Spectacular Magazine, with a mission to enlighten and empower, will present the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Woman of the Year (WOY) Awards to honor and celebrate the achievements and contributions of African American women or women who have made a difference in the African American community.
On Sunday September 24, 2017, Spectacular Magazine will recognize women in eight (8) categories at the Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year (WOY) Awards Gala. The location to be announced. In addition to joining an elite group of successful, dynamic women who have received the title of Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year, the recipient will receive an award and plaque, as well as being prominently featured on Spectacular Magazine website and social media for the world to become award of these women’s achievements and contributions.
(NOTE: Awards for the individuals pictured were presented the Spectacular Magazine 2017 Women of the Year in 2016. That was designed to meet print deadlines which was 3 months ahead. For 2017 only, as an on-line media outlet, there will be another group of women recognized as Spectacular Magazine 2017 Women of the Year (more opportunity to honor more women!).
Nominations will be accepted in one of the seven categories from Monday July 10, 2017 until midnight Sunday July 30, 2017. The seven categories for which nominations are accepted are Arts & Culture, Business & Economic Development, Civil & Human Rights, Community Service, Education, Emerging Leader and Health. Recommendations for the eighth category, Lifetime Achievement, will be accepted as well. Criteria for each category can be found below. A woman may be nominated in more than one category and women who have been nominated before are eligible to be nominated again.
The Spectacular Magazine WOY
The on-line voting process that is implemented to select the recipients (powered by SpokeHub) begins on Monday August 21th and ends at midnight on Sept. 10th. The recipients will be named at the Sunday’s Best Spectacular Magazine Woman of the Year Awards Gala on Sunday Sept. 24 at 2:00 pm.
THE CATEGORIES AND THE CRITERIA ARE:
~ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – woman who has made outstanding and significant contributions to the African-American community throughout her lifetime; she must have demonstrated dedication, leadership and commitment to the advancement, promotion and development of the cultural, educational, social, economic, political welfare and/or in any other areas that impact the lives of people in the African-American community; must be of African heritage.
~ ARTS AND CULTURE – woman who must have made significant contributions to the African-American community in the area of visual art, music, dance, drama, creative writing and/or cultural events that broaden cultural understanding; a woman of any race, color or creed who serves the African-American community is eligible.
~ BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – woman must have made significant contributions to the African-American community in the area of economic development; have the African-American community as a target population for his services or specific project; man of any race, color or creed who serves the African-American community is eligible.
~ CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS – woman must have made substantial and long-term contributions in furtherance of civil rights, civil liberties, and/or human rights; led the development of contemporary measures to fight discrimination and prejudice and the effects of past discrimination; and/or fostered positive intergroup relations among persons of different races, ages, ethnic origin, gender, religious backgrounds, or physical and mental abilities; woman of any race, color or creed who serves the African-American community is eligible.
~ COMMUNITY SERVICE – recipient should have volunteered her time for one or more activities that were to the immediate benefit of others in the community; must be of African heritage.
~ EDUCATION – woman who is driven by the need to help students succeed and has made significant gains toward eliminating the significant gap between the achievement levels of blacks and non-black students; woman of any race, color or creed who serves the African-American community is eligible.
~ EMERGING LEADER – young woman must be under the age of 35 and have demonstrated leadership ability in a community, school or college as it relates to the development of the cultural, social and/or political welfare of the African-American community; must be of African heritage.
~ HEALTH – leader who dedicated her career toward the welfare and advancement of minority health and the elimination of health disparities; has taken action to further the goals of improving the health status of all racial and ethnic minority Americans; efforts to develop new and innovative solutions has left a significant impact on closing the health gap; woman of any race, color or creed who serves the African-American community is eligible.
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