Wednesday, January 11, 2012
CHoR's Executive Director named Woman of the Year by YWCA
Leslie Wyatt, vice president of children’s services and executive director of
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been
selected as one of the YWCA of Richmond’s 2012 Outstanding Women Awards
Wyatt received the award in the health and science category and is among nine
Richmond-area women being recognized for their accomplishments.
and well-being of children has been my professional and personal passion, and
knowing that I will be part of an event that raises awareness and funds for the
YWCA’s Child Development Center and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Programs is most rewarding and inspiring,” Wyatt said.
establishment of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, there is a new energy
and momentum around children’s health care in Richmond,” she said. “We have to
stay committed to putting kids first, and I believe the YWCA does that for
children and women every day.”
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 of
Richmond’s mission to empower women and elevate children.
Cassandra Emery, executive director and CEO of the YWCA of Richmond, the class
of 2012 joins more than 300 individuals who have been previously recognized for
leadership excellence. They represent every community sector ranging from
business and education to volunteerism and the arts.
Women Awards plays an important role in bringing exceptional women together,”
said Emery. “The accomplishments of these women have resulted in remarkable
progress for women and children in this community.”
This year’s other
winners include Joan Lipstock, advocate for persons with disabilities; Sally
Green, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond; Robin Starr, SPCA; Carole Weinstein,
Jewish Family Services; Jennifer Parham, Needles Eye Ministries; Nancy Oglesby,
advocate for patients of domestic violence; Karen Coltrane, Children’s Museum of
Richmond; and Iris Holliday, Dominion Virginia Power.
The honorees will
be recognized and celebrated at the YWCA of Richmond’s Annual
Outstanding Women Awards Luncheon in May.
Since 1980, the YWCA has been
honoring women with the Outstanding Women Awards. For more information, visit www.ywcarichmond.org.