Meet the 2015 Women of Western Wake

What is success?

What inspires you?

Ask five accomplished women, and you’ll get five distinct responses.

Meet the 2015 Women of Western Wake!


Lisa Grimes, CEO of PurThread

Jenn Mann, VP of Human Resources at SAS

Angela Newman, Director of the Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace at WakeMed Cary

Gemimah Rodriguez, Program Director at SAFE Child and owner of Rise Up Services

Dr. Tracy Weeks, Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer, N.C. Department of Public Instruction


Though their roads to success vary, these five fabulous women value family, hard work, and connecting people for the greater good.

Go gutsy with your ideas, they say.

Collaborate, and communicate. Take risks. Have faith. Maintain integrity. Give 100 percent.

And most of all, be yourself.

In sharing their stories, the Women of Western Wake inspire us all.


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