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NASW-NYC Social Work Leadership Awards

Over the years, NASW-NYC has highlighted exemplary social workers in New York City, specifically through our Leadership Awards Dinner, every December since 2007.

NASW-NYC strives to recognize social workers in New York City who stand out among others. Through this page, you will find highlights of our Leadership Awards Dinners throughout the years, as well as biographies of the individuals honored.


Since 2007, the Emerging Social Work Leader Award has been awarded to 98 individuals demonstrating outstanding social work leadership, early in their careers, 3-10 years post-grad. 


In 2010, NASW additionally highlighted seasoned leaders in New York City with the “Highest Social Work Leadership Award.” This award was given to social workers who have positively contributed to what the profession is today.  To date, 19 outstanding social work leaders have been honored.


The last category NASW added in 2011 was the Exemplary Mid-Career Social Work Leader for professionals showing stellar leadership capacities 10+ years post-grad.  This award has been given to 36 social workers.


All of the leadership award categories exist to show the professional community who the leaders of the future are.




We are currently soliciting nominations to honor outstanding New York City social workers at our 10th Annual Leadership Dinner, which is a great evening to celebrate the profession and the accomplishments of our colleagues.


We are seeking nominations for the following levels of leadership:

  • Emerging Leaders 3-10 years in the field
  • Mid-career Leaders Minimum of 10 years experience

The need to cultivate emerging new leaders and support strong leadership among exemplary mid-career social workers has never been greater. We are experiencing a dramatic transition of leadership as a result of the retirement of many of human services executives, including social workers. Encouraging and recognizing social workers who are now emerging as the leaders of tomorrow is important to all of us.


We invite you to join us by recognizing an outstanding member of your staff, a co-worker, or a colleague! We also encourage you to share this call for nominations with your network.


Click here to view the Guidelines for Nominations and to download a nomination form


All honorees will be recognized at our awards dinner to be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the Jing Fong Restaurant in Chinatown. This is guaranteed to be a wonderful, exciting, and fun-filled evening!


Deadline for all submissions is Thursday, September 22, 2016. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Shari Jones via email at or at 212.668.0050, extension 220.


We hope you will be able to join us on this special evening honoring our profession's outstanding social workers in NYC!



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