Go ahead, talk about yourself

YWCA Our Voice

My favorite time of the year is upon us, Women of Excellence season! The YWCA’s annual Tribute to Women of Excellence is the event I anticipate most each year.

Nominations are open for anyone to nominate a Woman of Excellence. The class of 2019 will be celebrated during our event at 6 p.m. Nov. 7.

This will be the third group of women that I get to shine the spotlight on which is something I love doing. A lot of the ladies who are nominated don’t get recognized for the positive contributions they have made to Lycoming County.

As a woman at the beginning of my career, I am inspired by the stories the women and those close to them share with me. I love hearing about how they have worked to do good in our community through their professions and volunteering.

They each play to their strengths and passions whether it is working in the medical field, traveling to help clean up after a natural disaster or creating a fun place for kids to play.

Often honorees will write to me, “I didn’t do all of these things for the recognition.”

I think there is a big difference between being humble and being conceited. I don’t think talking yourself up every once in a while is bad. Telling others about the positive things you do could be inspiring to somebody else as well as inform them about an issue that they might not know about. I feel like there is some unspoken rule that women are supposed to be meek and humble, to not talk too much about your accomplishments. We should be confident in our work! We should be proud to talk about our passions! I encourage you to share the things you’re zealous about with others without feeling guilty about sounding full of yourself.

Female leaders deserve their time to shine bright without anybody trying to extinguish their light. Women of Excellence is designed to give local women the platform to be celebrated for their accomplishments. I know you didn’t do it for the recognition but let us appreciate you for one night this fall.

Nominations for Women of Excellence are open until Aug. 30. The forms and criteria can be found via our website, www.ywcawilliamsport.org. Nomination forms can be printed out then either scanned and emailed to mbloom@ywcawilliamsport.org or mailed to the YWCA, 815 W. Fourth St.

All nominees must:

• Have worked and/or volunteered in Lycoming County for two or more years.

• Demonstrate the principals of integrity, strength of character and leadership.

• Have a history of active participation in the community as a volunteer, role model or board and/or committee member.

• Understand and support the mission of the YWCA: Eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Nominators must write up a brief explanation of why they think the nominee is a Woman of Excellence in their eyes as well as some of their accomplishments that makes them excellent.

After all of the nomination forms have been received, we begin the search for the Wise Woman of the year.

Each nominee will be in the running to be selected for our highest honor by past Wise Women who vote for the person they feel is most deserving of the award.