Completed nomination applications for the Excellence in Advocacy (EIA) Awards must be received by June 19, 11:59 PM, EDT. There will be no exceptions. To apply please complete the form below.
To ensure efficiency and ease of use on your end and ours, EIA organizers recommend you read these instructions and the FAQ thoroughly before you nominate yourself or an advocate. Please have information about your nominee handy before you begin. You will need their name, title, address, phone, email, head shot and bio, LinkedIn profile, a letter of reference (if self-nomination) and supporting documentation about the effort.
The purpose of the EIA Awards is to highlight the efforts of everyday advocates, so this is a very public process. Once submitted, the nominee will receive a copy of the nomination you submitted on their behalf. The information contained in the form will then be published on our website, in press releases and in email communications about the EIA Awards. The most successful nominations are the ones done in collaboration with the nominee so that the best and most accurate information can be presented.
Award Categories and Purposes:
- Advocate of the Year (New) - This is a marquis award that recognizes a mid-career advocacy professional for extraordinary work on behalf of a cause, industry or policy issue. Designed to recognize women with 8-20 years of experience in the advocacy field who have achieved remarkable results for their career level.
- Up and Comer of the Year – This is a marquis award that recognizes the advocate for early achievements in her career and potential to be a successful contributor to the field over time. Designed to recognize women who have less than 8 years in the advocacy field.
- Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
- Excellence in a State Issue Campaign – An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a state or local legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
- Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women – An effort wherein women advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a problem or opportunity on behalf of other women.
- Excellence in Advocacy on a Controversial Issue – An effort wherein the advocate successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on an issue that was controversial or not very popular.
This year we will also present a woman advocate with a Lifetime Achievement Award.(formerly call Excellence in Advocacy by a Veteran Practitioner.) This awardee is selected by committee based on nominations provided by the Women in Government Relations and Bryce Harlow Foundation leadership and therefore not included in this nomination form.
Required documents: Letter of reference (required for self nomination only)
You may include up to two (2) other supporting documentation, including recommendations or additional pieces of collateral materials or other relevant information.
Instructions for Uploads:
- Files should be named: “Nominee Name_Name of Document”
- Attachments must be PDFs; Do not include links to websites or documents, you must upload a screenshot of the website or include a PDF of the document. Links will not be used in the selection process.
Nominees do not have to be WGR members, PWIA conference participants or sponsors, but they must be women, and they must work in the advocacy profession. Nominators may nominate a single person or a team that has worked together to achieve the purposes of the award. Self-nominations are accepted this year and require a letter of reference. If nominating a team, please indicate all of the team members’ names, titles, organization(s), and email(s).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NOMINATION SUBMISSIONS: Once the application is submitted, the nominator will receive a confirmation email that the application has been successfully received. If you believe you have submitted the application but have not received such a confirmation, please contact Laura Ransone immediately.
If you have a question not answered here on this page please visit our FAQ.
Please show your support for our industry and the Excellence in Advocacy Awards by considering sponsorship. Contact Jennifer Galloway for more information.
May 4 - Nomination opens
June 19 - Nomination closes
July 1 - Nominees are announced and peer judges review nominations and select finalists
August 5 - Finalists announced and public endorsement phase begins
September 1 - Second round of judging by Bryce Harlow begins
November 9 - Awardees announced at the Excellence in Advocacy Awards Reception on November