2024 Women Leading Government

Career Excellence Award


California Women Leading Government (WLG) is soliciting nominations for the Women’s Leadership Summit Career Achievement Award. The Career Excellence Award was established in 2007 as part of the Inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit. WLG is a professional organization with a mission to inspire and prepare women to be local government executive leaders and support their success.

The Career Achievement Award is presented to a woman who is dedicated to the field of local government, has taken a proactive approach to her own personal and professional development, and contributes to the community as a leader and facilitator. A Career Achievement Award winner has the following traits:

  • Primary career focus has been in local government.
  • Has spent the past 10 years in an executive leadership position either as a
    department head, assistant city manager or city manager (or equivalent county or special district positions).
  • Incorporates high standards in her decision-making, work performance, and ability to work with others.
  • Contributes to the organization as a leader, motivator and mentor.
  • Has an inclusive and positive approach towards leadership, empowers others to recognize their full potential and encourages opportunities for career development.
  • Contributes to the community as a leader and facilitator.
  • Is a forward thinker and works towards implementing positive changes and high standards throughout her community and organization.

In order to nominate a woman for this award, please provide a brief summary of the Nominee’s background, professional and/or personal achievements and why she is most deserving of this award. References and supporting material are not required but are allowed. Submit your nomination by e-mail to dhilbrants@santaclaraca.gov Nominations are due by 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2024. Winners will be recognized at the Women's Leadership Summit on May 2, 2024 in Oakland, CA.

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To inspire and prepare women to be local government executive leaders and support their success.

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Women Leading Government (WLG) is an initiative started in November 2006 by the Cal-ICMA Preparing the Next Generation committee. Organized by female managers of California’s cities, counties, and special districts, WLG is designed to assist female managers in their career development. WLG welcomes all people dedicated to public service and the development of women leaders.

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