Nominations open for In the Company of Women Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 27th annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony scheduled for Mar. 5, 2015, at the Coral Gables Country Club, as part of Women’s History Month.

New this year, the nomination package can all be done online through the event’s website making it easier and more accessible. However, nomination forms still can be printed out and mailed with all the supporting documents as instructed on the nomination form. Deadline for nominations is Oct. 10.

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 Department, In the Company of Women recognizes 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;
Outstanding Woman in Governmentand Law — 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, and
The Posthumous Award.

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 nominate a woman online, or download the nomination form for mailing, visit 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. Nomination packages must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 10.

A committee of community leaders reviews the 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. The selection committee also reviews the nominations for Mayor’s Pioneer Award and provides recommendations to appointees from Miami- Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’s office, who then choose the winner.

Hard-copy nomination packages must include the completed nomination form and photocopies of all supporting documents, such as resume, letters of recommendation, and newspaper or magazine articles about the nominee. Each packet must include nine complete sets of everything submitted for review. Nominations submitted online must include one of each of the same supporting documents listed above.
Any nominations that fail to include the above-mentioned items and/or do not meet the application deadline will be automatically disqualified. Nominations will not be accepted via email. Past recipients of the In the Company of Women award are not eligible for nomination.

For information and for a list of past award recipients, go to or contact Laura Morilla at 305-375- 4967, email

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