To quote the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
In Year Two of our Virginia Business Women in Leadership Awards, we received more than 300 nominations — exceeding last year’s nominations by more than 100 — making it even more difficult to choose our honorees from among a host of qualified executives. Ultimately, we selected 42 women leaders from large, midsize and small businesses and nonprofit organizations across Virginia to honor in 2022.
This year’s winners include executives in traditionally male-dominated industries — engineering, construction and maritime — as well as fields encountering staffing or financial challenges, such as health care and higher education. Some of these leaders have overcome challenges to achieve success, and all this year’s winners have made time for mentoring other women along the way, making sure that the doors they’ve walked through remain open to future generations.
To qualify, nominees must be based in Virginia and hold C-suite or equivalent positions at for-profit businesses, nonprofits or educational institutions. In deciding our winners, Virginia Business’ editor and publishers considered overall career accomplishments, community engagement and mentoring work with women and girls. We divided the list by workforce size — small employers of 99 or fewer employees, midsize employers of 100 to 499 people and large employers of 500 or more workers. Past winners were not eligible for consideration.
We congratulate this year’s field of honorees and look forward to recognizing a new crop of women leaders in 2023.