Lillian Dimmitt Excellence in Women’s Leadership Award


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The Lillian Dimmitt Excellence in Women’s Leadership Award is an annual award celebrating remarkable women who demonstrate exceptional leadership, mentorship, contributions to the Morningside community, and have made a significant influence and impact in their respective fields. The award is given at the Connie Wimer Women’s Leadership’s annual Dimmitt Tea.

The Connie Wimer Women’s Leadership program continues to grow since it was established in 2017. The Lillian Dimmitt Excellence in Women’s Leadership Award is taking the work of the group further by honoring women leaders connected to Morningside at the annual tea.

Award Criteria

The nominee should demonstrate exceptional leadership skills in her professional and personal life. She should have a track record of leading successful projects, teams, or organizations, and display qualities such as vision, integrity, and resilience.

The nominee must have actively served as a mentor to other women, providing guidance, support, and empowerment. Evidence of this could include testimonials from mentees, involvement in mentorship programs, or other demonstrable impacts on the careers or lives of other women.

The nominee should have made significant positive contributions to the Morningside community, whether as an alumna, donor, faculty, staff, or administrator. Contributions could be in the form of time, resources, fundraising efforts, or impactful initiatives.

The nominee should have a significant influence in her field or community, and her actions should have brought about positive change or progress. This could be measured through direct impact, such as new policies or initiatives, or indirect impact, like inspiring others to take action.

Nomination Instructions

Nomination Letter

The nominee, or someone else, must write a nomination letter of up to 1,000 words. This letter should explicitly demonstrate how the nominee meets the award criteria: Leadership, Mentorship, Contribution to the Morningside Community, and Influence & Impact. The letter should include specific examples and personal anecdotes to illustrate how the nominee fulfills each criterion.

Letters of Support

Along with the nomination letter, please include two additional letters of support. These letters should be written by individuals who have witnessed the impact of the nominee’s work firsthand. These can be colleagues, mentees, community members, or any other individuals who can provide valuable insight into the nominee’s contributions and influence.


Combine all three letters into a single PDF file. Name the file in the following format: ‘Nominee’s Last Name_First Name_Lillian Dimmitt Award’. Email the PDF file to by Monday, Jan. 15, 2024.