2019 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 2019 Outstanding Women Awards have ended!

Our 39th Annual Outstanding Women Awards will celebrate nine dynamic leaders at an empowering luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Richmond Marriott. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Check back for ticket information.

2018 Honorees: Jeanine Harper, Cynthia I. Newbille, Lisa Sims, Bonnie B. Price, Patte Koval, Miriam Davidow, Anna Lou Schaberg, Laura D. Lafayette, Frazier Millner Armstrong — For more information about our honorees, click here.

Women’s Leadership Forum

The 5th Annual Women’s Leadership Forum, sponsored by Capital One, will be held on March 27, 2019. Join us for an honest conversation about women in leadership!

Next year’s theme is entitled “Fearless Leadership:  Find your voice & use it!” and panelists are yet to be announced, but check out this past year’s special guests below!

Marge Connelly – retired financial services executive, 2003 OWA Honoree
Ellen Robertson – Richmond City Council, 2007 OWA Honoree
Karen Stanley – CEO, CARITAS
Liz Doerr – Director of Engagement, New Richmond Ventures VC, 2017 Rising Outstanding Women Awardee

Moderated by: Judy Pahren – SVP, Capital One, 2014 OWA Honoree

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Program will be held from 9:00 – 11 a.m.

We will also announce this year’s Rising Outstanding Woman Award, presented by Capital One.

Tickets will be sold at a later date.

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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.