a founder and director of Coastal Carolina National Bank.


THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2018

Thanks for Giving Reception ••

LeForce Suite at HTC Center
WIPL members will receive an invitation in the mail

‌‌FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2018

Carl Sagan Day Lecture with Janna Levin ••

Wheelwright Auditorium
Free and open to the public

In celebration of science and space exploration, CCU marks the birthday of the late American astronomer, cosmologist, author and public intellectual Carl Sagan with the second annual Carl Sagan Day lecture by guest scholar Janna Levin. Levin earned her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from MIT in 1993 and is a leading expert on black holes, gravitational waves and the cosmology of extra dimensions. She is the Tow Professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University and director of sciences at Pioneer Works. Her novel, A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, won the PEN Bingham Fellowship Prize for Writers. Presented by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies and College of Science.

MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2018

A Creative Nonfiction Reading by Tessa Fontaine ••

Johnson Auditorium (Wall 116), 5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Tessa Fontaine gives a reading of her work followed by a book signing. Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and an Amazon Editors Choice writer. She spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders; her essays based on that experience won a 2016 AWP Intro Journals Award in Nonfiction and have appeared in The Rumpus, Hayden's Ferry Review and Autre. Fontaine has taught for the New York Times Student Journeys program as well as in prisons for five years, and she founded a Writers in the Schools program in Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented by the Words to Say it Visiting Writers Series with the CCU Department of English.

TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2018

WIPL Inspiring Women's Luncheon and Merry Market ••

Dunes Golf and Beach Club, 11:30 a.m.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members

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Please join us for a special holiday Inspiring Women's Luncheon featuring a Merry Market and keynote by Brooke Burris.

Burris grew up in Charleston, S.C., and graduated as salutatorian from Wando High School. She graduated cum laude and "Most Athletic" from Furman University with a B.A. in political science. Now a licensed attorney, she earned her law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law, receiving honors for her dissertation on Healthcare Policy.

She was Miss South Carolina 2013, and Miss Congeniality at both Miss South Carolina and Miss America. She set the Miss America record for most funds raised for the Children's Miracle Network and was first runner-up for Miss America's Quality of Life Award for her platform: Go Higher! College Application Day. As the founding student of this statewide initiative, Burris helped implement College Application Day events which are now in over 250 high schools in South Carolina, assisting and empowering seniors in completing college applications. During her Miss South Carolina year, she created the Leader SHEEP concept and presented it to students at Coastal University.

She now works on human trafficking prevention as the director of policy for the Lynch Foundation for Children. She serves on the South Carolina Attorney General's Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force and is the founding chair of the Charleston area Tri-County Human Trafficking Task Force. She was "happily ever after" married last year to Michael Brooke Burris; they reside in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he is in the MBA program.

MONDAY, FEB. 4 and TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2019

WIPL's Ninth Annual Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women ••

Myrtle Beach Convention Center
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WIPL 2018-2019 Board of Directors Meetings

Information regarding upcoming WIPL Board Meetings will be posted here as details are finalized.

Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018  Agenda »
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018  Agenda »
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018  Agenda »
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

WIPL Committee Meetings

WIPL members are invited to join and participate in our committees to provide input for the Board on programs, scholarships, membership and events.

The Conference and Celebration Planning Committee meets the second Friday each month at The Jackson Companies.