By Juliette Coulter
Texas Women’s Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2021 Maura Award and Young Leader Award, which recognize those who have positively impacted the lives of women and girls. Nominations are open online at txwf.org/events/leadershipawards/. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 13.
Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership Forum & Awards Event, sponsored by AT&T, in the spring 2021. For 42 years, the Maura “Women Helping Women” Award has recognized those who have led the way in improving lives for women and girls in Texas. Nominees must meet the following criteria: utilizes their role in leadership to advance opportunities to serve the unique needs of women and girls; has spent an extended period of time in service helping women and girls; former or current Texas resident; and must be 40 years of age and older. The Young Leader Award recognizes breakthrough leadership exhibited by a Texan. Nominees must meet the following criteria: achieving success in a field, initiative or sector; creating a path of opportunity for others to follow; former or current Texas resident; and must be between 18-39 years of age.
Texas Women’s Foundation is Transforming Texas for Women and Girls, empowering them to build stronger, more equitable communities. Since 1985, the Foundation has been a trusted leader in advancing social and economic change for women and girls in Texas. One of the world’s largest women’s foundations, the Foundation raises funding from a broad base of donors, including individuals, other foundations and corporations. These resources support more than $7 million in investments that advance economic security and leadership for Texas women and girls through groundbreaking research, advocacy, grants and programs. Since inception, the Foundation has invested more than $56.5 million in women and girls, and $42.6 million of this has been given since 2011. The Foundation’s statewide research on issues affecting women and girls provides decision makers and lawmakers with critical data to inform policies, practices and programs in the state. Its advocacy, grantmaking and innovative programs support solutions that help Texas women and girls thrive. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is an acknowledged leader and advocate in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100 percent of its assets — endowments, operating investments and donor-advised funds — in a gendered impact portfolio that yields strong financial returns and social benefits to women and girls. For more information, visit txwf.org.