The women and men who have received the Outstanding Leader Awards over the past 50 years are considered our Leadership Academy. These individuals serve as role models for women aspiring to personal and professional success, as well as a commitment to racial justice. Since 1972, more than 350 women have been honored by the YWCA. In 2009, the YWCA added the Outstanding Mentor Award and opened the category to include qualified men who have demonstrated a commitment to the mentorship of women.