Organizers of the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference this week announced judges for the Excellence in Advocacy Awards have narrowed down a field of 130 nominees to just 15 finalists. The goal of the Awards is to put the spotlight on women dedicated to representing their organization, issue or cause.
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
For a complete list of the nominees please click here.
For a complete list of the finalists please see the list attached or click here.
Important dates and details for the nominations:
One honoree per category, selected from the field of finalists will be announced at the Excellence in Advocacy Reception and Awards on Monday, November 16, 2015, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Marriott Metro Center, Washington, D.C. Nominees and finalists may attend the reception on a complimentary basis. Their friends, colleagues and the general public may attend for $100 and can register at www.womeninadvocacy.com
The Bryce Harlow Foundation is assisting with judging again this year.
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. Sponsorship opportunities are available for both the conference and the EIA awards and reception. Please visit www.womeninadvocacy.com for more information.
EXCELLENCE IN ADVOCACY RECEPTION AND AWARDS
EXCELLENCE IN A FEDERAL ISSUE CAMPAIGN
Senior Director, Government Relations
American Iron and Steel Institute, Leveling the Playing Field Act and Trade Promotion Authority
For her efforts to raise the voice and level the playing field for the steel industry and its hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs in the Congressional vote on Trade Promotion Authority.
Shari M. Erickson
Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Medical Practice
American College of Physicians, Enactment of Legislation to Fundamentally Reform Medicare Payments to Support High-Value Primary Care
For bringing about fundamental changes in how Medicare pays for primary care, as embodied in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), signed into law in April 2015.
Madison Services Group, Inc., Improving Access to Federal Contracting Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses
For her perseverance and leadership in advocating for the economic power of women-owned small businesses, including her role in the recent passage of legislation providing sole source authority and a new disparity study for expanding the Women-Owned Small Business Procurement Program.
EXCELLENCE IN A STATE ISSUE CAMPAIGN
Sr. Program Manager – Teen Driving Initiative
National Safety Council, National Safety Council Teen Safe Driving Initiative
For leading a successful and widely supported, state-based National Teen Safe Driving Campaign. This effort has impacted the lives of countless American teen drivers with state Graduated Driver Licensing laws, online educational and interactive tools for parents, and research via a partnership with the Allstate Foundation.
Danielle Tharp Clore
Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform Task Force
For raising the consciousness of legislative and executive branch policymakers on the economic impact of Kentucky’s non-profit sector, including passage of legislation creating a Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform Task Force to streamline processes, enhance accountability, and save money.
President & CEO
Goldwater Institute, Right to Try Campaign
For spearheading the Right to Try Initiative, passed in 24 states in less than two years, which gives terminally ill patients access to potentially life-saving medicines.
EXCELLENCE IN A CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN SERVING WOMEN
Senior Human Rights Counsel
Center for Reproductive Rights
Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
NUESTRO TEXAS: COMUNIDAD, SALUD Y FAMILIA
For their collaborative efforts to provide a platform for advocacy and community mobilization with the goal of securing the human right to affordable reproductive health care for all Texans, including Latinas and immigrants.
Director of Advocacy
United Nations Foundation, Girl Up
For her actions to initiate and build support for the passage of the federal Girls Count Act, which supports programs in developing countries to help improve the current 40% rate of birth registration and documentations for all children. This will improve the lives of girls, who without a birth certificate are denied access to government services including education and health services.
EXCELLENCE BY AN UP AND COMING ADVOCATE
Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC
For successfully advocating, at both the state and federal levels of government, on behalf of enhancing early childhood, pre-school, K-12, and urban education opportunities as well as for training advocates across the U.S. for causes that impact our nation’s children.
Policy Organizing Manager
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
For her significant volunteer coordination and chapter engagement success in advocating for gun violence prevention
Dana T. Weekes
Squire Patton Boggs
For her education and higher education policy advocacy leadership, creativity and customer-focus on behalf of her clients, her firm, and the community.
EXCELLENCE BY A VETERAN ADVOCATE
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
For three decades of spearheading life-saving, federal and state highway and auto safety initiatives including safety belt requirements, child restraint and motorcycle helmet use, impaired and distracted driving penalties, and rearview camera vehicle safety.
Verna L. Jones
The American Legion
For honorable military and civilian service to our nation and as an advocate impacting millions of veterans on issues such as military transition, employment, disability, access to Veterans Administration healthcare, and federal and state benefits.
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy
For her lifelong commitment to advancing healthcare issues in the best interest of patients and America’s healthcare system, including patient access to medications, reform of long-term and post acute care services, and on behalf of chain drug stores, managed care groups, hospitals, and medical technology industries.