WILMINGTON – Over 150 professionals, entrepreneurs and senior executives in the Wilmington area are set to gather this week for the inaugural Care Fear Women’s Summit.

Hosted by Wilmington-based meetup group Cape Fear Women In Tech, the summit will be held at nCino on January 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is a chance for the tech community to network, make new contacts and meet local meetup groups and professional organizations in the area.

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Technical Production Manager Trista Banfield, who leads Cape Fear Women In Tech, says the goal of the summit is to “foster more interaction amongst the various women’s groups in our region and gain more visibility for all of our organizations so that the women of the Cape Fear region are aware of the resources and organizations available.”

The event comes just over a month after Cape Fear Women In Tech’s first-ever Wilmington Tech-Con brought in a strong turnout in December.

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Banfield said the idea for the Women’s Summit started with a discussion she had with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy VP of Engineering Services Jhansi Kandasamy, who spoke at a past Cape Fear Women In Tech meetup.

“We ended up having lunch together and discussing all of the great things women in [the nuclear industry] were doing,” Banfield says. “We found there was a lot of crossover interest.”

Kandasamy then introduced Banfield to GE Hitachi Senior Services Project Manager Denise Teets, who is also the current chair of the Women In Nuclear group in Wilmington. Together, Banfield and Teets reached out to several local professional women’s organizations on their radar in the community.

The Cape Fear Women’s Summit will have representation from women’s groups within major companies in the Cape Fear region, Banfield says. More casual meetup groups will also be present, including Women In Nuclear, Corning Women’s Group and PPD Women’s Group.

Cape Fear Women In Tech hopes to make the summit an annual program moving forward, along with collaborative efforts throughout the year.

“We are hoping this will be a catalyst for future collaboration and interaction among the various [local] groups,” Banfield added. “There is strength in numbers and all of our organizations are after supporting and empowering women to excel, whatever their passion is.”

Cape Fear Women In Tech says that men and women in any career level or profession are welcome to attend. Tickets are available for free here.