Excellence in Leadership Awards Program

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

2016 ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave, Seattle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

2016 Theme  "Igniting Innovation"

It is time once again to submit nominations for the Seattle Management Association (SMA) Excellence in Leadership Awards Program. This year the SMA Awards Program will recognize significant accomplishments and contributions of public employees demonstrating innovative leadership in four categories: Public Service, Community Service, Planning and Project Management and Race and Social Justice. Nominations will be accepted for individuals and teams in each category. 


This year SMA has focused on the "Challenge the Process" chapter of The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner.  These leadership qualities include seizing initiative, exercising outsight, generating small wins and learning from experience.  Please nominate an individual or team that has exemplified this year's theme: "Challenge the Process - Search for Opportunities, Experiment and Take Risks."


Forms can be found HERE and should be returned to: SMA Awards Committee - Mail Stop: SMT-55-00 or emailed to: sma@seattle.gov. Nominations are due by close of business Friday, September 16, 2016.


Award winners will be recognized at the SMA Awards Program on Thursday, November 3rd, 4:00 p.m. at the Washington Athletic Club Crystal Ballroom on 1325 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA. We'll have lots of tasty hors d'oeuvres and beverages included with the ticket as well as a no host bar. We hope you'll join us at this fun recognition event! Registration details will be emailed separately.


For questions or more information please email sma@seattle.gov.

2016 Award Categories

Leadership in Innovative Public Service:
This award recognizes an individual or team who consistently promotes and delivers innovation and excellence 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.


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. 

Please note:   The award selection committee reserves the right to reassign nominee award categories to more closely align with stated nomination criteria. 

Past Award Winners

2013-2015 List of Winners