Outstanding women nominees sought for awards ceremony

By Edith Torres….
Miami-Dade County is seeking outstanding women nominees for the 23rd annual In the Company of Women Awards Ceremony, which will take place on Mar. 31, 2011. Nominations must be postmarked by Friday, Dec. 10.

The award spotlights the accomplishments of outstanding professional female community leaders in 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;

• Outstanding Woman in Health and Human Services;

• Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology;

• Outstanding Woman in Sports and Athletics;

• Mayor’s Pioneer Award;

• Community Spirit Award, and
• Posthumous Award.

Nominees in each category must meet the eligibility criteria reflecting continued accomplishments in the following five areas: Professional Development, Community Responsibility, Leadership and Vision, Contribution to Women’s Progress, and Promotion of Pluralism.

The Mayor’s Pioneer Award honors one woman who has proven leadership, creativity, and vision in addressing community issues and advancing the status of women in Miami-Dade County for at least the past 10 years. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez will present the Mayor’s Pioneer Award during the ceremony to the winner of this category.

The Community Spirit Award recognizes an outstanding woman who, through volunteerism and service, has made a difference within the community. No specific professional background is required for this nomination.

The Posthumous Award is in honor of a woman who has passed away and recognizes her accomplishments within Miami-Dade County.

A committee of community leaders will review nomination forms in order to determine the nominee’s eligibility. 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 placed on overall involvement in the community and women’s progress. Appointees from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez’s office will review nominations for the Mayor’s Pioneer Award.

Nominators are required to complete the nomination form and submit nine copies of the form along with nine photocopies of supporting materials including any newspaper or magazine articles about the nominee, if available.

For the Mayor’s Pioneer Award, only three photocopies of the nomination form are required, along with three photocopies of recommendation letters from three individuals, not including the nominator, and any supporting materials including newspaper or magazine articles.

Nominations that fail to include these items and/or do not meet the application deadline will be disqualified automatically. Nominations will not be accepted via email.

Nomination forms and instructions can be located on the Miami-Dade Parks website at www.miamidade.gov/parks/women.asp. Completed forms must be mailed to Laura Morilla, executive director, Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, 111 NW First St., Suite 660, Miami, FL 33128.

Past recipients of the In the Company award are not eligible. A list of past award winners is also available at www.miamidade.gov/parks/women.asp.

For more information and/or to request a nomination packet, call Laura Morilla at the Commission for Women, 305-375-4967.

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