Press Release: CANCELED United Way of Forsyth County Announces Speaker Series in Conjunction With LEAD Girls of NC


Winston Salem, NC- Today, the United Way of Forsyth County Announced their new Speakers Series: “Women Empowering Girls” 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, United Way of Forsyth County and LEAD Girls of NC, will host sessions on the importance of leadership, determination, and effective communication in building a strong career path. Forsyth County middle school girls will have the opportunity be inspired by empowered women in the Forsyth County business community.

Iffat Maqsood, United Way of Forsyth County Volunteer and Events Manager notes, “We are very excited to be collaborating with LEAD Girls NC on this initiative. Their mission of equipping girls to make thoughtful choices about their lives so that they can become independent, capable and secure women is the cornerstone of success”.

Joy Thomas, Founder and Executive Director of LEAD Girls of NC notes “Marian Wright Edelman said, “You can’t be what you can’t see. As the Founder and Executive Director of LEAD Girls of NC Inc., I have always believed that empowered women have the position and power to inspire girls, the next generation of women leaders. If we pull our resources together we can truly make an impact in our community. I’m  thankful for our partners United Way Of Forsyth County and Novant Health for sharing this vision and supporting this day for girls. ”

List of Speakers with dates and locations:


Amber K. Brooks, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Andrea Kurtz, Senior Director, Housing Strategies at United Way of Forsyth County

Friday, March 13, 2020 from 8 am – 9 am at Mineral Springs Middle School. 

Ashleigh Hargrave, Corporate Director at Novant Health

Saturday March 14, 2020 from Noon – 1 pm at Lead Girl’s office – Community Lead. 

Kelly Sutton, Marketing Manager & Young Leaders United Chair at Hanesbrands Inc.

Debbie Wilson, Chief Impact Officer at United Way of Forsyth County


Friday, March 20, 2020 from 8 am – 9 am  at Wiley Magnet Middle School. 

Gwen Burston, Director of Human Resources & Public Relations at Housing Authority of Winston-Sale

Porsche Jones, Wellness Partner and Health Coach, Novant Health & CEO, Bonds Events Basketball & JMAC Hauling, Inc.

Nora Toncel, Health Community Engagement at Novant Health

Wednesday, March 25, 2020  from Noon – 1 pm at Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy.