About the YWLA

Launched in January 2015, the Young Women’s Leadership Alliance (YWLA) is the YWCA Richmond’s young women’s professional board, with members between the ages of 25 to 35 who are dedicated to advancing YWCA Richmond’s vision. YWLA connects, equips, and inspires the next generation of leaders in RVA.


If you’re interested in learning more about the YWLA or how to get involved, you may email Rupa Murthy at rmurthy@ywcarichmond.org.

The 2018 application is now open. You can apply for membership here.

Current Members

  • Hadeel Abouhasira, Williams Mullen
  • Sharon Alexander, Children’s Mental Health Resource Center at VCU Health
  • Cassie Baudean Cunningham, Baudean Law , PLLC
  • Kaila Bradley, Richmond Ambulance Authority
  • Nancy Davidson, Office of the Attorney General
  • Lindsey Dombert, VCU
  • Melissa Early, SunTrust Mortgage
  • Catherine Estevez, Communities in Schools of Virginia
  • Sienna Fleming, UPS
  • Noopur Garg, Community Advocate
  • Danielle Gilbert, Bon Secours Health System
  • Beth Hinchcliffe, Apple Hospitality REIT
  • Rachel Hunley,  Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development
  • Rachel Johnson, Capital One
  • Lauren Lopez, Dominion Energy
  • Deanna Martin, SunTrust Mortgage
  • Katie McCall, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Mary Grace Miller, Virginia Office of the Attorney General
  • Naquetta Mitchell, The Tri Cities Chapter of The Continental Society
  • Brit Mohler, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Katie Moody, Richmond Ambulance Authority
  • Amy O’Callaghan, Snagajob
  • Megan Overton, Snagajob
  • Elizabeth Papile, MAXX Potential
  • Martha Schickle, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
  • Louise Schutte, Capital One
  • Allison Smith, Community Advocate
  • Natasha Stevens, Community Advocate
  • Hannah Updike, Planned Parenthood
  • Diana Wolf, Capital One
  • Kimberley Young, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority



The Young Women’s Leadership Alliance’s signature event, Conversation Piece is a live art experience benefiting YWCA Richmond and our preschool program. With a theme of Empower RVA, the event encourages guests to engage in the mission of YWCA Richmond and have conversations around how we can all work together to empower families in our community.  Artists will create pieces live throughout the event around the Empower RVA theme, which will be available at the end of the event through a silent auction.

The Rising Outstanding Woman Award (ROWA) is an annual award recognizing an emerging leader who embodies YWCA Richmond’s values of commitment, respect, integrity and collaboration and who, through their own influence, passion and action(s) empower RVA.

Rising Outstanding Woman Award will be awarded to a woman who

1st award honoree, Liz Doerr.
  • Has made and/or will make a significant contribution towards social good in Central Virginia.
  •  Has displayed outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership.
  • Is between the ages of 25 and 35 years old.


  • ROWA winners will receive an award honoring her  community involvement and the opportunity to attend a mutually agreed upon leadership development experience of her choice at a value of up to $2,500 to positively impact her future leadership capabilities.
  • The award shall be presented annually starting in 2017 with the winner announced during the Women’s Leadership Forum Breakfast held in April.

Nominations are past due for consideration for the 2017 Rising Outstanding Woman Award. 

Questions?  Email Rupa Murthy, Chief Development Officer at rmurthy@ywcarichmond.org