Nominations for the 2020 Awards will open soon!

Each year, NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation accept nominations for Equity Leaders in several categories and honors the awardees during a special ceremony at the National Summit for Educational Equity. 

NAPE Diversity in Technology Leadership Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose:  To recognize a leader in a technology, engineering, or IT field, career, or business who demonstrates (1) the power of diversity of thought to improve the education experience for all; (2) an appreciation for the importance of diverse minds to strengthen and broaden business solutions; (3) an understanding of value of diversity in building, growing, and/or sustaining entrepreneurship or business development to ensure innovative design and use; and (4) the ability to serve as a role model to the national community of excellence in leadership as a representative in a nontraditional field.

Eligibility: Any woman* who works in a high-tech business or commercial organization.  She does not need to be affiliated with a NAPE member organization.

Number Given:  1

Ideal Candidate:  Any woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations, including leadership and exceptional results in community-related work, and  has used the advancement to promote for others equal access, full equity, and broad diversity in her business or community.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be judged based on their embodiment of these NAPE Foundation values:

  • Collaborative, Diverse: (1) Mentors others above, below, and at the same level within their organization and (2) Develops future leaders in her profession and/or community
  • Innovative, Agile: (1) Demonstrates ability to create and implement a vision for her team; (2) Has a record of successfully motivating employees, colleagues, and community members; (3) Exhibits innovative methods of motivating and mentoring employees, colleagues, and/or community members; and (4) Possesses an understanding of the power of technology and its ability to move her business or community forward to promote access, equity, and diversity
  • Data Driven: Demonstrates success at implementing or promoting technology, management principles, or processes that promote access, equity, and diversity.

* Why is this award focused on females? NAPE has a long history of support for a more equitable, diverse workforce. By shining a spotlight on successful female leaders in male-dominated technology careers, NAPE is providing national role models with the potential to  inspire others to achieve their dreams in nontraditional fields such as information technology or engineering.

2018 Diversity in Technology Leadership award winner
Ellen Barker

Past Years’ Awardees: 

NAPE Unsung Hero Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To honor a person who manages (or has managed) major projects or programs, works in the trenches daily, and makes (or had made) a major impact on people’s lives by ensuring access, equity, and diversity in education leading to high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand jobs, particularly in nontraditional fields.

Eligibility: Any person who works in government, education/academia, business, or a nonprofit who has received little to no recognition for the work done. They must be from a NAPE member organization that has served as a collaborative partner.

Number Given:  1

Ideal Candidate:  Any person who has advanced the career and technology education or workforce achievement of others through their job or community activities thereby transforming their workplace, community, business, industry, or field beyond typical performance expectations. The ideal candidate for this category should be thoroughly involved (or was involved) in initiative(s) on a daily basis.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be judged based on their embodiment of the NAPE and NAPE Foundation values:

  • Collaborative, Diverse: (1) Mentors others above, below, and at the same level within their organization and (2) Develops future leaders in his or her profession and/or community.
  • Innovative, Agile: (1) Is a trailblazer who has demonstrated an ability to create and implement a vision for their domain without requiring recognition; (2) Has a record of successfully motivating employees, colleagues, and/or community members; (3) Mentors colleagues and/or staff, and contributes to industry, government, or the larger community; and (4) Demonstrates “pioneering efforts” that demonstrate courage but do not necessarily have a successful outcome.
  • Outcome Driven: Demonstrates success of academic or workforce achievement that has been largely unnoticed but has had a powerful impact in the daily lives of people.

NAPE Rising Star Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To honor a person with 10 years or less of work experience, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership traits at an early career point to promote access, equity, and/or diversity in education and/or the workforce.

Eligibility:  Any person from government, industry, nonprofit, or education/academia who is in the beginning career stages.  They must be a NAPE member or from an organization that has served as a collaborative partner with NAPE.

Number Given:  1

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate has distinguished themselves from peers by promoting access, equity, and diversity in the workplace or community and has demonstrated through actions that they embrace the NAPE belief that access to diverse human brain power will help to solve global challenges.

Selection Criteria:  Candidates will be determined based on their embodiment of these NAPE values:

Collaborative, Diverse

  • Has undertaken significant tasks that promote equity, access, and diversity at local, state or national levels
  • Has a record of inclusion: ensures diversity in program advisement, planning, and organization of programs
  • Participates in the larger equity community
  • Develops future leaders in his or her profession and/or community
  • Provides a vital service to his or her community demonstrating character in alignment with the values and mission of NAPE
  • Demonstrates leadership skills with the ability to operate effectively in a team or unassisted, contributing positively to organization operations and working relationships

Innovative, Agile

  • Brings value to NAPE by offering new ideas, programs, or mechanisms to foster NAPE’s mission and values
  • Challenges the status quo
  • Has made a contribution to the workplace by showing innovation in planning and implementing a successful project

Outcome Driven

  • Demonstrates ability to create and implement programs and procedures to improve educational equity
  • What has the candidate done to separate him or herself from peers?
  • Is the candidate a risk taker?
  • Is the candidate willing to advocate for others less fortunate or less in a position to advocate for themselves?
  • Has the candidate participated in the larger equity community?  If so, how?
  • Has the nominee challenged the status quo?

NAPE Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To honor an individual who has shown exemplary dedication to the NAPE organization and its mission.

