Outstanding Women Leaders

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The Outstanding Women Leaders program will mark its 16th annual event on Thursday, March 21, 2019. The event is the "brainchild" of Mayor Pro Tem Vivian H. Burke to honor trail blazing women in our community. The Outstanding Women Leaders program has previously recognized 142 chief executive officers, doctors, attorneys, and women of numerous professions as an effort to shine a light on the significant contributions made by women leaders in Winston-Salem. Mayor Pro Tem Burke believes in the importance of sharing the stories of individual women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and underpaid.

In 2016 the Mayor and City Council designated a committee to oversee the event; members are: Debra Gunter, Acting Chair;Nan Griswold, Vice Chair; Naomi Jones; Carrie E. Collins.The committee will be recognizing the 2019 slate of outstanding women leaders throughout 2018 during City Council meetings. Thus far the following 2019 honorees have been recognized:

Pamela Anglin, Resource Development Director

Dorothy Bonner, community activist and child care provider

Michelle B. Butt, President and General Manager/WXII and WCWG

Susan Frye, Clerk of Superior Court

Nadiyah Quander, Creative Community Lab & Project Manager for the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA

Rasheeda Shankle, Community Engagement Coordinator - S. G. Atkins CDC

Mamie Sutphin, Director of Community Engagement Programs – Reynolds American

Catrina Thompson, Chief of Police for the Winston-Salem Police Department


The OWL Program Committee will award a $500 Outstanding Women Leaders Scholarship to an outstanding female high school senior from the WS/FC School System. The Outstanding Women Leaders Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor Mayor Pro Tempore and Northeast Ward Council Member Vivian H. Burke, for her forty years of service to the City Council of Winston Salem and the founder of the Outstanding Women Leaders Award in 2003.
Scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding performance in academics, leadership, integrity, school service, community involvement and who show compassionate towards others in their daily lives. Scholarships may be used for the cost of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board and other college expenses.


  • Be a resident of Forsyth County
  • A high school senior
  • Outstanding performance in academics, leadership, integrity, school service, community involvement, and show compassion towards others
  • Maintain an unweighted 2.5 GPA
  • Enroll in the "It's My Call/It's Our Call" alcohol and drug screening program
  • Complete 8 hours of community service
  • Attend a college fair
  • Not participate in any type of bullying- verbal, physical, or cyber
  • Contribute to a cooperative school environment
  • Complete a 250 word essay on assigned topic
  • Accepted at a community college or 4-year institution
  • Attend personal interview with the Outstanding Women Leaders Committee if chosen as a finalist

If you would like more information about the grant, please fill out the following information:

OWL Scholarship Information Form

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