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The Young Women’s Leadership Alliance (YWLA), YWCA Richmond’s young professionals’ board, is excited to announce an opportunity for a rising woman leader to be recognized for their impact to our community and enhance their future leadership opportunities with an investment in leadership development.

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

  • 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 is be presented annually with the winner announced during the Women’s Leadership Forum Breakfast held in April.

Nominations are due December 1, 2017 for consideration for the 2018 Rising Outstanding Woman Award.

Questions?  Email Rupa Murthy, Chief Development Officer at rmurthy(at)ywcarichmond(dot)org. 


Rising Outstanding Woman Award Nomination Form

  • Nominee Information

    Information about the woman whom you'd like to nominate for an Outstanding Rising Woman Award.
  • Narrative

    Please answer the following questions to share why the person you are nominating is a rising outstanding woman. A strong nomination will provide examples of this woman's leadership, passionate commitment to a cause, innovation(s) and/or any achievements through adversity. *Please consider writing this content in a separate, saved document, then cutting and pasting text, to protect your work. For security, this application does not automatically save responses.*
  • Limit: 5,000 characters
  • Limit: 2,500 characters
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  • Nominator Information

    Information about the individual(s) nominating this Rising Outstanding Woman
  • This information will help us with future communication to finalists. Award finalists (up to five) will be notified in February 2018 and the ROWA committee will begin scheduling interviews at that time for the second phase of the selection process.