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.

Applications are now open (see below). Applicants can either be nominated by someone or themselves.  We value both!

This year’s ROWA winner will be recognized at YWCA’s Leadership Forum Breakfast on April 11, 2023.

ROWA Application and Nomination

The 2023 ROWA Application is open now – March 24, 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.

2023 ROWA application and nomination form

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 will receive an award honoring her community involvement at the 2023 OWA Leadership Forum Breakfast, which will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023.
  • The winner will receive $2,500 to further her leadership development.

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