Thank you for selecting to nominate an outstanding woman for the Greater Stark County Athena International Leadership Award. Your nominee will be in the company of others across the world being considered for this prestigious recognition. There are a few things you should be aware of as a nominator. They will help guide your submission and provide you with understanding of the process and ultimately, the outcome.
First, no one is an Athena “winner”. To be a Finalist is to have “won”. From the Finalists, a Recipient is named. It is important to understand this because it is truly a privilege to be considered for this prestigious honor. There are no winners or losers.
What makes the Athena different from other awards is that while nominees are judged on their accomplishments within their respective professions and their communities, what sets this award apart is based on what they have done to bring women along on their paths through life. It is incumbent for you as their nominator to make the case that your candidate has worked to provide support, mentoring, advancement opportunities, etc. to females from young girls to accomplished professionals alike. Some examples include having spearheaded a committee to advance women at their workplace, being the first female in their organization to hold a certain position of significance or being the first woman to lead an organization such as Rotary. Perhaps they have formally or informally been a mentor or has been a Girl Scout leader. Or maybe your candidate is on a Board or serves on a committee for a female-serving organization. These are the kind of things that set one Finalist apart from the rest so be mindful of this in particular as you write your submission. We all know of amazingly accomplished people who have done so much within their organizations and community, but going that extra mile for women is the defining attribute for being an Athena.
You are welcome and encouraged to have support documentation for your nominee’s various accomplishments. Copies of press coverage, newsletter articles, event programs, etc. all help round out your nominee for consideration. We ask that do not submit the actual new clipping, program booklet, etc. Rather, please make copies of these items and attach them to your submission.
Once your nomination is received the Nominations Chairperson reviews it and may call you with questions so it is important that every field is completed. The nominations are then complied into books and the judging begins. Please note that all Finalists will be video taped as part of the presentation.
We hope this summary provides inspiration to help you write an outstanding nomination for your outstanding woman! Thank you for your submission to the Greater Stark County Athena International Leadership Award.