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.

Voices of Change: Sign Up for Saying No to the Status Quo

August 19, 2021, 5-7 pm, Virtual Event

Join us for a conversation focused on career development and community leadership.  This event will be moderated by Laura Lafayette, CEO of Richmond Association for REALTORS


Panelists include:

  • Dr. Robin Foster, Professor and Director – Child Protection Team at VCU Health 
  • Kim Mahan, Founding Partner of Maxx Potential
  • Nadine Marsh-Carter, President and CEO of Children’s Home of Virginia
  • Senator Jennifer McClellan, Virginia State Senator


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

The second event for Voices of Change focused on thoughtful, honest, and inspired conversations about women’s economic empowerment.


Moderated by Natalie Garramone, Owner and Principal Consultant of ONE EIGHTY, the panelists included:


  • Dakia Knight, Managing Broker, REALTOR, SRS, GREEN, ICON Realty Group
  • Maura Stevenson, CPA
  • Nadia Anderson, CPA
  • Shantell J. M. Chambliss, PhD, Dress for Success

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