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THE CAROLYN M. SPARKS FOUNDER’S AWARD

The Nevada International Women’s Forum (NVIWF) is proud to sponsor 4 outstanding mid-career & above women to attend the 2022 International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 1-3, 2022. The World Leadership Conferences, conducted annually by the International Women’s Forum, draw women from more than 50 countries who are the world’s leading architects, advocates, catalysts, and pioneers of change – the women who are re-drawing the map for how we’ll live, work, produce, and maintain healthy communities in the coming years. As our global economies restructure and reshape business, politics, environments, access and opportunity, IWF’s cutting–edge conferences harness those must-have conversations in order to educate, inform and inspire our women leaders and our partners to be out ahead of the change that is needed.  

NVIWF intends to sponsor 2 women who are senior managers in larger enterprises (public, private, non-profit) and 2 women who are entrepreneur business/non-profit founders or who are professionals in smaller organizations (public, private, non-profit). 

All travel & meeting expenses associated with the International Forum's World Leadership Conference will be paid for by NVIWF as part of our sponsorship.

The time commitment expected includes the actual World Leadership Conference dates, travel time prior to & after the conference, an in-person pre-meeting in September, 2022 to meet NVIWF members, and a post-World Leadership Conference meeting (date TBD) for award recipients to present on their conference experiences.

AWARD SELECTION CRITERIA

NVIWF is looking for outstanding women applicants as evidenced & measured by most or all of the following:

      • Substantial professional/work experience (10+ years) together with outstanding accomplishments
      • Superior intellectual capabilities, as evidenced by academic, trade and industry distinctions, 3rd party recommendations, and personal essay
      • Superior leadership capabilities and potential, as evidenced by professional, volunteer, and trade/industry roles and 3rd party recommendations
      • Strength of character & impeccable ethics, and results focus
      • Commitment to participate fully in all activities and programs of the IWF World Leadership Conference
      • Accomplished women who expect to benefit professionally from participating in the Conference
      • Must be a US Citizen & resident of the State of Nevada

NOTE ON EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT:  Conference attendance expenses paid by NVIWF on behalf of award recipients, and expenses reimbursed to the recipient, may require NVIWF or the International Women’s Forum to issue an IRS Form 1099 to comply with IRS requirements. Conference activities should qualify as business-related expenses to the recipient, and of course each recipient should confer with her tax advisor regarding income tax treatment.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Applications will be accepted from February 15, 2022 through April 30, 2022.  Applications that are not complete as of April 30, 2022 will not be considered.

APPLICATION FORM

The online application form you fill out includes the following.

1.      Resume or CV – upload your resume or CV in PDF format.
2.      Biography – upload your biography in PDF format.
3.      Personal Essay – upload the following in PDF format:

NOTE: Please write your personal essay prior to beginning the online application form, as the essay will need to be uploaded or copy/pasted into the online system. Limit the essay to 1000 words in length.

Please incorporate answers to the following items into your personal essay (in any order). Ensure the essay is narrative and not a set of separate answers to individual questions. 

      • Who or what has been the most significant influence on who you are today – personally and as a leader?
      • What professional accomplishment are you most proud of, and why?  What volunteer, civic or community accomplishment are you most proud of, and why?
      • What are your professional goals (both short term & long term), and how do you think attending the IWF World Leadership Conference might help you achieve them?  What do you hope to gain by attending the Conference?  How might you bring things you learn back to your community and organization?
      • One objective of the International Women’s Forum is to facilitate & foster a mentor culture among accomplished women. Describe how you have benefited from a relationship with a mentor or mentee over the course of your career, and how attending the Conference might expand affect your mentor & mentee relationships.
      • The IWF Leadership Conference brings together women from diverse professions, cultures, races and nationalities to enhance sharing of perspectives and to learn from one another. How do you see yourself bringing key learnings from the Conference to your professional organization & community?
4.      Letters of Recommendation – upload in PDF format

Letters of recommendation must be submitted with the application from:

a.      Large Enterprise Applicant: The most senior person in your organization.  Entrepreneurial Business/Non-Profit Applicant: The largest or most valuable client with whom you do business or you support.
b.      Someone you know professionally who is employed outside your organization.
c.      Optional: a personal recommendation from someone (e.g., a volunteer or community organization).
5.      Signed letter of intent (you can download the template here) – scan and upload in PDF format

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND PROCESS

Candidates must submit all required components of this application to the Nevada International Women’s Forum. The submittal deadline is April 30, 2022.  Everything must be submitted via the online form.  You may return to the multipage application as often as necessary to complete it.

Candidates will be notified in early June of their selection for a zoom interview that will be conducted between June 20 and 24, 2022.  Between June 29 & July 1, the NVIWF will select award recipients and notify all applicants.

Questions? Contact us at nviwf.gm@gmail.com

702-857-8754  P.O. Box 231412  Las Vegas, NV 89123


Nevada IWF is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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