~ Award Winners were announced during the Women of Excellence Awards Celebration~
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Celebrating the accomplishments of successful women entrepreneurs and community leaders, NAWBO Richmond announced its 2019 Women of Excellence Award Winners during its 21st Anniversary Women of Excellence Awards Celebration May 1, 2019.
In addition, NAWBO Richmond celebrated our youngest entrepreneurs, recognizing top selling girl scouts in partnership with the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth.
The Women of Excellence Award Winners for 2018-2019 include:
Children's Home Society of Virginia Community Leader
The winner of the Community Leader award demonstrates that she goes the extra mile to get involved in programs and activities that benefit the community in which she lives and works. This individual will display leadership, initiative, creativity and dedication to her community. Through her involvement, she inspires others to get involved and to make a difference in the lives of others. When selecting the recipient, the Awards Committee places heavy consideration on community service and community activism.
The winner of the 2019 Children's Home Society of Virginia Community Leader Award is Monique Johnson, Better Housing Coalition.
NAWBO Richmond Rising Star
The winner of the Rising Star Award demonstrates how her business has made a visible impact in the industry or community, provided a unique or unusual service or product, or provided a traditional service or product in a unique or highly successful way. The winner must articulate how she has overcome obstacles and responded to adversity on her journey to success.
Congratulations to Stevie McFadden, Flourish Spaces, the 2019 NAWBO Richmond Rising Star.
Wells Fargo Women in STEM
The winner of the Wells Fargo Women in STEM award will show persistence and tenacity in pursuing scientific excellence of truly world-class quality. In addition, the winner will have a significant track record of discovery, research and development.
The winner of the 2019 Wells Fargo Women in STEM Award is Elaine Horn-Ranney, Tympanogen.
BDO Entrepreneur of the Year
The winner of the BDO Entrepreneur of the Year Award demonstrates success in leading a business and excellence in facing challenges, maximizing opportunities, and achieving goals. In addition the winner shows innovation in business, product, service, or ideas and must articulate how she has overcome obstacles and responded to adversity on her journey to success.
Congratulations to Michele Rhudy, Rhudy Communications, the 2019 BDO Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner.
University of Richmond Student Entrepreneur
The Student Entrepreneur Award recognizes a student currently enrolled in high school, college or graduate school who is successful in the development of a business and/or able to demonstrate a viable business plan. The winner would demonstrate innovation in business, product, service, or ideas. The winner would articulate how she has overcome obstacles and responded to adversity on her journey to success as well as how she expects to succeed in and grow the described business. The University of Richmond Student Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded $2,000 in scholarship money.
The winner of the 2019 University of Richmond Student Entrepreneur Award Winner Morgan Rhudy, Girl Power Grants.
We thank all of our sponsors for their support for the Women of Excellence Awards Program. We extend our appreciation to:
Visionary and VIP Sponsor
Sona Bank P.O.W.E.R.
Children's Home Society of Virginia
University of Richmond
Jan-Pro of Richmond/Charlottesville
Girl Scout Sponsor
Locke & Quinn
Diamonds Direct of Glen Allen
Mercedes-Benz of Richmond
The Dominion Club
Artistic Balloon Boutique
Lindsay Mears Studio
For more information about the Women of Excellence please visit www.nawborichmond.org.
NAWBO propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power worldwide. Locally, our Richmond Chapter of NAWBO supports women entrepreneurs in all stages of their business life.