Women of Distinction Rules, Disclaimers & FAQs

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Disclaimers and Rules

  • At the time of nomination, the nominee must live, work, or volunteer in the Dane County Area.
  • Incomplete packets will not be considered.
  • Nominations made by an immediate family member (parent, child, or partner) will not be considered.
  • The committee does no further research on the nominee.
  • The nomination will be kept active and on file for two years. Nominators are encouraged to update the nomination annually by adding current activities and achievements of the nominee.
  • We cannot consider a candidate if she is seeking elected office this year. The nomination will be kept on file for the following year if she is no longer in the election process.
  • YWCA Madison staff/sub-contractors, current board members, and Women of Distinction committee members are not eligible to receive the Women of Distinction Leadership Award, nor may these individuals nominate a Woman of Distinction or write letters of support.
  • Submissions become the property of YWCA Madison and will not be returned.
  • A panel of community members and YWCA Madison board members reviews all complete nomination packets. All results and nomination materials are confidential.
  • Award recipients will be notified of their selection once the YWCA Madison board of directors has approved the panel of honorees.
  • Not all categories will be represented in a given year as we can only honor six women.

Nominations for the 2023 Women of Distinction Leadership Awards are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023.
Nomination Form Support Form

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nomination Process