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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 honorees.

Wyatt received the award in the health and science category and is among nine Richmond-area women being recognized for their accomplishments.

“Health 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.

“Since the 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. 

According to 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.

"The Outstanding 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

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