Women of Distinction
YWCA Honors Nine Local Ladies Working to Eliminate Racism, Empower Women and Promote Peace, Justice, Dignity and Freedom for All
By Angela Blue, Grace Silipigni and Melissa M. Stewart
Photography by David Uhrin
What exactly constitutes a Woman of Distinction? Is it an innovator who dares to pioneer a new path? Perhaps an honorable leader who breaks barriers? Or an emerging voice who works to make a positive impact in her community? The answer is yes and then some.
In selecting honorees for their 31st Annual Women of Distinction awards, the YWCA of South Hampton Roads uses a scientific rubric when considering each candidate. The organization considers a Woman of Distinction as someone who has made a significant difference in her community or the larger world, inspires others and has achieved outstanding success in her field by breaking new ground or old barriers; showing vision, creativity and initiative; being a leader or role model; and participating actively as a volunteer.
Women of Distinction encompass remarkable traits and have accomplished a multitude of inspirational achievements. But one thing they each have in common is their passion for eliminating racism and empowering women, which matches the overall mission of the YWCA. Meet this year’s outstanding honorees below.
Education, Training and Development
Photo by Timorah Beales Photography
Business & the Professions
Woman on the Rise
Arts, Culture & Design
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Health & Wellness