Ramunda Lark Young is a Connection Strategist, SocialPreneur, community advocate and passionate leader. She and her husband Derrick, are the owners and co-founders of the nationally recognized, MahoganyBooks. A bookstore focused on books for, by, and about people of the African Diaspora in Washington, DC. Young has successfully worked with celebrity authors like ballet icon Misty Copeland, R&B legend Charlie Wilson, Civil Rights leader Congressman John Lewis, award winning actor Omar Epps and countless others.
Recognized as a book industry leader for more than a decade, Young is a sought-after speaker, workshop presenter and panelist who speaks on the critical importance of building business relationships, self-esteem, and literacy in the community.
Young is also the founder and Chief Encouragement Officer of Ramunda Young, Inc. – a company dedicated to Encouraging Extraordinary Women to SOAR – Surpass Obstacles and Rise! Built on the principal that women can exceed beyond their expectations when given the proper tools to build authentic business relationships, Young has dedicated her life to equipping women for success through speaking at conferences, personal coaching, masterclasses and more. Her passion for strengthening women began in college when she founded the Langston University Section of the National Council of Negro Women, LU NCNW. That inaugural year, LU NCNW was the largest organization on campus numbering close to 200 women at its first meeting. Focused on community service, sisterhood and empowerment, the organization remains at Langston over two decades later. For years, Young has been engaged in successfully connecting women and identifying strategies that allow them to fully live out loud in every facet of their life.
Young is a proud community leader who currently serves as Vice Chair of the Prince William County Human Rights Commission and on several boards including Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation and is Vice Chair of the Prince William Chamber Education & Innovation Committee. She has been named to the Root 100 list of Most Influential African Americans (2018) and featured in Essence Magazine, Vanity Fair, the Washington Post and other publications. She was also named Commissioner of the Year in 2015 by the Virginia Association of Human Rights and Most Influential by Prince William Living Magazine. Ms. Young graduated from Langston University in Oklahoma with a degree in Business and is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, and Leadership Prince William’s Class of 2014 where she now serves on its Board of Regents.
She and her husband are excited parents of a precocious teen named Mahogany.
Awards & Recognition:
- 2019 – Spectrum Circle Award Winner – Innovation in Business
- 2019 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Community Pearl Honoree (Omicton Phi Zeta Chapter)
- 2018 – The Root 100 Honoree– Top Most Influential African Americans in the nation
- 2017 – National Coalition of 100 Black Women (Prince William) Courageous Generational Leadership Award
- 2017 – Langston University Women Leadership Honoree
- 2016- Most Influential Women of Prince William County (Prince William Living Magazine)
- 2015 – Commissioner of the Year – Virginia Association of Human Rights
- 2014 – emPower Player of the Year by emPower Magazine