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YWCA Tampa Bay CEO Awarded St. Petersburg “2014 Non-Profit Woman of the Year"

YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., and YWCA Tampa Bay CEO and President Lenice C. Emanuel, MLA.

YWCA Tampa Bay CEO and President Lenice C. Emanuel, MLA, was awarded the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious “2014 Non-Profit Woman of the Year” award during the 15th Annual Iconic Women of St. Petersburg ¬– Celebrating Women with Vision Awards Luncheon.

More than 100 women were nominated for the awards across seven categories, with finalists selected by an independent panel of judges based on their outstanding professional accomplishments and community service in a leadership or management role.

“Lenice has given her all to YWCA Tampa Bay ever since she arrived, and we are thrilled that her efforts are being recognized throughout the community and beyond,” said Roslyn Graham, chair of the Board of Directors at YWCA Tampa Bay.

Also representing the YWCA at the ceremony was YWCA USA CEO Dara Richardson-Heron M.D., who inspired the sold-out audience of over 500 area business leaders with a powerful message that shed light on gender and racial inequities that persist in both the workplace and our society.

“I am humbled to be named the Chamber's Non-Profit Woman of the Year and even more grateful that hundreds of professionals in the Tampa Bay area had the opportunity to hear Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. so eloquently address the important issues affecting women and minorities,” said Emanuel. “The outpouring of support the YWCA Tampa Bay continues to receive from the community has been overwhelming, which underscores the need for programs and services that support today’s women, families and children."

Proceeds from the event will help raise awareness of the Chamber of Commerce’s involvement throughout the business community, including their support of women who are respected business leaders.
YWCA Tampa Bay has been a steady force for women, children and families in St. Petersburg since its establishment in 1919. In the last year, YWCA Tampa Bay added two new initiatives: Community Conversations, offered through the Institute for Social Justice, and the Women’s Economic Empowerment Program.

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