The Award

The Jessie Arrey-Mbi Leadership and Service Award is an honorary ceremony  that recognizes women who are selflessly dedicating time and resources to improve underserved communities and the lives of other women and children.

The award is named after another selfless Mother, Wife, Leader and Living Legend.

Recipients of this award are carefully selected for their leadership and commitment to service.

Charlotte Miller-Lacy

Founder & National Executive Director I Am My Sister’s Keeper (MSK)

Ellyn Herbert

Economic Development Specialist U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Kim Adams

President – Mountain Consulting, Inc.


Whether a date night, girls night out, or a self-care night, get dressed for the red carpet, and prepare for a night to remember!

We will be upholding Delaware Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidelines.

Food  <>  Cash Bar <> Entertainment <>  Networking <>  Philanthropy


Come fellowship with a diverse society of talents, cultures, experiences and expertises, while serving a great cause. We are a powerful network of women who love to give back, and our philanthropic efforts have both local and global impacts.


Finding clarity and getting into the right mindset is paramount to success. Experience a beautiful soiree where you will rediscover your mission in life and be filled with inspiration. We also promise you loads of laughter, maybe a few tears, and an overall great experience.


Build meaningful connections with other men and women who share a common interest. Create or strengthen your network, and cultivate new relationships with people you can learn from, partner with and grow together.


By the end of this evening, you will have the right mindset to redesign the life you desire for yourself, family and business. You will be empowered to execute and succeed. We will be celebrating your transformational success as the year concludes. COVID may have presented some roadblocks, but 2020 is not done yet!


Pastor Nancy Joy Dozier

CEO of Joy Life Enterprises

Logan S. Herring, Sr.

Chief Executive Officer REACH Riverside, Kingswood Community Center, and The Warehouse


MC Chaz

Master Of Ceremony

Yesenia Taveras

Red Carpet Host
Founder & CEO of Yesenia Taveras Enterprise Senior Producer/On-Air Talent at WITN22-TV


5:00 PM – Cocktails, Hors D’oeuvres, Networking, Red Carpet, Vendors

6:00 PM – Welcome Address by MC Chaz, Master of Ceremony

6:05 PM – Message from the Board Chair; Pastor Nancy Joy Dozier 

The Mindset of Faith: I Am A Seed

6:30 PM – Dinner 

7:00 PM – Keynote Address: Secretary Jennifer Cohan – Delaware Department of Transportation

All Bets on You! Setting Your Goals and Crushing Them  

7:30 PM – Awards Ceremony; Linda Arrey-Mbi Nkwenti, Chief Executive Officer – WILDE 

2020 Jessie Arrey-Mbi Leadership & Service Award Honorees:

    • Kim Adams; President – Mountain Consulting, Inc
    • Ellyn Herbert; Economic Development Specialist – U.S. Small Business Administration 
    • Charlotte Miller-Lacy; Founder & National Executive Director – I Am My Sister’s Keeper 

8:30 PM – Guest Speaker: Logan Herring, CEO – REACH Riverside, Kingswood Community Center, and The Warehouse

The Eagles that Thought They Were Chickens: In order to fly, you first have to believe you can

8:55 PM until 9:30 PM – Closing Remarks / Networking / Music



We are limiting vendors to 10 opportunities to ensure room for social distancing.

Vendors are advised to dress the part and must also wear a mask.




Event Details

No! The gala is a beautiful soiree and opened to all men and women.

The event will be held indoors. The entranceway and/or other doors will be left open to increase ventilation.

Yes, there will be plenty of space to socially distance.

We are limiting this event to 60 people to ensure room for social distancing.

To ensure the safety of our guests, we will be serving heavy hors d’oeuvres, and all food and beverages will be served. Every effort will be made to ensure no cross contamination.

Health & Safety

Yes, all guests will have their temperature checked with a no contact thermometer. Any guests with temperatures above 99.5 degrees will not be allowed into the venue as we must guarantee the safety of our guests in accordance with the Delaware Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidelines. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient within two weeks of the gala, we ask that you kindly stay home.

Yes, a facial covering must be worn unless when actively eating or drinking. Everyone must wear a mask if they are not seated.

No. We ask that you make every effort to bring your mask. If you forget your mask, a disposal mask will be issued to you prior to entry.

Yes, hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the venue for guests to use. Touch points are cleaned throughout the day, and there is soap, water and hand sanitizer.



Are vendor opportunities available and do vendors have to be registered for the gala?

Yes, vendor opportunities are available for the gala. However we can only accommodate 10 vendors to ensure room for social distancing. All

Yes, vendor opportunities are available for the gala. However we can only accommodate 10 vendors to ensure room for social distancing. All approved vendors must apply for consideration. Approved vendors will be notified on a first come basis.

Vendor must submit the required vending fee within the time provided in the acceptance notice, or will forfeit their space. Additionally, all vendor assistants or staff must register for the gala. Please note that being a vendor does not guarantee sales, and WILDE takes no responsibility for sales or lack thereof from vending.

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In partnering with Women in Leadership Development & Empowerment, not only will you give your business or organization a platform to connect with a diverse network of women, but your sponsorship will equip WILDE with resources to expand and develop vital aspects of the charity such as our women leadership initiatives, and support for mothers and underserved communities. There are many opportunities and levels to which you can partner with this great effort. Every gift makes a significant difference.

For all Sponsorship inquiries please email: info@wildeinc.org

Unfortunately, all sales are final. You may however gift or transfer your registration.

Availability for the conference is quickly selling out and to guarantee your registration, we strongly suggest that you complete your registration as soon as possible. There will be no ticket sales at the conference.

Seating is first come, first served for parties of all sizes. We want you and your group to have the best possible seating and suggest that you arrive as early as possible to sit on the same table with people from your household. Parties of two or more must all be present to be seated. We do not allow saving seats

We do not allow guests to bring in recording devices/equipment to our conferences.

However, record portions of the conference using a cell phone as long as the flash is in the “off” position and the device is silent. All post on social media and your website must be credited/referenced to #WWABC2020 #2020JessieArreymbiAward

Yes, you can take pictures and post to your social media, so your friends may be blessed! Remember, NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY and use hashtags #WWABC2020 #2020JessieArreymbiAward


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