Nominate Someone for the WIMG Leadership Award

WIMG Award
WIMG Award

The National League of Cities recognizes the work that women municipal leaders do, and the challenges they face. 

That's why the Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group launched its leadership award recognizing female municipal officials for their unique and outstanding leadership in local government.

Each year, WIMG and NLC recognize an individual for initiating creative and successful programs in municipal government that help their community, particularly if the leadership serves as a specific mentoring model for future female leaders.

In 2015, Lexington, S.C., Mayor Pro-Tem Hazel Livingston was celebrated for her efforts to strengthen the quality of life and economic development in the community of Lexington through historic preservation and beautification efforts.

In 2016, Savannah, GA, Mayor Pro-Tem Carolyn Bell was honored for initiating the "Ask an Alderman" program, partnering with each of the district's aldermen to take the elected officials and City staff to the people to give them an opportunity to voice their concerns and file service requests for issues in their districts. 

Our goal is to promote more representation of women in local government and the program is designed to encourage more women to run for elected municipal office.

Nominations must be submitted by October 6th, 2017.


Who Can be Nominated?

Do you know someone who is passionate about their work? Someone who has created a successful program in their community? We want to hear about their achievements. 

The Leadership Award is open to all female members of NLC. The nominee is not required to be a member of the Women in Municipal Government constituency group.

Here the requirements: 

  1. The nominee must be a female elected official who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and worked to help other individuals strive to achieve similar goals.
  2. The nominee must be a female elected official who has been actively involved with the National League of Cities or a state municipal league.
  3. The nominee must be a local elected female official from an NLC member city.
  4. The nominee must have served in a municipal elected office for at least two years.
  5. The nominee must be nominated by a colleague, constituent, or organization.
Nomination Form

Nomination Statement Guidelines

Ready to nominate? Download guidelines and suggestions on formulating the nomination statement.

Nomination Guidelines

Award Presentation

Finalists for the award will be announced in advance of the NLC City Summit, November 15–18, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The winner will be announced and honored along with the other finalists during the annual WIMG Luncheon and Membership Meeting that takes place during the conference. All award finalists should plan to travel to Charlotte to be present for the award presentation. 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 electronic member publication The Weekly and on the NLC website at