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Baskerville named ‘Influential Woman of the Year’

Former Virginia Del. Viola Baskerville has been selected as Virginia Lawyers Media’s 2013 Influential Woman of the Year.

Baskerville was elected for the honor by her fellow members of the 2013 class of Influential Women of Virginia. The award was announced Thursday at the annual ceremony in Richmond.

Baskerville is CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, but her accomplishments are numerous.

She is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates. She was Secretary of Administration in the cabinet of former Gov. Tim Kaine. In 2005, she ran for nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia. She was a Fulbright Scholar, a former member of the Richmond city council and a city vice-mayor.

Her signal achievement as a state legislator was the passage of a bill providing scholarships for the so-called “lost generation” of Prince Edward County’s African-American students. Those students were educationally abandoned when the county closed public schools for five years.

The Influential Women program, now in its fifth year, recognizes high-achieving women in the fields of law, health care, business, education and real estate, among others.

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