Jen Adler Chosen for WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Institute

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Jen Adler, the associate director of the CARE Violence Prevention & Response Program at UNCW, has been selected to participate in intensive leadership training through the WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative.

Adler is one of eight women who will serve in WILMA’s first leadership institute, designed to develop more women leaders in the community and aid them in achieving the next step in their careers. More than 250 women were nominated to participate in the institute.  Over the next 10 months, the women will receive leadership skills training, meet with executives in the community and serve as a peer advisory board for each other. The institute is free to participants thanks to sponsor support.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this new WILMA initiative,” said Adler. “I’m looking forward to working with some amazing local female leaders and gaining skills that will help my ongoing leadership development.”

Adler has worked in the field of relationship abuse and sexual violence for more than 15 years. She has a master’s degree in community counseling and specializes in the psychological impact of interpersonal trauma on people’s lives. She oversees UNCW’s violence prevention program, including the men’s One-in-Four peer education program and the CARE Peers program, and coordinates all crisis response and case management for victims and their loved ones following an assault, abuse, stalking or harassment incident.

Through Adler’s leadership, the CARE Violence Prevention & Response Program has a diverse and talented team of professionals who are nationally recognized for their work in helping victims of interpersonal violence, said Rebecca Caldwell, director of CARE.

“I founded CARE in 2005 with a vision for a center that excelled in advocacy and prevention. However, it is Jen Adler’s leadership that has finally brought that vision to fruition and exceeded my hopes,” she said. “Jen’s attitude and support allows us all to be a positive, healthy team working against an entrenched and formidable enemy and her leadership is why we are making a difference.”

Other members of the inaugural Women to Watch Leadership Institute are:

Emilyanne Atkinson, Senior Database Administrator for CastleBranch Corp.

Chandler Davis, Managing Director of City Stage Co.

Angie Gray, Owner of A2Z Regulatory Publishing

Marisa Young Henry, Fitness Supervisor for PPD

Karmen Smith, Victim’s Advocate for Hope Harbor Home

Robbin Williams, Master Black Belt Continuous Improvement at GE Hitachi

Bethany Windle, Planner with the City of Wilmington