Molly Nece inside the studio

Inside the GLA Studio Interviews

Do you want to shorten your learning curve and be inspired and equipped by leaders who have chosen to lean in and lead though life’s challenges and victories?

We promise to “wisk” our GLA Studio audience away with our leader’s Wisdom, Insights, Stories, and Knowledge. Host Molly Nece, UNCW's Director of Employee Leadership Learning and Engagement, will humorously and energetically engage each GLA Studio guest in a conversation with the 10 questions they chose from a list of 30 questions surrounding the three themes the Gender Leadership Academy was founded upon:

  • Gender and Leadership: Communication, Stereotypes, Socialization, and Role Models
  • Re-defining Your Role: Stepping Up to Challenges and Finding Courage
  • Building a Diverse Pipeline of Leaders

Live interviews will end with a 15-minute open discussion for our GLA Studio audience.


Live with Melissa Leathery. The Power Behind Stick-to-it-ness: Friday, December 11, 2020 at Noon

  • About Melissa Leathery, CEO, Hoffman Homes for Youth

    Melissa LeatherlyBe WISKed away by Melissa Leathery, the first woman CEO at Hoffman Homes since its beginning in 1920. Leathery joined Hoffman Homes in 1996 as a mental health worker. During her tenure, she has held an impressive progression of roles, including case manager, director of residential services, director of clinical services, and, for five years preceding her promotion to COO, vice president of clinical programs. 

    Learn more about the Hoffman Homes for Youth.



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Live with Tracy Davidson. A Voice to Be Heard

  • About Tracy Davidson, Anchor, NBC10 Philadelphia

    Tracy DavidsonBe WISK ed away by Tracy Davidson, anchor for NBC10 Philadelphia. Davidson has received 11 Emmy Awards for her work as a journalist.

    She is a motivational speaker, breast cancer survivor and has Master’s Degree in Spirituality. The National and Pennsylvania Diversity Council has recognized Davidson as one of Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.

    She has been honored for her humanitarian and women’s empowerment work by the United Way, March of Dimes, Women Organized Against Rape, Montgomery Child Advocacy In 2017, Philadelphia Magazine, and Main Line Today.  

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Judy Girard: Don’t Give Up the Fight. Get New Gloves

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Dr. Anita Foeman: Family Narratives & DNA

  • About Dr. Anita Foeman, Associate Professor and Founder of the DNA Discussion Project at West Chester University

    Anita FoemanBe WISK ed away by Dr. Anita Foeman. Dr. Foeman is the founder and primary investigator of the DNA Discussion Project and Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University of PA. Dr. Foeman is a scholar of intercultural and organizational communication. The DNA Discussion Project is integrated into courses she teaches in intercultural communication. Our family narratives are important and play a critical role in our relationship with our history and perspectives. 

    Learn more by watching her TEDxWestChester talk where she explains how our ancestry DNA is connected to our humanness.

    Registrants gain access to this pre-recorded interview via email 11:45 a.m. that morning. 

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Jen Croneberger: Compassionate Leader

  • About Jen Croneberger, Chief Inspiration Officer and Founder of the HUMAN Leadership Institute

    Jen CronebergerBe WISK ed away live with Jen Croneberger, Chief Inspiration Officer of JLynne Consulting Group and the Founder of the HUMAN Leadership Institute. Croneberger has been on the TEDx stage four different times and focuses on helping leaders learn how to compassionately lead using a proven methodology that puts the power of the HUMAN spirit at the center of every organization’s success. She was recently appointed as the Director of Culture Change for the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association which brings her back into the sports arena. Croneberger holds certifications from the Harvard Business School in Sustainable Business Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell and the Science of Well-Being from Yale. She was selected as a member of the Forbes’ Coaches Council for 2020 and publishes on regularly. 


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Mari Carl Fisher '10: Courageous Farmer

  • About Mari Carl Fisher, Executive Director and Farm Manager, Rise Up Community Farm

    Mari Fisher

    Be WISK ed away with Mari Carl Fisher '10, Executive Director and Farm Manager at Rise Up Community Farm. Fisher spent her childhood on a farm in Virginia before she graduated from UNCW with an Environmental Science degree. After returning from a nonprofit farm in Florida, she found the courage to grow after moving back to Wilmington to marry her sweetheart. The community farm now not only grows produce, it provides fresh vegetables to the food insecure in the area and supports local youth by helping them move through trauma and improve their personal and job skills. Fisher's purpose and passion in life is dedicated to planting hope in the community as she cultivates the land, educates and nourishes neighbors in need, and empowers people to live meaningful lives.


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