The Rising Outstanding Woman Award (ROWA) is an annual award recognizing a local emerging leader 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.  In 2021, YWLA announced the ROWA recipient at the OWA Virtual Leadership Forum on Tuesday, May 11.

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

Application Opening December 2021

We will open up the 2022 ROWA Application in December 2021.  The application will be open from December 2021-February 2022.

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

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.


  • The ROWA winner will receive an award honoring her community involvement at the 2021 OWA Celebration.
  • The winner will receive $2,500 to further her leadership development.

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