Professional Development

New leaders announced for Wilmington Leadership Alliance

The organization unites Wilmington business leaders for positive change.

Downtown Wilmington.

(Photo by Flickr user michelgagnon, used under a Creative Commons license)

Someone has to lead the leaders, right?

Wilmington Leadership Alliance just announced that There du Pont, president of The Longwood Foundation, is the new executive chairman of WLA, taking over for Paul McConnell of McConnell Johnson Real Estate (you may also know him as the founder of 1313 Innovation).

Du Pont, like McConnell, was a founding member of WLA, an alliance of 30 leading businesses and organizations working together to fulfill the vision of making Wilmington the “Most Dynamic Small City in America.”

“Paul did a masterful job in helping to found and guide the creation of WLA since its inception, and all of our members appreciate the time, effort and resources Paul has dedicated to making Wilmington a better place to live and work,” du Pont said. “WLA is well positioned to help promote positive change in our four areas of focus — economic development, leadership, livability and education. I look forward to working with the Executive Board and our members to make that happen.”

It was also announced that Robert W. Perkins, executive director of the Delaware Business Roundtable, is the new executive director of WLA.

“It’s a privilege to serve as WLA Executive Director,” Perkins said. “The effort WLA members have undertaken is critical to the success of Wilmington and to the entire State of Delaware. WLA is a great example of how the business community is stepping up to help drive progress in the City, and I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with both public and private sector leaders.”

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