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29th Annual Women of Distinction Awards

Congratulations to all of our 2017 Women of Distinction!!

 Click here to check out this year's video and visit our Facebook page to see all of our pictures.

Women of Distinction are women from all walks of life in our community whose professional accomplishments and/or philanthropic efforts truly epitomize the potential of every woman. Each year, the YWCA South Hampton Roads recognizes and celebrates the achievements of 12 outstanding women during the annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon. In choosing the recipients for this prestigious award, the selection committee takes into consideration the nominees’ professional and civic achievements AND how the nominees exemplify the values and mission of the YWCA. The honorees must exhibit a dedication to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women promoting peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all.  For a list of past honorees, please click 

This year, please join us to celebrate the following honorees:
  • Arts: Deirdre Love, Executive Director and Founder, Teens With A Purpose
  • Business: Kim Curtis, President and CEO, Tidewater Home Funding LLC
  • Communications: Vivian Paige, Writer, Lecturer, Owner and CPA 
  • Education: Monica Hunter Barnes, Retired Program Manager for the Minority University and Education Program, NASA Langley Research Center 
  • Finance: Beth Patterson, President and Founder, Waypoint Advisors 
  • Government: Noelle Gabriel, Vice Chair, Norfolk School Board 
  • Law: Jill Harris, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney, Office of Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney 
  • Medicine: Shelley Mishoe, Dean, College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University 
  • Military: Captain Barbara Geraghty, U.S. Navy, Ret.
  • Non-Profit: Mike Harkins, Manager of Registration Services, Sentara Leigh Hospital 
  • Science/Technology: Ruth Amundsen, Senior Thermal Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center 
  • Volunteerism: Marianne Dickerson, Community Volunteer 

Thank you to all our generous sponsors!