Nominations Are Now Open for the 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards

The National Association of Women Business Owners, South Jersey Chapter, (NAWBO SJ) is excited to announce that they are now accepting nominations for their 12th Annual Beyond The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Ceremony.  The 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards will also celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The National Association of Women Business Owners.  NAWBO SJ is proud to be part of a national organization with its rich history of dedication, commitment and advocacy for women business owners across America.

The Glass Ceiling Awards Gala is an annual dinner program hosted by NAWBO SJ that attracts approximately 300 business owners and professionals from the South Jersey region. The ceremony recognizes and honors outstanding individuals in the local community who have demonstrated leadership roles in their professions, have been active in their communities and have served as mentors and role models for women business owners and women in business.

Dr. Robin Smith during her keynote speech at the 2014 Glass Ceiling Awards.

Dr. Robin Smith during her keynote speech at the 2014 Glass Ceiling Awards.

The gala also includes a keynote address from a prominent individual who has made significant contributions to women and women business owners.  Last year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Robin Smith, a national television personality, best-selling author, and licensed psychologist.

The 2015 Glass Ceiling Awards Gala & Ceremony will be held Thursday, February 19th at The Mansion in Voorhees, NJ.  Nominations are due by October 30th, 2014 and may be submitted to info@nawbosouthjersey.org.

The nomination categories are:

Trailblazer of the Year
First to explore, develop or research a new product, service, trade, medicine, technique, venture, etc. Someone who is the first to lead.

Heroine Award
Someone who is responsible for a heroic act in business, medicine, philanthropy, etc.

Legislator of the Year
A policy-maker who is creating inspiring laws or policies that benefit women business owners.

Media Advocate of the Year
A news outlet who has advocated on behalf of women business owners in the SJ community.

Woman Business Owner of the Year
A successful, business owner or entrepreneur who has had an impact on the SJ community.

Community Advocate of the Year
Someone who is an advocate of the SJ community.

Company of the Year
A company (small, mid-size or large) that has exhibited significant growth or has made significant impact on the SJ community.

Environmental Advocate of the Year
A company or individual who has made significant strides toward improving the environment, or environmental policy.

Under 40 Business Woman of the Year
An individual who is a rising star in her community, under the age of 40.

Women’s Advocate of the Year
Someone who has successfully advocated on behalf of women and/or women in business.

NAWBO SJ Nova
A NAWBO member who is a “rising star” in her field.

NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion
A NAWBO member who has “championed” our chapter and supported our growth and mission.

The 2014 Glass Ceiling Award Honorees Were:

Trailblazer of the Year – CJ DiRoma, The Asterism Group
Legislator of the Year—Congressman Jon Runyan, NJ 3rd Congressional District
Company of the Year – Eileen Unger, Emergency Preparedness Partnerships
Women’s Advocate of the Year – Lucienne Beard, Alice Paul Institute
Heroine of the Year – Betty Long, RN, Guardian Nurses Healthcare Advocates
Media Advocate of the Year – Marilyn Russell, WBEN-FM
Community Advocate of the Year – Lori Godorov, The Work Group
Environmental Advocate of the Year – Lori Braunstein, Sustainable Cherry Hill
NAWBO SJ NOVA – Roseann Vanella, Advanced Mediation Solutions, FamilyAffaires.com
NAWBO SJ Chapter Champion– Judy Sailer, Habitat for Humanity & Tracy Shields, ResQ

Eligibility Requirements for Nomination : Nominees must be a resident or work within the South Jersey region and must be able to accept the award in-person on the evening of the gala.

Nomination Guidelines:

Nominees should:

-be widely recognized as extraordinarily successful in their field

-have career and work effectiveness that can be documented.

-have had positive influence on others in their field and beyond.

Please submit the names of individuals or companies you might feel are deserving of one of our award categories, reason for the nomination, company the nominee is connected to, and contact information (name, email, phone number) of nominee. Submit all to info@nawbosouthjersey.org by October 30th, 2014.