Three Women Leaders Named Finalists for National Leadership Award

Washington, DC - Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) has named three local officials as finalists for its 2013 Women in Municipal Government Leadership Award. The WIMG Leadership Award recognizes a female local official for unique and outstanding leadership in local government. The winner is recognized for individual achievement in initiating creative and successful programs in local government, particularly if they serve as a specific mentoring model for future female leaders. 

The winner will be announced on Friday, November 15 during the WIMG Leadership Award Luncheon at the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle, Wash. WIMG is an NLC constituency group.  

Finalists for the 2013 Leadership Award are:

  • Ann Scott Davis, Vice Mayor, Athens, Tennessee
  • Lois Tarkanian, Councilmember, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Cathy Boring, Councilmember, Dublin, Ohio

“WIMG is thrilled to continue its Leadership Award Program in partnership with NLC and our corporate sponsors. The award offers us the opportunity to recognize a strong female leader from our nation’s cities and towns. We encourage participation from women across the NLC network to become nominees for the program so they may be recognized at the national level for their exemplary work in mentoring and leadership,” said WIMG President Mary Brown, councilwoman, Gary, IN.  

Maud Daudon, President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will offer keynote remarks at the luncheon.

Sponsors of the 2013 WIMG Leadership Award Luncheon are Cigna, Wells Fargo, Comcast, ICMA-RC, Black & Veatch and Southwest Airlines.  The WIMG Leadership Award Honorary Chair is Kathy Maness, Councilmember, Town of Lexington, SC and WIMG Past President.

Judges for this year’s WIMG Leadership Award are Mary Dorothy LaMarche, Vice Mayor, Farragut, Tenn., WIMG Board Member; Karen Avilla, HELO President and City Treasurer, Carson, Calif.; Preston V. Lee, Jr., Senior Director, Outreach Diversity and Inclusion, Freddie Mac; and David Park, Financial Planning Manager, ICMA-RC.

WIMG is a constituency group of the National League of Cities (NLC).  It was formed in 1974 to serve as a forum for communication and networking among women municipal officials and their colleagues interested in addressing women’s issues.  It strives to raise awareness about issues of concern to women and encourages women to seek public office in their communities.  

During a joint reception at the Congress of Cities, WIMG will also honor Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma, Washington for her civic contributions.

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.