Award

Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award

In 1999, the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award was created and presented to former Governor Collins for her contributions to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its people. This award recognizes Kentucky women of achievement who inspire and motivate other women through their personal, community and professional lives. Award recipient is honored at the Women Leading Kentucky Leadership Awards Luncheon held in November.

During her administration (1983-1987), Governor Collins chose economic development and education as the issues that needed attention in order to improve the lives of Kentuckians.  The results were a $300 million school improvement package and a new Toyota automobile plant in Georgetown benefiting thousands of individual Kentuckians, businesses, and communities, as well as putting Kentucky on the world map. Governor Collins has also served as President of St. Catharine’s College, Executive in Residence at U of L and Georgetown College, Director of the International Business and Management Center at the University of Kentucky, and CEO/President of the Kentucky World Trade Center.  She has served on several national boards and as Honorary Consul General to Japan.   

Martha Layne Collins has demonstrated, through her continuing and varied accomplishments, that women can use their leadership abilities, education and determination to master whatever career or profession they choose. Gov. Collins has been involved with Women Leading Kentucky since it was founded in 1999, guiding, inspiring and mentoring the development of programs and people.  She served as Chair of the Advisory Council for many years and is an inspiration and role model for women throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.   

 

Nomination Deadline: June 1, 2022

Nominations

Criteria & Instructions

CRITERIA

The nominee shall be an outstanding woman of achievement who demonstrates transformative and innovative leadership skills by empowering others and fostering effective change within her organization.  The award is open to women in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Leadership
Demonstrates leadership by bringing about transformational change inside and outside her profession

Mentoring
Fosters and participates in professional and community mentoring relationships

Commitment to Improving Lives
Shows evidence of professional and community leadership, involvement, and life experiences that results in improving the lives of others

Diversity
Can demonstrate her commitment to diversity inside and outside her profession

Giving Back to the Community
Demonstrates evidence of giving back to women and/or the community

NOMINATING INSTRUCTIONS

Write a letter of recommendation detailing how the nominee has demonstrated and fulfilled the aforementioned criteria. Please include:

  • Your contact information (name, title, company, email and phone)
  • Nominee contact information (name, title, company, email and phone)
  • Nominee bio (or work history/accomplishments/awards)

Email letter of recommendation and/or supporting information/documentation to carol@womenleadingky.com

Award

Past Recipients

Dr. Eugenia Toma

University of Kentucky
2021

Judge Julie Goodman

Fayette Circuit Court
2021

Laura Boison

Truist
2019

Sharon Currens

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence
2019

Karen Hill

Baptist Health
2018

Elizabeth Griffin McCoy

Planters Bank
2018

Danielle Clore

Kentucky Nonprofit Network
2017

Dr. Ardis Hoven

University of Kentucky
2017

Paula Hanson

Dean Dorton
2016

Dr. Augusta Julian

BCTC
2016

Marta Miranda

The Center for Women and Families
2016

Debra Hensley

State Farm Insurance Agency
2015

Diane Medley

Mountjoy Chilton
Medley LLP
2015

Audrey Tayse Haynes

Sec. of Cabinet for Health & Family Services
2015

Roszalyn Akins

Fayette County Public Schools
2014

Josephine Richardson

Arts Advocate & Community Leader
2014

Cathy Zion

Today’s Woman Magazine
2014

Lindy Karns
Jean Hale
Vicky Yates Brown

2013

Pam Miller
Crit Luallen
Lois Combs Weinberg

2012

Jackie Nicholson

2011

Dr. Mary Sias

2010

Cynthia Shain

2009

Nawanna Privett

2008

Rebecca Messenger Moore

2007

Maria Alamario-Rosenbaum

2006

Jane Stephenson

2005

Lillian Press

2004

Beverly Watts

2003

Alayne White

2002

Kim Burse

2001

Beverly Raimondo

2000

Sharon Darling

1999

Gov. Martha Layne Collins

1999