WiM Leadership Conference

Friday October 27, 2023 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
The Williamsburg Lodge
310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA

$200.00 VMA Members
$250.00 Non-VMA Members

Join the VMA and WiM Virginia community as we focus on the importance that women play in keeping manufacturing competitive in Virginia.  This conference will include professional development sessions, roundtable discussions on important topics, and inspiring keynotes.  Join us for a day devoted to celebrating women in manufacturing who exemplify leadership within their companies and recognizing the widespread impact women have on shaping the industry, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product, or testing innovations that help make Virginia more competitive.  

Unlike some other food celebrities,

Little Debbie is a real person. 

Friday Morning Keynote Speaker: Debbie McKee-Fowler, Chairman of the Board, McKee Foods Corp.

Debbie McKee-Fowler is the original inspiration for the Little Debbie logo and still very much a part of the family business which was created by her grandfather in 1934.  She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for McKee Foods.  Join Little Debbie herself to hear about how her name became an icon in the snack world, what it takes to manage a brand that is so recognizable, the challenges of running a family business and why we just can’t get enough of our favorite comfort food.

Join your fellow WiM Members on Thursday Evening from 7PM– 8PM for the Haunted Williamsburg Tour

From authentic 18th-century colonial ghost stories to creepy modern-day encounters, costumed storytellers share unnerving tales on this Colonial Williamsburg ghost tour. Haunted Williamsburg is the only tour that takes you inside the historic buildings.  If you would like to participate, you must purchase your ticket online for the 7pm timeframe. The Haunted Walk ticket is not included in the Leadership Conference registration price and must be purchased separately.

After the tour gather from 8:10PM – 9PM for a Welcome & First Timers Happy Hour. WiM Leadership will host a post-walk cocktail hour at Sweet Tea & Barley Tavern as a way to clear the cobwebs and welcome our first timers.


Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Kimberly Noonan at knoonan@vamanufacturers.com.