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Call for Nominations: Deadline January 5th

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The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona is now accepting nominations for the Laura Penny Community Impact Award, which will be presented at our 2018 Annual Luncheon on April 18, 2018. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. MST on January 5, 2018.

The Laura Penny Community Impact Award annually recognizes a woman leader from Southern Arizona. This award focuses on mid-career women, recognizing both their past accomplishments and their potential to create change in the future. Do you know such a woman leader who is making a difference in our community?  A woman in the trenches?  A woman whose work has positively affected the lives of women and girls?  Honor her by nominating her for the Laura Penny Community Impact Award, which will be presented at our 2018 Annual Luncheon on April 18, 2018.

The Laura Penny Community Impact Award was created in recognition of Laura’s incredible accomplishments as the Women’s Foundation’s CEO from 2004-2014.

Award Criteria

The Award honors a mid-career woman whose actions and accomplishments meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated a commitment to equality and dedication to furthering the status of women or girls in southern Arizona
  2. Engaged in work that has positively affected the lives of women or girls and has potential for creating real change
  3. Served as an important role model in the lives of women or girls
  4. Exhibited active involvement in feminist causes and/or organizations (e.g., pay equity, violence against women, women’s health, etc.)
  5. Participated in significant efforts to improve women’s well-being

How to Nominate

Please complete the electronic form below. Nominators must provide:

  • Name, address, phone and e-mail of nominator
  • Relationship to nominee
  • Name, address, and e-mail of the woman being nominated
  • A nomination letter with specific examples of the actions and accomplishments of the nominee that meet the criteria listed above

Nominators may also include:

  • No more than three (3) additional letters of recommendation from individuals other than the primary nominator. Each letter should clearly address, with specific examples, the criteria and qualifications about which the letter writer has direct knowledge. The primary nominator should forward a copy of the award criteria to letter writers. Please remind letter writers that strong nominations will exemplify the nominee’s accomplishments in accordance with the award criteria.
  • A curriculum vita or resume for nominee.

 

Liz Rabago, left, receiving the Community Impact Award from Lisa Lovallo of Cox Communications. Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Liz Rabago, left, receiving the 2016 Laura Penny Community Impact Award from Lisa Lovallo of Cox Communications.
Photo by Tucson photographer Martha Lochert.

Looking Back, Previous Award Recipients

The Laura Penny Community Impact Award was created in 2016, in recognition of Laura’s incredible accomplishments as the Women’s Foundation’s CEO from 2004-2014.

Past Laura Penny Community Impact Award Recipients

2016 – Liz Rabago
2017 – Cheryl Horvath

Laura Penny was a true change maker, as are our 2016 and 2017 Award Recipients: Liz Rabago and Cheryl Horvath

When 2016 Award Recipient Liz Rabago began working at the YWCA of Southern Arizona ten years ago, everyone quickly learned that when women need something in this community, you can call on Liz to make it happen. Now serving as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, Liz is a role model for other women struggling to overcome obstacles, an activist and advocate for social change and, through the innovative programming she has developed, she has improved the emotional and economic well-being of countless women and their families in our community.

Cheryl Horvath accepting the 2017 Laura Penny Community Impact Award. Photo by Tom Spitz for Martha Lochert Photography Mountain Vista Fire District

2017 Award Recipient Cheryl Horvath came to Tucson from Urbana, Illinois in 2006 on a mission to make first responder careers available to all women who desired them. As one of only three women in the Northwest Fire District, Cheryl overcame many challenges as she moved up the ranks from Battalion Chief to Division Chief before she took the helm as Chief of the Mountain Vista Fire District in 2015.  A decade ago, Cheryl helped launch the Girl Scouts’ Camp Fury program in Southern Arizona, and today, she is proud to say we have 9 additional camps throughout the U.S. and more planned for the future. The Camp Fury model, which now includes law enforcement and military, gives girls an opportunity to see that careers in public safety are ideal for women, and more importantly, women are needed in these roles in our communities. When Cheryl asks: Who are we? We respond: We are Fury!

 

 

Nomination Form

  • Tell us about your nominee.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc.
    Limit of 2 pages max, please.
  • Please upload no more than three (3) additional letters of recommendation from individuals other than the primary nominator. Each letter (two pages max) should clearly address, with specific examples, the criteria and qualifications about which the letter writer has direct knowledge. The primary nominator should forward a copy of the award criteria to letter writers. Please remind letter writers that strong nominations will exemplify the nominee’s accomplishments in accordance with the award criteria.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc.

Confirmation will be sent via email after you submit your nomination. Questions? Please contact the Women’s Foundation at (520) 622-8886.

Thank you!