Influential Women Inspire, Amaze

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It is with great excitement that we announce in this issue, during Women’s History Month, the results of our inaugural Prince William Living Influential Women Awards. Reading the dozens of nominations was humbling, as we learned about some of the amazing ways that women in our community are breaking barriers and changing lives.

From this impressive group, we selected five visionary leaders, whom we profile in our feature story, on page 4, by Cindy Brookshire. Learn how these exceptional women are making a positive difference in our community.

Then, call it coincidence or fate, but our March “On a High Note,” on page 10, features the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at Woodbridge Senior High School, which happens to be home base for one of our Influential Women Award winners. Writer Helena Tavares Kennedy looks at how the specialty program’s educators create Prince William’s own “FAME” environment for talented area students.

Also, discover three organizations that are cultivating the next generation of strong female leaders. In “Family Fun,” on page 18, Kristina Schnack Kotlus spotlights these programs that foster excellence in our area’s young women.

Speaking of spotlights, this month we talk to two women business owners who have each shined positive attention on Prince William through their successes. In “Taking Care of Business,” on page 16, Amanda Causey sits down with internationally recognized dog breeder and trainer Megan Judge, owner of Haus Juris German Shepherds in Nokesville. Find out what it took for this entrepreneur to rise to the top of a historically male-dominated field, as she brought German Shepherd European breeding standards to the U.S.

In “Destinations,” on page 12 “think spring” as Michelle Hurrell introduces us to Burnside Farms owner Leslie Dawley. Along with her son, Dawley works tirelessly to plant tens of thousands of flower bulbs for “Holland in Haymarket,” considered the largest pick-your-own tulip event in North America. You’ll also find plenty of spring fun listed on the calendar, on page 30, and even more online at


Rebecca Barnes

Prince William Living Publisher


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