It's that time of year where we are asking for your help to recognize outstanding local ladies! Specifically, we're looking for those moms, daughters, sisters, friends who go above and beyond in some way, so we can recognize them as part of our annual 25 Women in Leadership.
25 Women in Leadership ultimately culminates in an awards banquet in September, but well before then we start looking for nominations.
"The only real requirement of the award is that they are female, and we want all ages. We've had high school students who've won before. Basically, it's the unsung hero of the communities," explains Women in Leadership Event Coordinator Christy Howell.
That includes women like Kim LeHew, a commercial real estate agent who both excels at her job and inspires coworkers and friends alike by maintaining a positive attitude while battling breast cancer.
"Maybe having breast cancer has been kind of a blessing that made me really appreciate life. And being able to be positive and a great influence, and just stay positive and try to find the best in each situation," LeHew shares.
Pat Willis with the Peoria Center for the Prevention of Abuse is another prime example of a past winner, as someone who's served as an advocate for the sick and elderly.
"I wanted to do something when I went home at the end of the day, where I felt like I had helped make a difference in somebody's life and helped them out," says Willis.
Similarly, Jenna Walker, volunteer turned program director for the Central Illinois Riding Therapy program (CIRT,) is another illustration of the type of woman we're looking for.
"Working with kids and adults and helping better their lives through horses was just the plus and it's never a job then it's fun," Walker shares.
If you'd like to nominate someone, look right here on WEEK.com. On our homepage look for the black bar at the top and scroll over to "features." Click on that drop down menu and highlight "25 Women in Leadership." That will take you to a separate page where you can see pictures of past winners and read their bios. At the top of that page is a link to the nomination form.
Or, click here: http://www.week.com/link/787585/women-in-leadership-application
And, if the person you nominate wins they'll be featured right here on 25 News, as was the case with past winner Alicia Washington, the first African American Tenth Judicial Circuit Court Associate Judge for Peoria County.
"There's nothing like knowing there's another human being in your circle that moves around you daily, that thinks enough about you, that other people should get to know about you, too," she explains.
It's meant to be a pat on their back, and a nod to the rest of you ladies out there who are going above and beyond.