YWCA Madison

Women of Distinction Leadership Awards

Women of Distinction Leadership Awards

Women of Distinction Leadership Awards

 

 


Honoring Today's Leaders

The YWCA Madison presents the Women of Distinction Leadership Awards to women who represent outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor. Women of Distinction’s achievements are supportive of the YWCA’s work to close the leadership gap and support equity for all. The 2017 Women of Distinction Leadership Award recipients are Gina Carter, Deidre Green, Sherry Lucille, Stephanie Nash, Corinda Rainey-Moore, and Mary Strickland. Awards will be presented during the Moxie Conference on May 23, 2017.

 

Registration is now closed for the Moxie Conference, featuring the Women of Distinction Leadership Awards.

 

 

Event Details

Moxie Conference, featuring the Women of Distinction Leadership Awards presentation
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Monona Terrace
8:00a to 4:00p
Awards Presentation: 11:30a to 1:30p

Women of Distinction Leadership Award Criteria

The Women of Distinction Leadership Awards are presented to women who . . .

  • exhibit leadership in their fields of expertise
  • serve as role models and/or mentors to other women and girls
  • advocate for positive social change that helps close the leadership gap and create a more equitable society
  • demonstrate a commitment to the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women
  • have earned respect within their communities
  • support policies, practices, attitudes, and/or actions that are intended to produce equitable outcomes for all
  • give back to the community through their time, talent, and/or resources
  • live, work or volunteer in Dane County

Women of Distinction Leadership Award Categories

The YWCA Madison presents the Women of Distinction Leadership Awards to women who represent outstanding achievement in their field of endeavor. Awards are presented to women who represent diversity of race, age, occupation, and endeavor. To ensure that a diverse group of honorees are selected, we ask that nominators select a category in which the honoree should be considered. These categories are described in detail on the nomination form. While not all categories will be represented in a given year as we can only honor six women, nominees will be considered in all categories.

Selection Process

Women of Distinction Leadership Award recipients are selected by a committee of community leaders and YWCA board members who meet to consider nominations and make the final selections. Awardees and their nominators were notified of selection in early March. YWCA also notified the nominators of non-selected candidates. Nominees who are not selected during the first year they are nominated will be automatically considered for a second year.

Event History and Past Award Recipients

The Women of Distinction event began in 1974, when Louise Marston Conklin, a longtime editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, retired and decided to turn her retirement celebration into a benefit for the YWCA, on whose board she then served. Since that time, we have recognized more than 195 Women of Distinction. In addition to recognizing outstanding women leaders, the event also raises money to support YWCA programming throughout the year through corporate sponsorship and event ticket sales.

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2016 Women of Distinction Committee

Brenda González, co-chair, Group Health Cooperative of South-Central Wisconsin
Beth Norman, co-chair, RBC

Diane Ballweg, Community Volunteer
Kimila Daniels, Unity Health Insurance
Courtney Davidson, QBE North America
Anne Hartwig, Becker Law Offices
Alicia Hazen, UW Madison College of Engineering
Janice Hughes, Community Volunteer
Jackie Hunt, Journey Mental Health
Elizabeth Katt-Reinders, Clean Lakes Alliance
Eric Kestin, Madison Metropolitan School District
Ananda Mirilli, Madison Metropolitan School District
Dessa Mueller, American Family Insurance
Vera Riley, Community Volunteer
Lauren Rock, United Way of Dane County
Melissa Scholz, Scholz Non-Profit Law
Martha Vukelich-Austin, co-chair, Community Volunteer

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Letter Concerning Reimbursement of Chief Koval

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Letter Opposing AB 238, 240, and 242

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Letter Supporting funding of the Legal Services Corporation

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2017 Moxie Conference Speakers

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Racial Justice Summit 2017

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