McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News have opened the nomination process for the second annual McKnight’s Women of Distinction awards program.

The nomination deadline is Jan. 8.

Last year’s program recognized 41 women. Eligible for recognition are women working as 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. 

Once again, nominations can be made in two categories:

  • 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 or in the senior living or skilled nursing fields.
  • Rising Stars should have less than 15 years of experience in senior living or skilled nursing or be no more than 40 years old, and they must have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the senior housing and care industry.

A lifetime achievement award also will be bestowed.

Nominators should be prepared to share nominees’ work history, exceptional achievements and contributions or service, and anything else that the judging panel should consider.

Nominations submitted through Dec. 18 will have a $69 entry fee. Nominations submitted on or after Dec. 19 will have a $99 entry fee.

All honorees will be celebrated at an awards event in May in Chicago. Additional details about the event will be announced at a later date.

For more information and to nominate someone for recognition, visit Read about last year’s event and honorees here.

PointClickCare is the Diamond sponsor of this year’s event, and PharMerica is the Silver sponsor.