A First Lady’s Leadership Journey

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A First Lady’s Leadership Journey

In this episode of Her Story, Suzanne Youngkin, First Lady of Virginia and Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic discuss the importance of sisterhood and leadership, and…
March 15, 2023

A First Lady’s Leadership Journey

Meet Our Guest: 

Suzanne S. Youngkin is the First Lady of Virginia and wife of Governor Glenn Youngkin. In addition to supporting her husband’s campaign, her initiative Strengthen the Spirit of Virginia’s Women+girls (W+g) focuses her time and travels on supporting public and private sector efforts to improve overall well-being, with special attention to the unprecedented increase in drug overdose, as well as accelerating workforce preparedness. Mrs. Youngkin continues to serve as President of the Phos Foundation and engage in an array of nonprofit activities while managing the affairs of a small equine farm in Northern Virginia. Married for almost 29 years, the couple has four children and are founding and active members of Holy Trinity Church (HTC) in McLean, Virginia.

Key Insights: 

Suzanne Youngkin discusses her early days as First Lady of Virginia and shares her stance on the importance of women’s sisterhood and leadership.


First Days as First Lady. As First Lady, Suzanne has focused on empowering women and building a sisterhood of support for women in Virginia. She has spoken at events and worked to create opportunities for women to connect and collaborate, both within Virginia and across the country.

Sisterhood. Women are looking for a place to come together, join forces and problem-solve. COVID-19 highlighted the critical importance of sisterhood and fellowship because women felt a responsibility at home and in their communities.

Celebrate the Small Things. Suzanne addresses the challenges faced by younger women, suggesting that setting realistic expectations and celebrating small accomplishments are key to making a difference in the world.


This episode is hosted by Nancy Howell Agee. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Her Story and President and Chief Executive Officer of Carilion Clinic.

Relevant Links: 

Read more about Suzanne Youngkin

Strengthen the Spirit of Virginia’s Women and Girls

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