Networking Women of the Triangle was born in early 2016 when Founder & President 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 Vice President 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 45,000 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, an 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 & President 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 the knowledge she gained helped her find her next job. Currently, JoNita works full-time as a Senior Project Manager for a local research organization and also held roles previously in higher education, EdTech and IT.
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 five 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
Vice President of Networking Women of the Triangle
Angie “Gigi” Stephenson is a force in business in the Triangle and beyond. With a background in program management and an entrepreneurial spirit at her core, Gigi is the founder and owner of two companies and co-owner of a third. Her inspiration comes in her passion for supporting women in business and more than 13 years’ experience in Human Resources, Technical Writing, Recruiting, and Program Management. She honed her skills and knowledge through supporting a unique range of clients such as the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, US Army Engineer District – Chicago, US Army Central Command, and the Department of Homeland Security. Having quickly discovered her love and appreciation for language and culture while managing an immersion contract for the US Air Force, Gigi instinctively launched her own immersion company in 2019, KTM Language Partners. KTM currently specializes in planning and managing immersion travel for the DoD, with plans for expansion into the private travel sector, bringing her expertise to any traveler seeking a culturally-rooted, authentic experience abroad.
Gigi founded Silver Key Career Solutions in early 2016. After identifying gaps in the career services market in Raleigh, Gigi set out to equip career seekers with game-changing knowledge about how to prepare for and land their dream jobs. She knows the power of networking, what it takes to get the attention of recruiters and hiring managers, and how to beat the applicant tracking systems. Silver Key has expanded to include a diverse team of career service experts who are, according to Gigi, “way smarter than I am. I learn from them all the time. I am in awe of them–their knowledge and their hearts.”
In March of 2016, Gigi had the pleasure of joining forces with JoNita “JoJo” Cox to launch Networking Women of the Triangle (NWOTT). In support of JoJo’s incredible idea, Gigi was thrilled to hop on board and help facilitate the growth of what is now a thriving group of over 40,000 Triangle women. With a show-stopper like JoJo by her side, NWOTT has evolved into an organization that hosts impressive career fairs and monthly networking events, serving job-seekers and business owners at every level. In 2019, NWOTT launched an elite group of established, vetted women leaders and business owners, aptly named the A-Team, throughout the triangle. NWOTT has also had the honor of presenting to Duke University on the Power of Networking and has been invited to participate as subject matter experts on multiple career services and networking hot seat panels.
Gigi, who is originally from Fayetteville, NC, 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. Though she is proud to have earned both of her degrees, Gigi is a proponent of teaching her daughter the value of knowing all of the options available to her as she grows into adulthood – college, trades, military, and of course, entrepreneurship.