“There are so many women in local government who are leading their organizations and their colleagues with courage and distinction. We wanted a way to acknowledge their efforts," said Ashley Jacobs, President of the League. “We hope the award will not only spotlight the nominees and winner, but also honor the valuable work of all women in our profession.”
Nominations for this award are submitted by local government professionals who would like to see a dedicated colleague recognized on a national scale. A panel of judges from LWG and NRC will review each nomination and select the final winner. This year’s award recipient will also be the first person inducted into the LWG Hall of Fame.
“To win this award means that you've not only had a big impact on the community you've served, but also on your organization, and other women whom you've mentored and helped succeed,” said award judge and NRC survey researcher Damema Mann. “Women still make up less than 20 percent of executive level local government staff. It's important to salute the accomplishments they have made, and their work in blazing the trail for future female leaders.”
“NRC President Dr. Tom Miller, and the entire team, has supported the League since our creation. It is no surprise that they are sponsoring the premiere Leadership Trailblazer Award,” said Pamela Antil, CAO of the League. “We are grateful for NRC’s continuing support of the League’s mission to advance and recognize women in local government.”
The first ever Leadership Trailblazer Award will be presented at the 3rd Annual League of Women in Government Symposium (in conjunction with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Conference) at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, September 22nd.