In the Company of Women Awards nominations open

Nominations now are being accepted for the 26th annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony scheduled for Mar. 13, 2014, during Women’s History Month.

Hosted by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade — in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces — In the Company of Women will recognize women who have shown professional development, community responsibility, contribution to women’s progress, leadership and vision, and promotion of pluralism. Nominations of women are being sought for the following categories:

• Outstanding Woman in Arts and Entertainment,

• Outstanding Woman in Business and Economics,

• Outstanding Woman in Communications and Literature,

• Outstanding Woman in Education and Research,

• Outstanding Woman in Government and Law, Elected Non-elected

• Outstanding Woman in Health and Human Services,

• Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology, • Outstanding Woman in Sports and Athletics,

• Community Spirit Award,

• The Mayor’s Pioneer Award,

• The Posthumous Award, and

• The Young Professional Award.

New this year is the category of Young Professional for an outstanding woman age 30 and under who exemplifies all of the characteristics required above, but who, because of her age may not have as many years of experience within her profession.

The Community Spirit Award recognizes an outstanding woman who, through volunteering, has made a difference within the community. No professional background is required.

The Mayor’s Pioneer Award honors a trailblazer who has proven leadership, creativity, and vision in addressing community issues and advancing the status of women in Miami-Dade County. The Posthumous Award is in honor of a woman who has passed away and recognizes her contribution within Miami-Dade County.

To download the nomination form, visit < women.asp>. Completed forms must be mailed to Laura Morilla, executive director, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, 111 NW First St., Suite 1034, Miami, FL, 33128. Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 11.

A committee of community leaders will review nomination forms in order to determine the nominee’s eligibility and to choose the final awardees. Emphasis will be placed on the nominee’s contribution to women’s progress in her profession/area of interest. For the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, emphasis will be on overall involvement in the community and women’s progress. Appointees from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez office will review the nominations for the Mayor’s Pioneer Award.

Nominations must include the completed nomination form and photocopies of any newspaper or magazine articles about the nominee, if available. Each packet must include nine complete sets of information.

If nominating for the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, submit only three copies of following: the nomination form, photocopies of recommendation letters from three individuals, (not including the nominator), and any supporting materials including newspaper or magazine articles.

Any nominations that fail to include the previously mentioned items and/or do not meet the application deadline will be disqualified automatically. Nominations will not be accepted via email. Past recipients of the In the Company of Women award are not eligible to be nominated.

For more information and for a list of past award recipients, go online at < sp> or contact Laura Morilla by phone at 305-375-4967 or send email to <>.

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