EmilyCroppedThe Emily Couric Leadership Forum: honoring Emily Couric's contributions to our community by encouraging all women to adopt an active role in government, public issues, and policy debates affecting their communities, and to inspire young women to pursue activities which will empower them to become effective leaders.

Where Are They Now?

Past Winners:

Ayoade Balogun

Ayoade is a freshman at Stanford University.  She is a member of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and plays in the... Read more »

2018 Luncheon Photos

THANK YOU for coming to the Emily Couric
Leadership Forum's 18th Annual

Emily Couric Leadership Luncheon

Please join in congratulating MEG RICHEY, from Western Albemarle High School, for winning the top award of a $30,000 scholarship

And the

2018 Women's Leadership Award Winner
Emily K. Rafferty

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What is ECLF?


As the holidays approach, and we reflect on the past year, we are grateful for the continued support of our donors whose sponsorships and gifts allow the Emily Couric Leadership Forum to provide college scholarships to young women leaders in our community. This year we awarded $85,000 to ten high school seniors to help them with the next step on their educational journey.

This year's winner, Meg Richey, is attending Stanford University. She already has a patent pending for her invention called the Morris Orthotic, named in honor of her beloved school bus driver, Mr. Morris. Mr. Morris died after his foot was amputated due to a diabetic ulcer. Meg's device could become the standard of care to help prevent amputations and deaths from diabetic foot ulcers. Meg has already studied computer science at Oxford and taught herself to code in the 9thgrade. She is dismayed that only 18% of the computer science degrees go to women. Meg plans to focus her career on technological innovations while also advocating for women's rights.

As 2018 comes to a close, we want to say THANK YOU for your generous support without which we would be unable to help further the educational and career goals of some very special young women. Wishing you a very Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at our annual Emily Couric Leadership Luncheon in 2019 and to introducing you to a new group of outstanding young women.

With much appreciation,
Colette Sheehy
Chair, Emily Couric Leadership Forum
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