Excellence in Management Awards Program

2015 Theme  "Exemplary Leaders - Everyday Heroes"

The Seattle Management Association (SMA) board is excited to kick-off the opening of the 2015 SMA Excellence in Management Awards Program.   
Each Excellence in Management Award recognizes employees and SMA members in categories representing the support and leadership that makes it possible to operate the City in the best interest of our community.  
Nominations in any of these categories are an excellent way to acknowledge the individuals or teams with whom you work.  Any employee, regardless of classification, a work group or team is eligible for nomination. We are accepting nominations for individuals and team awards in these categories (see definitions below):       

  • ·           Leadership in Public Service
  • ·           Leadership in Environmental Stewardship
  • ·           Leadership in Race and Social Justice
  • ·           Leadership in Planning and Project Management             
  • ·           Leadership in Community Service            

We hope you'll consider submitting a nomination (Nomination Form) by close of business on September 21, Monday.


Award winners will be recognized at an awards program on Thursday, November 5th, 4:00 p.m. at the Washington Athletic Club in downtown Seattle.


If you have questions please contact any SMA Board Member or e-mail us at sma@seattle.gov.

The Award Categories

Leadership in Public Service Award
This award recognizes an individual or team who consistently promotes and delivers excellence and integrity in public leadership and exemplifies the values and vision of their department. The nominee should be a person or team whose innovation or new ideas enhance the quality of service delivery in some way or whose work significantly impacted the efficiency and excellence by which a public service is provided. The nominee should demonstrate long range, effective strategic planning; develop and motivate staff or other participants involved in completing the work; and serve with the public good in mind. This category is distinguished from the Community Service Award in that it is focused internal to the City rather than external.

Leadership in Community Service Award
This award recognizes an individual or team who has shown extraordinary dedication to positively impact and contribute to the community in which we work and live.  The commitment can be demonstrated through service and volunteer activities, fundraising efforts, or by providing leadership to a charitable organization or community cause. The nominee should inspire and strengthen the community by promoting awareness and encouraging investment that results in a positive change in the community. This category is distinguished from the Public Service Award in that it is focused external to the City rather than internal.

Leadership in Planning and Project Management Award
This award recognizes an individual or team who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in planning, developing and/or establishing a broadly impactful project or planned course of action(s) for self and others. The nominee should successfully include and collaborate with stakeholders, encourage and recognize alternative voices, and provide inspiring leadership throughout the planning and implementation of the project. 

Leadership in Race and Social Justice Award
This award recognizes an individual or team who has shown exceptional leadership in eliminating institutional systems, practices, and policies that serve as barriers to race and social justice; transforming civic engagement processes for greater equity and inclusion; promoting opportunity and access for all individuals, and/or providing education on racial and social justice issues. The nominee should communicate a vision of an equitable City and challenge institutions and organizations that unwittingly continue barriers to social justice.

Leadership in Environmental Stewardship
This award recognizes an individual or team who has demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship by planning, developing and/or implementing a program or project which directly improve and enhance the environmental quality of the community and promoting awareness and education of environmental issues in our community. The nominee should communicate a vision of an environmentally responsible City and enlist and encourage others to make significant changes that will improve the environment. 


Past Award Winners