- Atima Omara, Deborah Tompkins Johnson, Lucy Bowen McCauley honored
- Marjorie Signer honored for Lifetime Achievement
- Women leaders recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to improving lives of Arlington residents
- Public invited to reception April 29, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) today announced the honorees of the 2014 Arlington County Women of Vision from three sectors:
- Atima Omara is a political strategist and activist, whose writings on women's political leadership, health care and communities of color have been featured in several national publications. In 2013, she was elected as National President of the Young Democrats of America (YDA), the first African American President in the organization's 81-year history. (Government sector honoree)
- Deborah Tompkins Johnson is a widely recognized businesswoman and writer, who inspires women to become thinkers, leaders and visionaries in their careers and family lives. Ms. Johnson is Regional Manager of External Affairs for Dominion Resources Services, Inc. She has been active on a number of boards, including James Madison University Board of Visitors, Prince William County Historic Preservation Foundation, Potomac Hospital, Dominion Credit Union, Prince William County Public Schools Education Foundation and Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce. (Business sector honoree)
- Lucy Bowen McCauley is a distinguished businesswoman and community activist who demonstrates how dance impacts people from all walks of life. As Founder and Artistic Director of Arlington's Bowen McCauley Dance (BMD), she has put Arlington on the map as a major center for dance and has inspired countless girls and women through her enthusiasm for the art form. (Nonprofit sector honoree)
Lifetime Achievement Honoree
The Commission on the Status of Women also honored Marjorie Signer with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Signer is a lifelong community and political advocate and leader. She has empowered and inspired communities across the world to fight for the rights of all people.
Ms. Signer has worked with the Virginia NOW (National Organization for Women) since 2005, when she joined as State President. In 2009, she took on her current role as Legislative Vice-President, a role she still holds today. From 2005-2010, she served on the Virginia Council on the Status of Women, having been appointed by both Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. A dedicated voice for girls and women for almost three decades, Ms. Signer continues to exemplify what it truly means to lead and live by example.
Awards Ceremony April 29
The public is invited to the award ceremony on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., which features a keynote address from former Virginia Senator Mary Margaret Whipple.
Women of Vision Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Arlington Economic Development
1100 North Glebe Road, Suite 1500, Arlington, VA
Tickets are not required, but a $25 donation per person is requested and sponsorship packages are available to support the work of the Commission on the Status of Women. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the County website, or contact Anna Maynard, CSW staff liaison, at 703-228-7096 or email@example.com.
About the Women of Vision Awards
Women of Vision awards are presented each year by the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women as part of the celebration of Women's History Month. The awards are given to individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to women's issues and have, over time, developed and communicated their vision for women and engaged community members and other leaders to realize this vision.
The award originated in 1988 to honor women and men from the community who have made outstanding contributions toward improving the lives of women and girls in Arlington. Each year, since 1998, the Commission honors women who are recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to improving the lives of, and opportunities for, Arlington residents, especially women. Award recipients must live, work, or volunteer in Arlington.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) works to advance initiatives and policies that empower women and serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women. The CSW is an Arlington County Board advisory group and members are appointed by the County Board.