Eligibility: A person who is now or has previously worked with NAPE and/or NAPE Education Foundation community.

Number Given:  1

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate is a person who has been an active, committed member of NAPE for a sustained period of time and has been instrumental in the development or growth of the organization from a national or state perspective.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be determined based on their embodiment of these NAPE values:

Collaborative, Diverse

  • Has demonstrated commitment to NAPE’s values by providing opportunities to members of all Special Population groups.
  • Has contributed to NAPE’s commitment to equity, access, and diversity through leadership efforts at the local, state or national levels.
  • Committed to the values of NAPE and its Education Foundation and works to further the missions either through NAPE or its Education Foundation, through their own work, or through a collaborative effort.

Innovative, Agile

  • Has contributed to NAPE’s ability to grow and sustain itself as an organization while maintaining values of equity, access, diversity.
  • Exhibits innovative methods of motivating and mentoring members.
  • The individual’s leadership has impacted an issue or cause in the community or furthered the work of NAPE

Outcome Driven

  • Uses data to help drive NAPE’s mission and values.
  • Has ownership and accountability for the projects/roles taken on behalf of NAPE/NAPE Education Foundation’s mission and has demonstrated results.

NAPE Teamwork Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose:  Education team that was successful in promoting access and equity to achieve diversity in career and technical education (CTE).

Number Given:  1

Eligibility: Any team of educators and/or their partners that serve CTE students.   The team does not need to be affiliated with NAPE as a member organization.

Ideal Candidates: The ideal team has distinguished itself from peers by promoting access, equity, and diversity in CTE education and has demonstrated through actions that they embrace the NAPE belief that access to diverse human brain power will help to solve global challenges.

Selection Criteria: Candidates must provide clear metrics that demonstrate success in their program or student outcome and will be judged based on their embodiment of the NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation values.

Collaborative, Diverse:

  • Develops and strengthens relationships within the profession and/or community by joining efforts to further common goals.
  • Works effectively as part of a team to successfully accomplish a task or goal in support of its vision and mission.
  • Builds effective collaborative relationships across the organization to define and solve problems or reach agreements on a course of action while considering multiple perspectives.

Innovative, Agile:

  • Demonstrates ability to create and implement a vision for the team.
  • Displays initiative and persistence in working to overcome barriers by adapting activities or approaches, even in challenging situations.

Outcome Driven:

  • Supports knowledge sharing and efforts toward analysis of outcomes by using data.
  • Encourages effective group problem solving, critical thinking, planning, and decision making.
Roseburg High School 2019

Past Winners: 

Public Policy Leadership Award

Awarded by NAPE

This two-pronged award recognizes a legislator and an advocate who works in public policy in a nonpartisan capacity to reflect that enacting gender-friendly government policies at a state or national level requires a synergy between the two groups. These recipients have a record of accomplishment in advancing public policy agendas, have served as a mentor to many, and have shown courage to pioneer new ways to promote gender equity despite the risk of resistance.

Purpose: To honor a person who is working to promote access, equity and diversity in government policies at the national or state level.

Eligibility: Any person who works in public policy or the public sector.  He or she does not need to be a NAPE member.

Number Given:  2

Ideal Candidate:  Any person who has accelerated or advanced policy that benefits underserved or underrepresented populations to become better educated and more likely to be self-sufficient.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be judged based on their embodiment of the NAPE values:

  • Collaborative, Diverse: (1) Mentors others above, below and at the same level and (2) develops future leaders in her profession and/or community.
  • Innovative, Non-partisan, Agile: (1) Has a record of successfully motivating community members to advance a public policy agenda; (2) exhibits innovative methods of motivating and mentoring others to promote and advance a public policy agenda; and (3) demonstrates “pioneering efforts” that display courage but do not always have a successful outcome.
  • Outcome Driven: Demonstrates success at implementing or promoting policy initiatives that advance access, equity, and diversity in education and in the workforce.

Past Winners: 

Congratulations to the 2019 Public Policy Leadership award winners Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Emerita/Emeritus Award

Awarded by NAPE

Purpose: The Emerita/Emeritus Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated a great deal of time and effort to NAPE through active membership, service on the Executive Committee, or provision of equivalent services to advance the organization’s growth,  skill level, or leadership capacity. Emerita/Emeritus Awardees shall be honored with a personal membership in the organization (as opposed to state or affiliate membership). They shall be considered as a valued mentor and be kept apprised of NAPE’s development. From time to time, They may be invited to play a continued role in advocating for NAPE or consulted for particular knowledge and abilities.

Number Given: 1

Eligibility: The awardee must be retired from employment in an equity-related capacity and

  • Must have been an active member of NAPE for a minimum of five years prior to retirement; and
  • Must be nominated for the award by a member of NAPE in good standing.

Criteria: The emerita/emeritus membership may be awarded by the NAPE Executive Committee to individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • Must have served as a member of the Executive Committee for a minimum of three years, OR
  • Provided NAPE with services deemed to be of substantial value to the organization, such as the development of equity resource materials, presentations at the Professional Development Institute, or other contributions as determined by the Executive Committee

2017 Emerita Award Winner
Mary Bunn

NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation honor the award winners each year at the National Summit for Educational Equity.

If you have any feedback on the awards website or process, please contact Award Committee Chair, Randall Butt at randall.butt@wyo.gov.