2020 Outstanding Women Awards

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YWCA Richmond Celebrates 40 Years of Women’s Leadership!

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. Since then, 300 female leaders in positions of influence have been honored at the annual awards luncheon. All of them serve as role models in Richmond’s foundation and history overall. These women are critical to the economic vitality of Richmond and each one represents the career advancement of women and stands to generate broader societal impacts on pay equity, changing workplace policies in ways that benefit both men and women, and attracting a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

YWCA Richmond’s Outstanding Women Award honorees encourage, promote, celebrate and create the conditions in our region under which many more women can and will lead within their own fields. Thank you for your continued help in identifying these incredible women who do so much for our community!

YWCA Richmond is celebrating 40 years of women’s leadership in Central Virginia and will announce our 2020 honorees very soon. Check back for more details.

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 Downtown. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Individual luncheon tickets, table purchases and leadership forum tickets are available for purchase HERE.

Corporate sponsorships are available now! For more information about event sponsorships, table purchases and event details contact Heather Garrett at hgarrett@ywcarichmond.org

— 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@ywcarichmond.org.

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