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Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange

Helping women reach their full potential as leaders and change makers through diverse cultures, fostering cross-cultural awareness and empowering women around the world.




The mission of WIE is to build and bridge social capital among people of diverse cultures, foster cross-cultural awareness, and develop the infrastructure for community dialogue, engagement, and programming.


Discover excellence with the award-winning Dorothy Counts-Scoggins Mentoring  & Social Justice Program, one of our leading initiatives. We provide enlightening workshops, valuable resources, and enriching opportunities designed for young women and men. Our program focuses on Leadership, Social Justice, Mental Wellness, Academic Support, Goal Planning, and Financial Literacy.



Kelly Little

The Urban Institute for Strengthening Families

Stephanie Counts

CEO Emeritus & Founder 

Rhonda Caldwell


The Main Event, Inc.

Regina Wharton

Board Chair

Wharton & Wharton, LLC

Dr. Caudrean Benjamin

Novant Health

Tania Ince

Mecklenburg County

Susanna Cisneros

UNC Charlotte

Dr. Robin Green 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Dr. Stephanie Kirkland

Identity Dynamics


We believe men play an integral part in empowering women. WIE Champions, our male community,  work as allies to offer a safe and supportive space for women to develop leadership skills, build confidence, and learn about different cultures. 

In Loving Memory

Howard Counts

Howard A. Counts


Just saying his name - Howard Counts - makes me smile. It conjures up wonderful memories.  Howard’s pride and joy was his wife, Stephanie.  Always beside her - never in front, never behind.  They were a team in every sense of the word. Stephanie, as most of us know, is co-founder of WIE.  A visionary.  Always ahead of her time. She would be first to say - if it were not for Howard - adding his brilliant mind, technical skills, and when needed boosts of inspiration — WIE could not have succeeded.  He was the glue and brains that held us together.   Howard was kind.  He was generous with his time, talents, and means.  He was a friend to all who needed a friend. He believed a lot more would get done if no one cared who got the credit.  His unsung accomplishments could fill several books. In remembering Howard, it is his kindness, understanding, willingness to listen to all sides, and the quiet way he assured those seeking advice – we’ll take care of this. Thank you, Howard. We miss your smile. We treasure your life’s messages and the devotion you shared with WIE. ~Joan Zimmerman

Our Partners

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors who help us empower women globally. Contact us to learn about partnership opportunities.

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