Since 1989, the YWCA South Hampton Roads has recognized and celebrated the achievements of outstanding women in South Hampton Roads through the annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon. Now in its 31st year, this prestigious award has been bestowed upon more than 300 women. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this year by honoring women in our community that are the personification of our mission.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
The Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
To purchase individual tickets or tables, please contact our Development Department or call 757-625-4248.
On behalf of women, girls and families across South Hampton Roads, we salute our sponsors and partners with heartfelt thanks. YWCA works with corporations, foundations, organizations and government institutions to help us further our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. We welcome new sponsors and partners and look forward to finding ways to work together to stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities.
If you would like to become a WOD sponsor, contact our Development team via email or give us a call at 757-625-4248.
2019 Women of Distinction Sponsors
- ARDX – Presenting Sponsor
- Norfolk Southern
We are pleased to introduce our 2019 honorees!
Arts, Culture & Design
Founder of the G.R.O.W. Foundation, Neisha Himes is known to the poetry community as 'Beautiful Dizaster'. Neisha uses her gift of spoken word to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence by sharing her own story as a survivor.
Business & the Professions
As executive vice president at The Curtis Group, Wendy regularly guides nonprofits in diversification efforts for boards to raise millions of dollars in support of minority scholarships and disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Darleen retired as Senior Vice President/Chief Operation Officer for Sentara Health Plans. A dedicated community leader and philanthropist, Darleen has been a champion for access to quality healthcare and community service since 1973.
Education, Training, & Development
Vickie is the Founder and Executive Director of Excellence Girls Club, Inc., an organization that helps girls capitalize on their academic and leadership potential while promoting advocacy and social justice.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Lisa Howard is the president & CEO of E3: Elevate Early Education and The New E3 School. She has advocated and secured over $40 million in public-private investments for children to have access to high-quality early education.
Health & Wellness
Charlene, a Breastfeeding Consultant & Peer Counselor at Virginia Beach Department of Health is an advocate for breast cancer research, she volunteers and strongly promotes access to breast health resources regardless of race or socioeconomic status.
Retired from the U.S. Navy, Jennifer served 28 years of honorable service as a Naval Officer, she was one of the first women to serve as a Nuclear Engineer and the first female executive officer at an intelligence command at Damneck, Virginia.
Research & the Sciences
A champion of social justice, Dr. Sparkman-Key is an Associate Professor at Darden College of Education with over 20 publications focused on educating and training culturally competent practitioners in the field of human services.
Woman on the Rise
Anyssa has been a leader since she was 8 when she formed a program designed to help toddlers learn to read. As a young woman she serves as the Program Manager for ELG, a nonprofit entrepreneurship and mentoring organization.