The Professional Women in Advocacy Conference (PWIA) is pleased to announce nominations for the Excellence in Advocacy Awards will open on June 14, 2018. The awards began in 2013 to coincide with the first Professional Women in Advocacy Conference. The intent of the Awards is to put the spotlight on everyday advocates who dedicate themselves to representing their issue, cause or organization in the public policy arena. PWIA raises the visibility of these women and the work they do by promoting the Awards through advertising, social media and the awards reception itself.
PWIA is not a membership organization so anyone can participate in the EIA awards. Nominations are free and provide great benefits to nominees and their organizations including three months of visibility and promotion; recognition in paid and earned media; discounts to the PWIA conference and EIA Awards Reception and entry into a special community of past EIA nominees impacting public policy. All nominees receive Certificates of Participation. Finalists and Awardees receive handcrafted crystal paperweights or awards along with goody bags filled with complimentary gifts and services to further enhance their professional development. We encourage you to nominate a colleague today at www.womeninadvocacy.com/awards and give them the visibility and recognition they deserve!
Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
Excellence in a State Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a state or local legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women – An effort wherein women advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a problem or opportunity on behalf of other women.
Excellence in Advocacy on a Controversial Issue – An effort wherein an advocate successfully impacted the outcome of a legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on an issue that could be considered controversial, unpopular or inflammatory.
Excellence in Advocacy by an Up and Coming Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for early achievements in her career and potential to be a successful contributor to the field over time.
Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner – Recognizes the advocate for her achievements and contributions to the industry over the course of her career. (Note: In this context Veteran does not necessarily mean military personnel but they have and can certainly be nominated.)
To view a list of previous awardees please visit www.womeninadvocacy.com/awards
Below is the timeline for the 2018 EIA Awards. All nomination information submitted is public and will be used to promote the Awards, the nominees and their organization and/or cause. The first round of judging will be conducted by up to three peer judges per category. Using a scoring system, the peer judges will narrow the field to 3 finalists in each category who will go on to the next round. The second round of judging will be conducted by Board members of the Bryce Harlow Foundation and will determine one awardee in each category.
June 11, 2018 Nomination guidelines released
June 14, 2018 Nominations open
August 15, 2018 Nominations close
August 16, 2018 Nominees announced; first round of judging begins
September 4, 2018 Three finalists in each category announced. Public voting via Twitter opens
September 18, 2018 Public voting via Twitter ends; second round of judging begins
October 9, 2018 Awardees announced at the Excellence in Advocacy Awards Reception
October 10, 2018 Congratulatory ad to Awardees published in the Hill newspaper
PWIA will do it’s best to adhere to this timeline. If dates or deadlines change for any reason, participants will be notified
Attendance to the Excellence in Advocacy Awards
The Excellence in Advocacy Awards Reception will take place the evening of September 9th at the Marriott Metro Center ballroom. EIA Award finalists may attend on a complimentary basis. All nominees who do not advance and their nominators will be extended a 50% discount off attendance. All nominees are also extended discount of $100 off attendance to the PWIA conference which includes admission to the EIA Awards.
Professional Women in Advocacy believes that when women are involved at the highest levels of policy making, everyone benefits. In order to get and keep our seat at the public policy table, we must be equipped to competently and confidently represent our views. The goal of this conference is to provide women in advocacy the information, tools and contacts they need to be successful representatives for their organization, issue or cause. We achieve this by hosting substantive policy discussions, teaching the latest methods and strategies in advocacy and filling the room with network contacts that help attendees do their job at the highest possible level. This conference is perfect for people working in all areas of advocacy including federal, state and local government relations, public affairs, community relations, public policy, legislation, Congressional relations, community activism, political engagement and campaigns.