Women of Excellence identifies high-achieving women for their tremendous career accomplishments. The women are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring.
The Circle of Excellence honorees are prior Women of Excellence honorees in which these women are of longstanding, notable success in the community who are leading the way for other women.
Nomination deadline: Feb. 1, 2024
Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2024
SAVE THE DATE
May 14, 2024
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits please contact your account manager or email [email protected].
If you have questions about this awards event, please email [email protected]
What is the nomination process and the steps to take?
Once the online nomination form is completed an automated email will be sent to the individual nominated (the email address entered in the “Nominee Email” field) and a submission receipt will be sent to the email placed in the “Nominator’s Email” field.
In order for the nominee to continue with the process they must fill out the application form by the application deadline listed in the automated email and on the corresponding event landing page.
We do also suggest that up to three letters of recommendation be sent to [email protected] by the application deadline to be included in the nominee’s judging packet as supporting materials. This is not a requirement, but an added benefit.
How can I be considered for the Women of Excellence award?
In order to be considered, candidates:
● Must demonstrate significant professional accomplishment within their career, strong leadership and mentoring skills as well as strong civic commitment in our community;
● Must be employed in Greater Rochester; and
● May be self-nominated or nominated by another person.
While anyone can nominate, we recommend nominations come from a senior leader in the candidate’s organization. It is then required that the nominee go through the entire application process, please see above response for more details on that.
Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting the Women of Excellence honorees?
A panel of judges consisting of prior year Circle of Excellence honorees and RBJ’s editorial team select the Women of Excellence honorees. It is essential that the candidate prove their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring and the Rochester community. It is helpful to have at least one letter of recommendation from someone that can speak to these achievements.
What is the Circle of Excellence award?
The Circle of Excellence award are for women who have been honored as Women of Excellence in prior years and are eligible to be nominated for the Circle of Excellence. Circle of Excellence honorees are women whom other women want to emulate, women who broke the glass ceiling and women whose success has impacted the next generation and the Rochester community. Circle of Excellence nominees must follow the same nomination and application process as the above.
Can I save the nomination or application forms while I’m working on them?
Unfortunately, at this time you cannot, but we’re working to fix that. In the meantime, we suggest either filling out the forms on a separate sheet of paper and/Word Doc first or be prepared to spend some time in the form.
If I’m an honoree, do I need to purchase a ticket?
You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself if you are an honoree. All other attendees must purchase a ticket. Please, note that all RBJ events are limited attendance based on location. Honorees and sponsors are guaranteed tickets. Individual tickets will only go on sale if space is available after sponsorship deadlines.
What is included in sponsorship packages?
Sponsorship opportunities to include a table for your guests, multimedia marketing, logo usage and much more depending on the level your company selects. For more sponsorship information and benefits please contact your account manager or email [email protected].
Can I buy an ad in the publication?
Please contact Suzanne Fischer-Huettner to place an add or purchase a sponsorship package.
Congratulations to the 2023 Honorees!
These outstanding women are being recognized for their professional accomplishments, community leadership, and mentoring.
Circle of Excellence
Thundermist Health Center
Dresden Public Relations
Villa of Hope
Diana R. Kurty
University of Rochester Medical Center
Carolyn G. Nussbaum
Nixon Peabody LLP
Imprintable Solutions Ink
Kathleen Pringle Group, Inc.
Women of Excellence
The Bonadio Group
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
DKB Business Advisors & CPAs
Christine R. Birnie, R.Ph., Ph.D.
St. John Fisher University
Lori Sussle Bonanni
Jennifer L. Boutte
Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
Destini K. Bowman, Esq.
New York State Unified Court System
Dr. Tammy Butler
House of Mercy
Diana R. Clarkson
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Gina Cuyler, M.D., FACP
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Bank of America
Alecia Fisher Dougherty, CFP
Echelon Wealth Advisors
Ellis K Consulting
Mary Therese Friel
Mary Therese Friel, LLC
Melanie M. Funchess
Ubuntu Village Works LLC
Dixon Schwabl + Company
Dixon Schwabl + Company & Red Bird Market
Janice Harbin, D.D.S.
Anthony L. Jordan Health Corporation (Jordan Health)
Leo J. Roth Corporation
Terria P. Jenkins
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Rochester Institute of Technology
Maureen J. Lally
MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Kim L. Nugent
Sage Rutty & Company, Inc.
City of Rochester
Jyothsna Ponnuri, M.D.
Jewish Senior Life
Maria Jose Cubillos Reed
Cubillos Reed Law, PLLC
Finger Lakes Community Health
Tarryn Larson Rozen
Armbruster Capital Management, Inc.
Hon. Dandrea Lynn Ruhlmann
7th Judicial District, State of New York
Rochester Red Wings
Catherine L. Sperrick
Home Leasing, LLC and Home Leasing Construction
Flower City Hydroponics Inc.
Professional Notary Services, Inc.
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Diane D. Torcello
Tompkins Community Bank
NYS Unified Court System – 7th Judicial District Treatment Courts
Leah George VanScott
Greater Rochester Enterprise
Stephanie Von Bacho
University of Rochester/University of Rochester Medical Center
Continued below to nominate for Women of Excellence.
Once the nomination form is completed, the nominee will receive an email with the application link.