Riisa Rawlins, interim chief executive officer of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, quoted the remarkable Maya Angelou in her keynote address at the 2024 Women Trailblazer Awards at the University of Missouri–St. Louis last week.

“I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.”

Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman

Since its inception in 1995, the Women Trailblazer Awards recognize UMSL women who have pioneered novel paths for women and made substantial contributions to both the university and the broader St. Louis community. Administered by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, these annual awards are integral to the university’s Women’s History Month initiatives.

“We have an opportunity to celebrate some phenomenal women that are walking amongst us that have blazed trails and continue to create opportunity and inspiration for those who follow.”

Riisa Rawlins, Keynote Address at the UMSL Women Trailblazer Awards

(Photo by Derik Holtmann)

For more information on the event and the recipients of the awards, visit this article by UMSL Daily or click the button below!

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