Do you know an accomplished woman working in the long-term care industry who deserves the spotlight? This is the perfect time to recognize her: Nominate her for a McKnight’s Women of Distinction award.

This is the third year for the awards competition, which is co-sponsored by McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. Each year it recognizes exceptional women working in senior living and skilled nursing.

Eligible for recognition are women who are direct care providers, managers, executives, corporate executives and owners in independent living, assisted living, memory care and life plan communities, as well as those working in these capacities in skilled nursing facilities. Those who serve the field indirectly, for instance as association staff members or thought leaders, also are eligible.

Jan. 6 is the deadline for all entries.

The awards recognize women in three categories — including a new one added this year based on participant feedback.

  • Hall of Honor candidates should be at the level of vice president (or equivalent) or higher and must have made a significant impact in their organizations.
  • Rising Stars nominees should have fewer than 15 years of experience in the industry or be no more than 40 years old, and they must have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the industry.
  • New this year, Veteran VIP honorees will fall between the Hall of Honor inductees and Rising Stars. Veteran VIP nominees should have more than 15 years of experience in senior living or skilled nursing but should be at a level lower than vice president (or equivalent).

A lifetime achievement award also will be bestowed.

To take action, visit the Women of Distinction website today.

Nominations submitted have a $99 entry fee. Additional details about the awards event will be announced at a later date, but take a peek at the 2020 virtual event here (free registration is required).

Inductees also will be recognized with coverage on and and in our print magazines.