Outstanding Women Leaders Program Committee


  • 3 p.m.
  • 3rd Monday of every month


Method of Appointment

The members of the Advisory Committee are appointed by the City Council upon the recommendation of the Mayor Pro Tempore.

Number & Terms of Office

Five members are elected and they serve a 3-year term of office.

Chief Staff Person

Carolyn Smith
Phone: 336-692-8810

Current Membership

Debra Gunter, ChairBlack FemaleDecember 2021
Nan Griswold, Vice ChairWhite FemaleDecember 2022
Carrie E CollinsWhite FemaleDecember 2022

Melinda Hash
Black Female
December 2022

Purpose / Function

The Advisory Committee is charged with the responsibility of developing a selection criteria for honorees of Outstanding Women Leaders award; select outstanding women leaders who exemplify leadership characteristics and have made significant contributions to the Winston-Salem community; plan an annual event which recognizes the selected recipients; secure sponsorship for the event; and select the venue, entertainment, and food for the event.

Authority for Creation

The Outstanding Women Leaders Program Committee was established by a resolution adopted by the City Council on April 18, 2016.