We were thrilled to honor the following Outstanding Women at this year’s 38th Annual OWA luncheon, on April 27, 2018 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
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- ARTS – Lisa Sims, executive director of Venture Richmond, collaborative leader, marketer, promoter, advocate, event planner, director of the Richmond Folk Festival; recognized for engaging business and community leaders in partnering with the city to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly downtown Richmond.
- BUSINESS – Laura D. Lafeyette, chief executive officer of the Richmond Association of Realtors and the Central Virginia Regional Listing Service; recognized for her dedication to improving the Richmond community and expansion of opportunities by ensuring that an adequate and diverse supply of affordable housing is a public policy priority.
- EDUCATION – Miriam Davidow, child advocate as teacher, educator and mentor trainer, long-time mentor, serves youth through work in public education and nonprofit organizations including Richmond Public Schools, The Community Foundation, The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, The Richmond Jewish Foundation and the Virginia Holocaust Museum; recognized for role as an educator, over 20 years of mentoring young people and making a lasting impact on the people in our community.
- HEALTH & SCIENCE – Bonnie B. Price, director of forensic nursing and human trafficking initiatives of Bon Secours Richmond Health System, educator and forensic nurse consultant; recognized for her guidance and direction with regional law enforcement and advocacy collaborative to educate on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
- HUMAN RELATIONS & FAITH IN ACTION – Anna Lou Schaberg, executive director of the Bob & Anna Lou Schaberg Fund at VNHC (The Virginia Nonprofit Housing Coalition), former coordinator of programs for gifted with Richmond Public Schools, active VCU School of Education alumna; recognized for her exemplary work in seeking innovative solutions to community challenges in workforce development and meeting the needs of homeless youth and refugees.
- LAW & GOVERNMENT – Cynthia I. Newbille, advisor to the president of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation for Special Projects, council representative for the Richmond City Council’s East 7th Voter District & Vice President, a founder of the SisterFund Giving Circle, member of various boards and commissions; recognized for more than 25 years of experience in local government, academia, foundations and nonprofits and demonstrating her commitment to promoting a healthy region and the betterment of our community.
- MARKETING & MEDIA – Frazier Millner Armstrong,independent public relations, marketing and communications strategist, former vice-president of audience and content development at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, past director of marketing and patron communications for the Richmond Symphony, advisory board member for VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture; recognized for effectively uses media platforms to advocate, inform, educate and expand or impart knowledge and information to better the greater Richmond region and beyond.
- NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT – Jeanine Harper, executive director of Greater Richmond SCAN, social worker and board member of Smart Beginnings, among many others; recognized for more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership and work to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect by protecting children, promoting positive parenting, strengthening families and creating a community that values its children.
- VOLUNTEERISM – Patte Koval, volunteer leader and board member with Richmond Promise Neighborhood and Peter Paul Development Center, volunteer leader with Family Lifeline and Voices for Virginia’s Children, chair of the Jenkins Foundation Board of Directors; recognized for her grassroots community building as a volunteer, specifically in improving the lives of individuals and families in our greater Richmond region community.