Press Release by Maria Mauriello
RALEIGH, N.C.—April 8, 2015—Amelia Davey, owner and CEO of When In White, a wedding planning company in Raleigh and Charlotte, has been chosen as the 2015 BPW/Raleigh Young Careerist, a competition sponsored by the Business and Professional Women of Raleigh.
“I'm very excited about being chosen as Raleigh's BPW Young Careerist. I feel this recognition will introduce me to some exciting new mentors, connections, and opportunities,” Davey said. “At the age of 23, BPW provides me with a new light on the empowerment of being a female entrepreneur. I look forward to seeing what great things the future has to hold.”
Davey was one of four candidates in this year’s competition. The other young women who participated in the 2015 Young Careerist program were: Lindsey Harrison, founder of SocialCents Media; Maria Isabel Rego, a volunteer at OHEALL; and Miranda Volborth, lead copywriter in NC State’s IES department.
Each candidate presented a speech that answered a topic prompt. Davey’s presentation focused on women’s challenge to find balance between their professional and personal lives and “have it all.” Candidates also participated in roundtable discussions and were each interviewed by a panel of judges including Monica Barnes, community affairs director at WTVD; Pattie Hartin, production manager at WTVD; and Jeff Shaw, director of communications at the N.C. Justice Center.
“This event allows young women the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of women and forge strong bonds within the community,” said Cyn Macgregor, BPW/Raleigh president. “It gives our club a significant ‘pay it forward’ moment.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Amelia Davey 2015 winner of the Young Careerist for BPW/Raleigh accepting her award.
Davey’s business specializes in Day-Of and Full-Service wedding planning. She also serves as Vice President of Women in Networking. As the 2015 Young Careerist, Davey will receive a one‐year membership to BPW/Raleigh, which will offer her occasions for personal and professional development, as well as opportunities to learn about issues of concern to working women. She will also be invited to compete at the state level Young Careerist competition in May.
BPW/Raleigh president with 2015 Young Careerist candidates. (Left to right): Amelia Davey, 2015 Young Careerist winner; Miranda Volborth; Cyn Macgregor, BPW/Raleigh president; and Lindsey Harrison. Not pictured: Maria Isabel Rego
About BPW/Raleigh Young Careerist program
The Young Careerist program was founded by Virginia Allan, national president of BPW, in 1963. Allan recognized the need to recruit younger members—and realized that the professional, personal and political achievements of young professionals needed to be honored. Women between the ages of 21 and 35, who have been employed full-time in their career area for at least one year, are encouraged to apply. The winner of the Young Careerist competition will receive a one-year paid membership to BPW/Raleigh and BPW/NC, giving her access to networking at the state and local level, and personal and professional development opportunities. Further information about the Young Careerist program may be obtained at http://bpwraleigh.org/BPW_Young_Careerist.
Cyn Macgregor, BPW/Raleigh President
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Maria Mauriello, is a writer with write2point.com