WIMG Leadership Award

The WIMG Leadership Award recognizes female municipal officials for their unique and outstanding leadership in local government. Each year, a winner is recognized for individual achievement in initiating a creative and successful program in local government that helps to improve a city or town's quality of life for its citizens, particularly if the leadership serves as a specific mentoring model for future female leaders.

Purpose and Focus

The National League of Cities' (NLC) Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group again launches its leadership award recognizing female municipal officials for unique and outstanding leadership in local government.  Each year, a winner is recognized for individual achievement in initiating creative and successful programs in municipal government that helps citizens, particularly if the leadership serves as a specific mentoring model for future female leaders.  The WIMG Leadership Award promotes the increased representation of women in local government and is designed to encourage more women to run for elected municipal office.

Eligibility Criteria 

The WIMG Leadership Award is available to all NLC female local elected officials.  The nominee is not required to be a member of the Women in Municipal Government constituency group.  A panel of judges representing WIMG and NLC members, private industry representatives, and civic leaders will determine the finalists and the winner of the award.  Additional eligibility criteria includes:    

  • Nominee must be a female elected official who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and worked to help other individuals strive to achieve similar goals. 
  • Nominee must be a female elected official who has been actively involved with the National League of Cities or a state municipal league. 
  • Nominee must be a local elected female official from an NLC member city. 
  • Nominee must have served in a municipal elected office for at least two years. 
  • Nominee must be nominated by a colleague, constituent, or organization. 
  • Nominee must have a completed nomination form submitted to NLC by September 30, 2012 , and nominee and nominator must review, sign and date the nomination form. 
  • Nominee must be in a municipal elected office through December 31, 2012. 
  • Members of the WIMG Board of Directors and WIMG Advisory Council are not eligible to be nominated for the award.

Requirements and Nomination Form 

All nomination forms must be accompanied by a nomination statement.  A nomination statement should address the following information: 

  1. Explain why the nominee is an exceptional leader and should receive the WIMG Leadership Award. 
  2.  Include information that provides insights into the nominee's unique municipal accomplishments.  Give examples with  correlating time frames (years or months) that demonstrate the nominee's extraordinary success in bringing about innovative programs to the community and include any specific challenges that have been addressed that shows how the nominee has made a difference in terms of leadership in the municipality and with colleagues and constituents.
  3. Indicate if the nominee has served in a leadership role with the National League of Cities or a state municipal league and indicate how long the nominee has been active in NLC or the state municipal league. 
  4. Describe how the nominee has served as an excellent mentor to individuals in the community. 
  5. Describe the outstanding contributions of the nominee that have helped other women become involved in community, government or civic leadership. 
  6. At the end of the statement, describe in no more than three sentences, why the nominee should become the winner of the award based her accomplishments.

The nomination statement should: 

  • Be submitted as an attachment to the Nomination Form. 
  • Not exceed two single-spaced, letter-sized, typewritten pages in Times New Roman font size 12. 
  • Nominations will not be eligible for consideration if submissions include back-up materials, such as resumes, notebooks, or lengthy additional materials. 
  • Nominees should be nominated by one individual only. Both nominee and nominator should sign the nomination form. 
  • Nominations will not be eligible for consideration if submissions do not follow these criteria.
The nomination form may be sent via e-mail, fax, regular mail, or express mail.  E-mail the nomination form to: batulan@nlc.org, with the subject line: "WIMG Leadership Award Nomination" or fax it to (202) 626-3103 to Rikka Batulan.  The nomination form may also be mailed to:


WIMG LEADERSHIP AWARD Box WLA 
Women in Municipal Government/National League of Cities 
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20004.

Award Recognition

Finalists for the award will be announced in advance of the NLC Congress of Cities in Phoenix, Arizona.  The winner will be announced and honored along with the other finalists during the annual WIMG Luncheon and Membership Meeting on Friday, November 11.  All award finalists should plan to travel to Phoenix to be present for the award presentation at approximately 1:00 p.m. Lunch starts at 12:30 p.m.  All award nominees and finalists are advised to pay their WIMG dues and fees (which include the luncheon ticket fee) or purchase their separate luncheon tickets for themselves and registered delegate guests in advance of the luncheon event.  There will be national media coverage of this event along with photos and news features about the award presentation in NLC's Nation's Cities Weekly newspaper and on the NLC website at www.nlc.org.

Assistance and Questions

For any questions related to the Leadership Award, contact Rikka Batulan at batulan@nlc.org