2020 Outstanding Women Awards

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In 1980, YWCA Richmond launched the Outstanding Women Awards program in order to recognize women in the Greater Richmond area who have made significant contributions to our community through their exceptional leadership, sustained dedication, and inspiring achievements.  Thank you for your help in identifying these individuals who do so much for our community!

Nominations for our 2020 Outstanding Women Awards are now open!

Our 40th Annual Outstanding Women Awards will celebrate nine dynamic leaders at an empowering luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Richmond Marriott. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Individual luncheon tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.

Table purchases, as well as individual and corporate sponsorships are available. For more information about event sponsorships and table purchases, contact Rupa Murthy at rmurthy@ywcarichmond.org

2019 Honorees: Jane Henderson, Susan Gooden, Sally Graham, Greta Harris, Susan Clarke Schaar, Katherine Wintsch, Christy Coleman, Susan Adolf.

— For more information about our honorees, click here.

Women’s Leadership Forum

The 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, sponsored by Capital One, was held on March 27, 2019 and involved an honest conversation about women in leadership!

The theme WAS entitled “Fearless Leadership:  Find your voice & use it!” 

Panelists includeD:

– Adele Johnson, executive director, Black History Museum, 2005 OWA Honoree
– Laura Lafayette, president, Richmond Realtors Association, 2018 OWA Honoree
– Nadine Marsh-Carter, executive director, Children’s Home Society, 2018 Pat Asch Fellow
– Colleen Quinn, attorney, Locke & Quinn, 2011 OWA Honoree

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Presenting Sponsor of OWA Women’s Leadership Forum



If you have questions about the Outstanding Women Awards, nominations, sponsorship opportunities and more, you may contact Rupa Murthy, Chief Development Officer at 804-980-7302 or rmurthy(at)ywcarichmond(dot)org.