The Excellence in Advocacy Awards began in 2013 to coincide with the first Professional Women in Advocacy Conference (PWIA). The intent of the Awards is to put the spotlight on everyday advocates who dedicate themselves to representing
their issue, cause or organization in the public policy arena. PWIA raises the visibility of these women and the work they do through promotion of the Awards via advertising, social media and the awards reception itself.
PWIA is not a membership organization so anyone can participate in the EIA awards. Nominations are free and provide great benefits to nominees and their organizations including three months of visibility and promotion; recognition
in paid and earned media; discounts to the PWIA conference and EIA Awards Reception and entry into a special community of past EIA nominees impacting public policy. All nominees receive Certificates of Participation. Finalists
receive an engraved business card holder. Awardees receive a crystal award engraved with their name. We encourage you to nominate a colleague today and give them the visibility and recognition they deserve!
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"When I started lobbying, very few women were in our industry. We could certainly have used an organization like PWIA which offers education and support for women at any level of advocacy. I was honored to accept an award for “Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women”—a category that stands above the rest. PWIA is all about women helping women. I applaud its leadership and mission to advancing women involved in advocacy."
- Ann Sullivan, Madison Services Group, Inc. 2018 Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women Honoree
The Excellence in Advocacy nomination form is open!
Completed nomination applications for the Excellence in Advocacy (EIA) Awards must be received by June 19, 11:59 PM, EDT. There will be no exceptions. To apply please complete the nomination form.
Lifetime Achievement Award (Formerly Veteran Advocate Award)
This is a marquis award that recognizes a senior level advocacy professional for her achievements and contributions to the industry over the course of her career. Designed to recognize women with more than 20 years of experience in the advocacy
2019 Honoree Lissa Druss, Founder / CEO, Strategia Consulting
Advocate of the Year
This is a marquis award that recognizes a mid-career advocacy professional for extraordinary work on behalf of a her cause, industry or policy issue. Designed to recognize women with between 8-20 years of experience in the advocacy field who
have achieved remarkable results for their career level.
Category introduced in 2020
Up and Comer of the Year
This is a marquis award that recognizes the advocate for early achievements in her career and potential to be a successful contributor to the field over time. Designed to recognize women who have less than 8 years in the advocacy field.
2019 Honoree Hannah Holloway, Policy Specialist, Urban League of Portland
Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign
An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
2019 Honoree Bethany Aronhalt, Senior Director, Media Relations, National Retail Federation
For her leadership on a public affairs ad campaign surrounding trade and tariffs that garnered national media attention and positioned
the NRF as the leader on the issue.
Excellence in a State Issue Campaign
An effort wherein the advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a state or local legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on behalf of their cause, issue, client, organization or coalition.
2019 Honoree The team of Kristin A. Hellquist, MS, CAE, Emily Besser and Jenny Zales from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA)
Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women
An effort wherein women advocate(s) successfully impacted the outcome of a problem or opportunity on behalf of other women.
2019 Honoree Holly Harris, Executive Director, Justice Action Network/ Coalition for Public Safety
Excellence in Advocacy on a Controversial Issue
An effort wherein the advocate successfully impacted the outcome of a federal legislative or regulatory problem or opportunity on an issue that was controversial or not very popular.
2019 Honoree Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education, The Government Accountability Project