Networking Women of the Triangle was born in early 2016 when Founder JoNita Cox was in the midst of a job search. She found career networking support for women in the area lacking so with the support of Co-Founder Angie "Gigi" Stephenson, JoNita started a Facebook group on March 16th, 2016. Within the year, it grew to more than 3,000 members. By the launch of this website, during the summer of 2017, the group had well over 6,000 members. NWOTT currently has a supportive community of over 20,000 local members.
The encouragement offered in the Facebook group was palpable and JoNita and Gigi decided that it was time to formally launch the NWOTT website with the help of Rosa Chan Denis, a NWOTT member. This networking group platform enables members to share job leads and company connections so that their fellow members find it easier to walk through the hiring department doors. Local businesses readily and conveniently tap this Triangle-area talent to hire their superior teams.
Networking Women of the Triangle is focused on empowering women in their careers. Mentoring and career enrichment programs and events encourage women to flourish professionally. This power of connection lets members tap into expert advice for resumes, career tracks, occupational options, continuing education, and networking for the economic and professional benefit of all.
The influence of NWOTT is more than just online. Opportunity has spilled off the web page and members can take advantage of live networking events to connect with other professionals to cultivate professional partnerships within a variety of industries. NWOTT is the premier place to connect, support, and inspire other women in the Triangle.
JoNita "JoJo Michelle" Cox
Founder of Networking Women of the Triangle
JoNita Cox is originally from Sanford, NC, but after moving to Raleigh to attend NC State University she realized this is where she belongs and now calls the Triangle home. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from NC State University and after graduating, became employed by the university. After her tenure at NC State, JoNita started searching for a new opportunity where she could continue to develop her business management skills. She found that networking for women in the Triangle was lacking so with encouragement from her friend and NWOTT co-founder, Gigi, JoNita launched the Networking Women of the Triangle Facebook group. JoNita immediately saw the benefits of the group’s support when it helped her find her current job as a Project Management Specialist at RTI International.
While her job search was the catalyst for creating the Facebook group, JoNita’s experience and skills as a project manager are the reason behind its rapid growth and expansion. She is excited to take NWOTT to the next level by providing women with a platform for even more encouragement, resources, and support while they are journeying to their perfect job.
JoNita is a firm believer in women supporting each other and finds it rewarding when she can help others succeed. She takes pride in teaching her four daughters these same values every day. They are her motivation and the reason she continues to push forward and grow. JoNita wants to be an example for them of how with hard work, dedication, and the right people at your side, anything is possible.
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Angie "Gigi" Stephenson
Co-founder of Networking Women of the Triangle
A North Carolina native and originally from Fayetteville, Angie "Gigi" Stephenson earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina Pembroke and an AAS in Business Administration from Fayetteville Technical Community College.
As a Program Manager for a government contractor supporting military and government clients for over 10 years, paired with a background in Human Resources, Gigi has spent the majority of her professional career providing project support, proposal writing and editing, along with hiring, recruiting, and interviewing. This experience positioned her to launch her own company, Silver Key Career Solutions, LLC in January 2016 and her drive to help others proved to be instrumental to its success. Gigi is passionate about providing her clients with precise and attention-grabbing résumés which allow them to stand out in the competitive market of Raleigh, NC.
While searching for networking opportunities within the Triangle area, Gigi connected with JoNita and helped develop the very successful Networking Women of the Triangle Facebook group in early 2016. It is Gigi’s dedication to helping women prepare for interviews, develop effective networking techniques, and find the perfect career that has led the way for her ongoing work with Networking Women of the Triangle.
Through her passion, dedication, and skills, Gigi is determined to further develop the Networking Women of the Triangle and to create more opportunities for women who are searching to grow their careers in the Triangle. Gigi’s greatest passion is empowering women and arming them with the information needed to excel in their careers and discover their true value. She considers being a mother her greatest achievement and is profoundly thankful to have the opportunity to show her daughter how women can truly conquer any dream.