The Rising Outstanding Woman Award (ROWA) is an annual award recognizing a local emerging woman between the ages of 25-40 who is making an impact in our community and who is a voice for social change.

Each year, the Young Women’s Leadership Alliance (YWLA) recognizes a local rising leader in our community.

The Rising Outstanding Woman receives $2,500 to further their personal leadership and professional development.

If you are interested in learning more about applications, read below. Applicants can either be nominated by someone or themselves.  We value both!

This year’s ROWA winner, Dionne Henderson, was celebrated at the OWA Leadership Forum Breakfast on April 11, 2023.

ROWA Application and Nomination

The 2023 ROWA Application is currently closed.  We will reopen the 2024 ROWA Application and Nomination Form in December 2023. 

ROWA looks to recognize a local emerging leader who:

  • Has a strong connection and engagement with the greater Richmond community
  • Has a passion for and is contributing toward social change
  • Demonstrates leadership and has a vision for her community

Applicants can either be nominated by someone or themselves.

Let Me Know When The 2024 ROWA Nominations Open!

Consideration for this award is open to any woman who:

  • Is between the ages of 25 and 40 years old.
  • Resides or works in Richmond City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, or Powhatan County.

Additional Details:

  • The ROWA winner is honored for her community involvement at the annual OWA Leadership Forum Breakfast.  Stay tuned to the 2024 Leadership Forum Breakfast date.
  • The winner receives $2,500 to further her leadership development.

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