Our Mission 

The Connected Women of North Carolina (CWNC) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that strives to create opportunities through education, exposure and experience for women in North Carolina. Our goal is to empower women to learn, grow and create their new level of success.

Our Focus 

Addressing Women's Career Needs

The expertise of CWNC program presenters help empower attendees to set tangible goals for their own companies or careers and get ideas for how to go about attaining those goals. Educational workshops span goal-setting, marketing strategies, branding, leadership development and more. While CWNC scholarships will provide a needed educational boost to recipients. 

Volunteerism as a Learning Opportunity

We offer opportunities through volunteerism, working as part of one of our committees which report to Board members.  This model provides ample opportunities for members and participants to gather experience to help transition into a career focus area.

Making an Immediate Impact

CWNC events allow participants to draw upon the expertise of each other to gain valuable insight into building successful careers and businesses and contributing to each other and the surrounding community in a powerful way. At CWNC events, women exchange information, share advice and encouragement, offer inspiration, mentor, and expand business possibilities.   All CWNC programs offer our members exposure to companies, executives, and endorsements for our members career areas.


Naglaa Sockar


Naglaa Sockar, a natural people leader, self-motivated, results oriented individual with keen sense of responsibility and accomplishment. She enjoys playing an active role in leadership, mentorship, coaching and human & professional development . She genuinely believes in creating safe forums for every engagement to foster true human connection, meaningful support,  genuine empowerment, and to always have fun as a team!

Naglaa currently serves as an Enterprise Services Manager at Cisco Systems. Prior to the current role, she served in a number of strategic business management roles within Cisco Systems including Sales Account Management, Customer Operations Management, Service and Support Management, Senior Leadership Team Program Manager (Global Services Senior VP’s Chief of Staff Team), and Business Transformation & Development management.

During her professional career, Naglaa has a proven record of success with $100+M national and global customer accounts in several verticals. In addition to being trilingual, she is an expert in initiating effective change management and identifying solutions to complex business challenges, and a leader in driving business objectives. Naglaa has a strong executive presence, bringing key stakeholders together to resolve acute business situations, successfully implementing programs and creating strategic partnership alliances. In addition, she has held several leadership roles with her local communities, corporate employee resource groups as well as non-profit organizations. She enjoys sharing her passion and pride of community service, while volunteering to make an impact in people’s lives.

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Olivia Nadasan

Vice President

Olivia Nadasan is Senior Finance Transformation Lead, with professional experience across different geographies and with a strong combination of Finance, Sales Operations & Process Improvement expertise.

Her approach is to lead operational excellence by challenging the status quo, enabling a win–win mindset and build strong partnerships with key stakeholders, while at the same time understand customer needs and international market trends.

In her core professional life she works for Cisco Systems, Inc., in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, as a Sr. Lead Architect supporting two large Finance organizations. She is also the Global Leader of the FWN (Finance Women’s Network) Local Ambassadors Network Program, with an outreach across 7 global sites.

Giving back to the community is one of her greatest passions. She loves to support the career development and growth for women and young professionals. During her assignments in Europe, she supported the newly build Cisco site in Krakow as Career Development Site Lead, enabling different Development Programs for 1000+ employees and becoming a key player in supporting Cisco Poland win the ‘Best place to work’ Award for companies with over 500 employees.

Olivia has joined our non-profit 501c3 organization in 2018, as a Board Director for Strategy & Ops, supporting the Co-Presidents and the Board Team drive strategy, vision and execution of the CWNC Programs, while also Coordinating OPEX optimization and sponsorship negotiations.

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Pamela Melton

Director of Marketing and Communications


Pam Melton is an accomplished recruiter with strong project management and software implementation experience.  She has worked extensively within Recruitment, HR and training, and has worked closely with organizations to develop and implement recruitment applicant tracking systems.

·      15 years recruitment and HR experience
·      Level 2 in Psychometric testing
·      Hard working mom of three kids and grandma to a gorgeous grandson

I absolutely believe that everyone has the right to be developed and grown to their full potential.  They should be valued and appreciated and what better way to do this than by being a part of CWNC, and actively having a hand in bringing out the very best of people?  I am so grateful to be a part of this community, working alongside such talented and passionate women.

‘The role of leaders is not to get other people to follow them but to empower others to lead’ – Bill George

Lori Welsh

Director for Development Programs and Treasury

Professional Development Lead

Lori is an ambitious and supportive leader that prides herself on being able to build and maintain strong working relationships, both personally and professionally.  Her passions include spending time with her family and contributing to the development of other women in all areas of life.  Her professional experience spans over 18 years in finance and accounting that has led to her current position as Finance Director at Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.

Contact our team at Connect@CWNC.org

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