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

Upcoming WIPL Events

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2018

A Creative Nonfiction Reading by Tessa Fontaine ••

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

Words to Say it Visiting Writers Series with the Department of English

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.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2018

Leading Women in Local Government ••

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

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

TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2018

Inspiring Women's Luncheon and Merry Market ••

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

Please join us for a special holiday Inspiring Women's Luncheon featuring a Merry Market and keynote by Brooke Burris. Brooke grew up in Charleston, SC, graduating as salutatorian from Wando High School. She graduated cum laude and "Most Athletic" from Furman University with a BA 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.

Brooke was Miss South Carolina 2013 and Miss Congeniality at both Miss SC 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, Brooke 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 SC year, Brooke created the Leader SHEEP concept and has actually 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. Brooke was "happily ever after" married last year to Michael Brooke Burris. They reside in Chapel Hill , North Carolina where he is in the MBA program.

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

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 ยป
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
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.