Nine community leaders in fields as diverse as the arts, government and volunteerism were announced Wednesday as recipients of the YWCA Richmond’s 2018 Outstanding Women Awards.
Since 1980, YWCA Richmond has celebrated local women for their roles in leading the region and inspiring future leaders. This year’s winners were selected based on “their impact on the Greater Richmond community, their leadership skills, a high level of personal and professional achievement and commitment to the YWCA Richmond’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women,” the organization said in a news release.
“The Outstanding Women Awards enacts a critical component of the YWCA’s mission by acknowledging the women leaders whose work has helped shape our region,” Linda S. Tissiere, YWCA Richmond’s chief executive officer, said in the statement. “Although our honorees are being recognized in nine unique categories, each one has demonstrated significant achievement, leadership, impact on the community and commitment to social equality.”
The honorees will be recognized at the Outstanding Women Awards Luncheon on April 27 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
This year’s winners are:
- Arts: Lisa Sims, executive director of Venture Richmond; a collaborative leader, marketer, promoter, advocate and event planner; director of the Richmond Folk Festival.
- Business: Laura Lafayette, chief executive officer of the Richmond Association of Realtors and the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service, as well as executive director of the Partnership for Housing Affordability.
- Education: Miriam Davidow, child advocate as teacher, educator and mentor trainer. She serves youths through her work in public education and nonprofit organizations including Richmond Public Schools and The Community Foundation.
- Health and science: Bonnie B. Price, director of forensic nursing and human trafficking initiatives of Bon Secours Richmond Health System. She also is an educator and forensic nurse consultant.
- Human relations and faith in action: Anna Lou Schaberg, executive director of the Bob & Anna Lou Schaberg Fund at the Virginia Nonprofit Housing Coalition and an active Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education alumna. She is a former coordinator of programs for the gifted with Richmond Public Schools.
- Law and government: Cynthia I. Newbille, Richmond City Council representative for the 7th District, adviser to the president of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation for special projects, a founder of the SisterFund Giving Circle, and a member of various boards and commissions.
- Media and marketing: Frazier Millner Armstrong, independent public relations, marketing and communications strategist; former vice president of audience and content development at the Richmond Times-Dispatch; and an advisory board member for VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture.
- Nonprofit management: Jeanine Harper, executive director of Greater Richmond SCAN. The social worker is a board member of Smart Beginnings, among many others.
- Volunteerism: Patte Koval, volunteer leader and board member with Richmond Promise Neighborhood and the Peter Paul Development Center, volunteer leader with Family Lifeline and Voices for Virginia’s Children, and chair of the Jenkins Foundation board of directors.
YWCA board member and past Outstanding Woman Award honoree Stacy Hawkins Adams said Richmond is “a stronger region because of their professional and volunteer service and their excellent leadership.
“They are role models for all leaders, especially young women, in our region,” Adams said.