Media Sensation Jen Groover & DE Lt Gov Bethany Hall-Long Headline Series

Also announcing the 2018 Great Dames Remarkable Ideas Competition Winners

(Wilmington) Butler Bag creator Jen Groover, named by Success magazine as a “One-Woman Brand,” and a “Creativity and Innovation Guru, has dedicated her career to inspiring others to realize their potential. She will share her success story and commence the Great Dames Remarkable Ideas Competition III on Monday, Oct. 15. The popular competition and audience favorite is split into two events: the pitch event on Oct. 15, and the winner announcement on Nov. 5. Both will take place at Harry's Savoy Ballroom in North Wilmington from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Lt. Governor of Delaware Bethany Hall-Long will serve as the keynote speaker on Nov. 5. Hall-Long has worked to ensure a stronger, healthier Delaware by combating addiction, focusing on a stronger mental health system, fighting cancer and battling health inequities. In addition to announcing the winner of the 2018 Remarkable Ideas Competition III, Hall Long will introduce the Remarkable Youth Pitches (for teen girls), which is new this year.

All dames and gents are encouraged to attend both events, regardless of whether they take part in the competition. In fact, the audience plays an integral role. They have the opportunity to witness some of the most influential women in the region, plus hear Remarkable Ideas competitors pitch game-changing concepts. They then vote on which one of these great visions will become tomorrow’s big idea.

Competition participants will pitch innovative ideas that offer solutions in health and wellness, safety and security or education. The winner receives a $25,000 package of cash and services.

"Women are reshaping the marketplace,” says Great Dames CEO Sharon Kelly Hake. “Women have the ability to sense great opportunities, and through this competition, we hope to provide a platform for sharing their powerful ideas and to get support. We’re also thrilled to welcome Jen and Bethany, who will inspire our audience to activate their ideas.”

Proceeds benefit the Great Dames Fund, which supports causes that empower women and girls. For more information or tickets, visit

Great Dames Fall 2018 Series: Remarkable Ideas Competition III: October 15 | Nov 5

  • Mondays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Harry’s Savoy Grill, 2020 Naamans Rd., Wilmington, Del.

  • Hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks will be served. A cash bar will be available.

About Great Dames, Inc. Our mission is to help women discover their Great Dameness. We help women and girls be more successful through self-discovery, mentoring, inspiration and action. Great Dames offers unique programs that transform the lives of women by enabling them to activate their strengths with purpose and passion, including the Powerful Conversations Speaker Series, Peer Advisory Mentoring Groups, and Remarkable Ideas Competitions. Great Dames builds awareness and financial support for causes that are vital to women.

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