Daring to Be Powerful: YWCA Women of Distinction

Honorees for the 2020 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards are Not Only Accomplished but Connected, Courageous and Committed to Change

Photography by Dave Uhrin and Jim Pile

2020 YWCA Women of Distinction

Nine women join the ranks of our region’s most powerful female leaders in the 32nd year of the YWCA South Hampton Roads’ Women of Distinction Awards. From courtrooms and classrooms to marine life and maritime, these nine honorees are making waves in a plethora of industries, all in hopes of creating a Coastal Virginia community that is connected, courageous and committed to change. We asked these nine remarkable women to share their thoughts on life, leadership and serving the greater good.

The honorees will be recognized at a luncheon, now rescheduled for June, based on the YWCA’s chosen theme for the year, “Dare to Be Powerful,” and inspired by the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. Coastal Virginia Magazine serves as a media sponsor for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.

 

Andrea Bear

Andrea Bear

Arts, Culture & Design

 

Richardean Benjamin

Richardean Benjamin

Education, Training & Development

 

Mary Blunt

Mary Blunt

Health & Wellness

 

Elle Harris

Elle Harris

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

 

Judy Jankowski

Judy Jankowki

Community Champion

 

Allyson McNaughton

Allyson McNaughton

Research & the Sciences

 

Jeannette Rincon

Jeannette Rincon

Military

 

Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero

Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero

Woman on the Rise

 

Aleea Slappy Wilson

Aleea Slappy Wilson

Business & the Professions

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Grace Silipigni is an elementary school Spanish immersion teacher based in Virginia Beach and a regular contributor to Coastal Virginia Magazine, covering a wide range of topics such as health and wellness, education and learning, food and drink, happenings and events, travel and getaways and more.

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