“Our research shows women still experience barriers to leadership positions in the local government workplace,” said Polco Communications and Marketing Director Angelica Wedell. “Winning this award means you’ve made a big impact on your community, your organization, and other women whom you’ve helped succeed.”
Nominations are submitted by local government professionals who would like to see a deserving colleague recognized on a national scale. A panel of judges from the LWG and Polco will review each nomination and select the final winner.
“When I started working in government, the number of women who were city managers in the US, according to ICMA data, was 13%. Twenty years later, it was still 13%. That was in 2011. In Illinois, we were at 11%," said 2022 winner Anne Marie Gaura. "I'm proud to say that because of a collective of things happening in society, as of today, 28% of the managers in Illinois are women. So it’s very exciting to see that number."