Voices of Change: YWLA Empowerment Series

Awareness and education must be followed by action. Our young women’s board, Young Women’s Leadership Alliance (YWLA), is launching its first-ever Voices of Change series to inspire all to take a more active role in empowering women and eliminating racism.


The three-part virtual series centers the voices of women in our community who are championing racial and gender equity.  Through authentic conversations with local leaders, advocates, and change-makers, Voices of Change is designed to inspire all to become change agents to promote justice and equity within our families, workplaces, schools, and communities.


With topics ranging from community resilience and strength, economic empowerment, and leadership, together we will create a space to enrich, share knowledge, and hold conversations on equity, opportunity, justice, and community change.


Registration is $10 for each event.  Proceeds will benefit YWCA’s Sprout School.


For more details on each event and to register, click below.

Registration for each upcoming event


Event 2 (Virtual)

Women’s Economic Empowerment 

Thursday, June 3, 2021: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Zoom link to follow


Event 3

Careers: Saying No to the Status Quo

Thursday, August 19, 2021: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm 


Zoom link to follow

Past events

The first event for Voices of Change engaged in deep, honest, and hopeful conversations about community resilience.


Moderated by Reverend Dr. Lacette Cross, Pastor of Restoration Fellowship RVA and Interim CEO of Side by Side, the panelists included:


  • Alexsis Rogers – Virginia State Director Care in Action
  • Aurora Higgs – Black Trans Activist, Speaker, Educator, and Media Producer
  • Deanna Fierro – Educator and President of the League of the United Latin American Citizens, Richmond Region
  • Elaine Williams – Director of RVA Thrives

Thank you to CarMax for investing in the Voices of Change series.