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The NAWBO Richmond Foundation is responsible for building partnerships, while conducting and supporting various charitable and educational activities of the NAWBO Richmond Chapter.

One of the largest events that the Foundation sponsors, in hand with other corporate partners, is the Women of Excellence Awards.  This annual event honors local women entrepreneurs and their hard work within the Richmond community building businesses and volunteering.  This anticipated event also raises funds to provide qualified speakers at our monthly programs, and support the continued efforts of the NAWBO Richmond Chapter Board.

The Foundation is certified as a 501(c)(3) organization.  Companies and individuals wishing to make tax-deductible contributions to the Foundation may do so with credit card payment via PayPal, or by sending checks, payable to the Richmond NAWBO Foundation, to:  P.O.Box 3632, N. Chesterfield, VA 23235

Board of Directors


Lindsay Shacklette, Real Estate Entrepreneur

Lindsay is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.  At Dominion Payroll, she worked with clients to help manage their employees in all aspects from hire to retire.  Prior to her role with Dominion Payroll she worked at Ernst & Young in their auditing practice and has experience in restaurant accounting.  Lindsay also serves as an ambassador for the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and actively sponsors the Richmond SHRM chapter.  She has served as the WE Awards Chair for two years now and is passionate about working with other strong women in the business community.


Kristy Geiger, Eventive Thinking

Kristy is the Founder and Chief Planning Officer at Eventive Thinking.  Her full-service boutique event planning company focuses on the strategic goals necessary to create a successful event.  She and her team work with businesses, trade associations, and federal organizations to create a custom blueprint to ensure the ideal return on investment for their events.  With over 20 years working in the events industry she has enjoyed countless opportunities planning events for an association, corporation and in higher education before launching her own business 8 years ago.  Kristy became involved with the NAWBO Foundation two years ago while assisting with the annual Women of Excellence event.  Through that involvement, she was anxious to remain active within the NAWBO Richmond Foundation to continue to work and advance her relationships with so many amazing and talented entrepreneurial women throughout the Richmond region.


Julie Hill, Primis Bank

Julie Hill is Senior Vice President of Business Development, a $2.3 billion community bank-targeting small to medium-sized businesses and consumers headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia. She is responsible for the company’s business development, and manages relationships with clients of all sizes.

Under Julie’s direction, Primis Bank provides financial tools, business resources, and education and networking opportunities to currently over 1600 business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Virginia and Maryland. Prior to joining Primis Bank, Julie served 19 years as the Vice President of Business Development for the Retail Merchants Association. In addition to her role as Senior Vice President of Business Development, Julie serves as the past Chair for the National Kidney Foundation of Central Virginia and serves on the Foundation Board for NAWBO Richmond where she serves as the Treasurer. Also, serves on the Woman’s Advisory Board for Girl Scouts. Julie and her husband Richard reside in Mechanicsville, VA.


Dawn Young, Thrive Marketing

Dawn has been connecting people and brands for over 20 years. Her ability to understand your needs and the needs of your customers is unmatched. Her commitment to your success is evident in her incredible attention to detail, and the remarkable accessibility she provides to her clients. 

Dawn served as the Director of Account Services and Business Development for a $12 million regional agency specializing in retail, ļ¬nance, and healthcare. Some of her clients included Sonabank (EVB), Mercedes-Benz, Sheltering Arms, Commonwealth Commercial and Bon Secours Health System.


Maria Tamburri, Dominion Energy

Pia Tamburri is a senior community engagement policy director at Dominion Energy.  In this role, she leads the company’s community engagement efforts across Dominion Energy’s footprint. Before joining Dominion Energy, Maria led global public affairs and crisis management for Allegion, plc. in Carmel, Indiana.  Prior to this role, Maria lived in Stuttgart, Germany where she served as the Chief of Strategic Outreach Initiatives for U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Department of Defense.  From 2001 until 2008, Maria held a variety of roles as a political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush.

Her time in the administration provided her with the opportunity to work as Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Director of Specialty Media and Hispanic spokesperson in the White House Office of Media Affairs.  She also served in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Earlier in her career, Maria worked in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Judiciary Committee and House Government Reform Committee.

Maria is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She also studied Latin American politics at the Universidad de Belgrano in her native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is married to Alexander G. Flakas and has two young daughters.   

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