Annual Awards

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LeadingAge Ohio Awards Program


2020 Award Nominations CLOSED

The submission deadline for the 2020 LeadingAge Ohio Awards program is now closed.  

The Awards committee will be reviewing the submissions in the coming weeks and notifications will be made prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The amazing stories of care, compassion and courage continue every day in our member organizations across the state as we continue to navigate the challenges brought to us by this pandemic.  Stay strong and stay safe.  


The LeadingAge Ohio Annual Awards honor individuals and organizations that embody excellence in aging services leadership, are models of quality and innovation, and are making outstanding contributions to our field that merit recognition.

LeadingAge Ohio member organizations and/or individuals associated with them are eligible for consideration. 

Award Criteria and Nomination Forms

How to Submit a Nomination

Nominations for the 2020 LeadingAge Ohio Awards program are now open.   Submit award nominations online no later than October 23, 2020, using the applicable entry form below.  

Award submissions must be submitted using the online entry forms below.  For questions or issues accessing the online form, please contact Jennifer Taylor at or call 614-545-9028.

Entry Form Prep Tips

Click on the criteria for each award category below to view the requirements to help compose your answer.  You may find it helpful to compose your answer offline, then cut and paste into the online form when ready to submit your entry. 

We've simplified the process for this year's submissions and each award category has only one simple question, using the criteria of the award listed below, what do you most want the judges to know about this nominee that compelled you to make this nomination?  In your answer, provide concrete examples of leadership, innovation, achievement and impact, as applicable, that supports your statement about why the nominee merits recognition.  Finally, save a copy of what you have written for your records.  

2020 Award Categories

Emerging Leader Award:

2020 Emerging Leader Award Criteria

Click here to submit nomination for the 2020 Emerging Leader Award.

Excellence in Caring Award: 

2020 Excellence in Caring Award Criteria

Click here to submit nomination for the 2020 Excellence In Caring Award.

Excellence in Volunteer Service Award:

2020 Excellence in Volunteer Service Award Criteria

Click here to submit nomination for the 2020 Excellence in Volunteer Service Award.

Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award:

2020 Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award Criteria

Click here to submit nomination for the 2020 Heart of Hospice - Rose and Sam Stein Award.

Visionary Leadership Award of Honor:

2020 Visionary Leadership Award of Honor Criteria

Click here to submit nomination for the 2020 Visionary Leadership Award of Honor Award.

Awards Selection Process

Nominations for the 2020 awards program are now open with a submission deadline of October 23, 2020. The Awards Committee will judge the entries and present the slate of winners to the LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors. We will notify award winners and announce to the full membership prior to the Thanksgiving holiday in a special communication.  LeadingAge Ohio staff will make arrangements with award winners to present the award at a date and time that works for the organization to maximize the recognition of the award recipient.  All 2020 Award winners will be more formally celebrated during the 2021 Annual Conference.  Additional details to follow. 

You also will be notified if your nomination is not selected for an award once the slate had been presented to the Board of Directors. Even though not every entry will receive an award, all nominations are carefully considered and often lead to additional opportunities to “tell the story” of member accomplishments through such avenues as our website, media outreach, education events and other means.

The committee reserves the right to move nominations to different categories to consider them where they best fit.  To celebrate this achievement, those programs/individuals that have been selected will be asked to create a two minute video sharing your thoughts and congratulations around receiving this honor. 

Awards Program Questions

If you have questions regarding the Awards Program, please contact:

LeadingAge Ohio Awards Committee Chair
Michele Engelbach
Ohio Eastern Star Home Community
Phone: 740-397-1706


     LeadingAge Ohio Contact
     Jennifer Taylor 
     Director of Member Experience 
     LeadingAge Ohio 
     Phone: 614-545-9028

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