Educating. Mentoring. Connecting. forging relationships and impacting economic success WOMEN’S ECONOMIC
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01Women's Economic Development Council

The Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) was incorporated in February, 1994 for the purpose of providing women with opportunities to contribute substantially to the economic development of our community. WEDC members are a diverse group of mid-to-senior level executives, business professionals and successful businesswomen working together, mentoring each other, and sharing resources to accelerate economic development.


Our Purpose

WEDC exists to champion women as leaders in business and in the community.


Our Vision

Influential women business leaders forging relationships and impacting economic success.


Our Mission

Providing opportunities to women for leadership and economic development through education, mentorship, and strategic connections.

1919th Amendment Mural Project

WEDC is proud to partner with Arts Huntsville, in addition to several other women’s organizations in Huntsville, to produce a mural to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

02Intentional Moment



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has forced us to be more intentional



each and every moment with your loved ones

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    Mentoring is a two-way street, and often the more experienced person, or “the Mentor” learns just as much from their “Mentee.”  I want to personally thank a few of my WEDC Mentors, including Sonya Greene, Lane Fabby, Patti Martin, and Gen. Paulette Risher, to name only a few.  They have been my sounding boards, confidants, and friends, and helped me navigate transitions in life.  Thank you!

    • Diane Whitmore
    • Missile Defense Agency
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    Since being paired with my mentor, Lauren Smith, she has allowed me to be vulnerable and share things that I may not be able to share with co-workers, family, or friends. We all have busy schedules but by having someone you can rely on and be able to hold each other accountable, you see the real benefits of mentorship. Lauren has continued to make our relationship a top priority, and for that I am forever thankful!

    • Keri Echols, CPA
    • Womack & Associates, LLC
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    One of the best advantages I have in the WEDC mentoring program is the business ideas and opportunities that I have seen come my way through the interaction with various entrepreneurs. Through the WEDC Milestone program, I have been able to interact with very bright minds and brilliant ideas. My take away from being in such a prominent group of women is to the see the diversity of how, we as women, make good leaders. And for that, I am forever thankful for being part of the WEDC Milestone Mentoring Program.

    • Nicole Nickerson
    • Keller Williams Realty
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    I’m really enjoying having Maike DeMaria as my mentor. Not only does she talk to me about career challenges and goals, but she also mentors me on a personal level. We meet often, and I enjoy every conversation we have. I always walk away with something good to think on or act on."

    • Katelyn Sides Baker
    • Huntsville-Madison County Chamber