Honoring Alamance County’s Outstanding Women Leaders

The Founders’ Awards are given by the Women’s Resource Center in Alamance County to female leaders who demonstrate the characteristics of our founding members by providing outstanding contributions in the areas of mentoring, community development, philanthropy, and business.

Rising Star Awards will be given to the most deserving nominees under age 40.











We are pleased to announce the nominees for the

2021 Founders’ and Rising Star Awards!

Congratulations to all these deserving nominees who are Leading the Way in Alamance County!

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Criteria for Nomination

Nominees must be women who reside in or provide leadership in Alamance County.  Weight will be placed on involvement and impact in the local Alamance County community.

Current WRC Board & Staff members are not eligible. Previous Founders’ Award winners and previous Rising Star Award winners are not eligible to receive the same award again.

Eligible nominees will exhibit one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Mentoring: participation in formal or informal activities that develop, support and advise women, and/or encourage community involvement;
  • Community Development: participation in local civic organizations, charitable activities, political pursuits, chambers of commerce, etc.
  • Philanthropy: contributions of time, materials, and/or money benefiting the local community;
  • Business:  contributions in their workplace and/or profession/industry

The nominee must be able to attend the Founders’ Award Ceremony ‘Leading the Way Event’ on November 4th, 2021.

We are accepting nominations! Full packets due: 9/30/2021

Nomination Criteria and Procedure 2021, LTW Nominee Questionnaire 2021, LTW Nomination Form 2021


Nomination Procedure

Nomination period is September 1st – September 30th, 2021.

Nominations may be submitted by WRC members and non-members alike. Self-nominations are welcome. No one knows your accomplishments better than you and we do not publicize the nominator in any way.

Duplicate entries will not improve a candidate’s odds of selection.

The nominations may be submitted via mail to: Susan Watson, 411-B West Fifth Street, Burlington 27215 or by email to director@wrcac.org.

All nominations must include the following:

  • A completed packet including the following:
  • LTW Nomination Form 2021
  • LTW Nominee Questionnaire 2021
  • 1 letter of support and up to 2 additional letters demonstrating how the nominee meets the award criteria (see table on back of nomination form for examples)
  • A resume
  • One head shot and brief bio

Completed nomination packets must be received by 9/30/2021.

2020 Celebration

Congratulations to our winners!

Founders’ Award Winner: Cathy Dusenberry
Rising Star: Dejuana Warren-Bigelow

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

Visionary Sponsor : Labcorp

Sustaining Sponsors :  Cone Health, Impact Alamance, Wal-Mart Supply Chain

Supporting Sponsor : Glen Raven

Copper Sponsors : Alamance Community College, Karen & Henry Carrouth, Triad Financial Advisors

Brass Sponsor: Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts


Contact Susan Watson at director@wrcac.org for 2021 sponsorship opportunities.