Richmond nonprofits receive national award for women’s advancement

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Two Richmond companies have been named as top 10 nonprofits for executive women.

Both VCU Health System and Bon Secours Virginia Health System in Richmond were named as top 10 nonprofits for executive women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). It was the fifth time VCU Health Systems has received the honor from NAFE, and the fifth consecutive year that Bon Secours has received the honor.

The award recognizes organizations whose policies and practices encourage women’s advancement and whose numbers at the highest levels of leadership demonstrate that commitment. To be declared a NAFE winner, companies must have at least two women on the board and track gender in profit and loss jobs.

VCU Health Systems’ partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Richmond in June 2010 added three new female executives to the company’s ranks, according to Maria A. Curran, chief human resource officer for the company.

According to a statement from Bon Secours, about 85 percent of the company’s more than 7,100 employees are women, and 14 of its 35 corporate executives are women.

NAFE will honor the Top 50 Companies (both VCU and Bon Secours also were named to this group) and 10 Nonprofits for executive women at a luncheon in New York City on March 25. According to the organization its top companies list shows that women executives run 23 percent of operations that generate more than $1 billion in revenue.

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