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.

Contact

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, Children’s Home Society of Virginia
  • 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, Dominion Energy
  • Danielle Gilbert, Bon Secours Health System
  • Beth Hinchcliffe, Apple Hospitality REIT
  • Rachel Hunley,  Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development
  • Rachel Johnson, Capital One
  • Lindsey Lakoff, SunTrust Mortgage
  • 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
  • Kimberley Young, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority

 


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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

  • 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.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

  • 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

Congratulations to our 2018 ROWA recipient, Joi Donaldson!

Joi “Unspeakable” Donaldson loves to write. A lot. Nine books, including the 8-pager she wrote when she was 9, worth of love for writing. Ranging from poetry and short story to humor and promptings, writing is more than just Joi’s thing: it’s her way of life.

Joi’s way with words and imaginative approach to life and business have allowed her to work with various grassroots efforts and professional collaborators. She was a contributor for RiseNGrind Magazine, has been featured in the Soar column of For Harriet, the blog site, “The Next 100” and has found her new home on the blog, “Medium.” She is Editor-In-Chief of the digital magazine, Evincive, alongside writer, Avian Mills, of “Closets and Kids” and is a Feast RVA grant finalist and independent producer of the podcast, “My Depression’s Got Jokes.

Her work as a professional photographer has won her fans, along with her body positive photo campaign, “Thick Thighs Save Lives RVA.” And Joi’s lifestyle brand, ReFeel & Co, makes self-care in all its layers effortless. One of Joi’s passion projects, called Paper Storm, is a non-profit for teen girls of color that uses creative expression to dive into discovering and utilizing our backstories to propel ourselves forward. Paper Storms’ sister project, Sis, Disruptive, is a  healing space series, centers women of color that kick back against the ideas of needing to be saved by the outside and going within to save and heal ourselves.

Joi “Unspeakable” Donaldson does (and is) a lot: mother, author, poet, youth mentor, photographer, entrepreneur, influencer, editor-in-chief, producer, advocate for change and acceptance, activist, teacher, consultant, reader, artist, carefree black girl and survivor. But most of all, she is a writer who has been commissioned to tell stories.