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Legacy Project is looking for Award nominations for the 2024 Annual Conference. 


To submit an award nomination, please return a completed form to The deadline is April 15, 2024.

The categories include: 


Emerging Professional Leader Award Nomination (Early or mid-level career): 

The Emerging Professional is a Legacy Project member early in their career with a municipality or public sector employer who has made exemplary contributions to the common good and the profession through public service over the last year through their local municipal work or by making substantial changes throughout the organization.

This new award recognizes professional legacy project members working for a public sector employer in any area of public service. The selection committee considers the nature and extent of the public service activity, the benefit to the profession, the amount of time and effort involved, and its lasting impact on the community.


Outstanding Member Award

The Outstanding Member is any member who has demonstrated a superior dedication to local government and public service, as well as the continued support of the Legacy’s mission, over the last year. Outstanding Members can be from any level of public service. The selection committee considers the impact of the member’s actions on the profession, the member’s demonstrated leadership in and support of the organization, as well as the member’s commitment to public service.

Sponsorship Award

The Sponsorship Award recognizes those financial supporters who have consistently championed the Legacy Project. The selection committee considers a variety of factors in determining the Sponsorship Award including the amount of time and other commitments donated by the Sponsor, the impact of the Sponsor on the Legacy Project’s mission, and overall contributions to supporting female leadership in local government.


Please nominate your fellow colleagues for these awards, which will be presented at the Annual Conference. 


Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

These leaders received their awards at the May 2023 Legacy Project Conference. You are amazing role models and we are so happy and proud of your achievements. 

2023 Emerging Professional Leader 
- Ana Elizarraga, Housing and Economic Development Analyst, City of Evanston
- Samantha Adams, Benefits Coordinator, City of St. Charles 

2023 Sponsorship
- Clark, Baird, and Smith, accepted by Kelly Coyle, Partner

2023 Outstanding Member 
- Cristina White, City Manager, City of Warrenville
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