Organizers of the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference announced this week nominations are open for the 2015 Excellence in Advocacy Awards.
The goal of the Awards is to put the spotlight on women dedicated to representing their organization, issue or cause. Elected officials receive awards for everything under the sun but what about the advocates on the other side of the public policy table? “Advocacy can often be a thankless job without immediate results. Yet, there is no more important work we can do and no better way to have a role in the public policy debate” said LeeAnn Petersen, Co-Founder of the PWIA conference and the EIA awards. “The first year we had just 60 nominees. The second year we had 180 nominees. This year – who knows? We want to recognize as many women as we can,” said Petersen.
Award categories include:
Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign
Excellence in a State Issue Campaign
Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women
Excellence in Advocacy by an Up and Coming Practitioner
Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner
Important dates and details for the nominations:
The Bryce Harlow Foundation will coordinate the judging again this year.
There is no cost to nominate someone.
Nominations will be accepted online only at http://womeninadvocacy.com/excellence-in-advocacy-awards-2/. No paper nominations or supporting documents will be accepted.
All nominations must be received by Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – 11:59 PM EDT.
Finalists will be announced on October 7, 2015.
Awardees will be announced at the Excellence in Advocacy Reception & Awards on Monday, November 16, 2015. Finalists will attend the reception on a complimentary basis. The general public may attend for $100.
You do not have to be a PWIA conference attendee or sponsor to nominate or be nominated.
The 2014 honorees were:
Category: Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women
Alexandra Brodsky and Dana Bolger – Founding Co-Directors, Know Your IX (knowyourIX.org)
For educating thousands of college students and working tirelessly to end sexual violence on college campuses.
Category: Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign
Virginia Sloan, President, The Constitution Project
For organizing a successful effort to protect the rights of indigent defendants by restoring funding for federal public defenders.
Category: Excellence in a State Issue Campaign
Lorri Shealy Unumb, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Autism Speaks
For successfully passing landmark “Ryan’s Law” legislation in South Carolina and an additional 35 states, requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for the treatment for autism.
Category: Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner
Donna Rice Hughes, CEO & President, Enough is Enough
For over 20 years of pioneering dedication to making the Internet safer for children and families both in the US and abroad.
Category: Excellence in Advocacy by an Up and Coming Practitioner
Cate McCanless, Senior Policy Advisor, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
For her successful health care policy leadership, effectuating a major policy shift within the Food and Drug Administration regarding anti-obesity medication therapies, and for her commitment to her employer’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.
The Excellence in Advocacy Awards are hosted and produced in conjunction with the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference. The Conference will take place November 16-17 at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington DC. The registration fee to attend is $425 and includes two days of educational programming plus breakfast and lunch both days. Sponsorships are available. Please visit www.womeninadvocacy.com for more information.