Linda McFerrin Award Nomination Form

Linda McFerrin Award Nomination Form

The Diversity Leadership Society’s annual Linda McFerrin Award was established in 2018 by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s Board Chair Cory Nettles and his wife Michelle. The award recognizes an outstanding African American nonprofit executive who has provided exemplary leadership in the community.

Like Linda, individuals honored through this award have made extraordinary strides in leadership, volunteerism, mentoring, and philanthropy in greater Milwaukee and Waukesha’s nonprofit community. Award winners are publicly announced on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and recognized at United Way’s Annual Meeting, which is held in February.

The recipient of this annual award will be chosen by United Way’s Diversity Leadership Society and a $5,000 grant will be made by United Way to the organization they represent.

Criteria:

  • Rock star nonprofit leader with a deep commitment to advancing their organization and the community.
  • Lives and works in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, or Waukesha county.
  • Has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and commitment to philanthropy.

2019 nomination period: September 16 – December 13, 2019

Form and recommendation letter(s) must be received by: 5:00pm CST on December 13, 2019

Public announcement: January 20, 2020 (MLK Day)

Recognition: United Way Annual Meeting, February 27, 2020

 

Nominee:

First Name:

Last Name:

Title:

Organization:

Address:

City, State, Zip:

Phone:

Email:

Age of Nominee (optional):


 

Nominating Party (if different than the nominee):

First Name:

Last Name:

Title:

Organization:

Address:

City, State, Zip:

Phone:

Email:

How did you hear about the Linda McFerrin Award nomination opportunity?
United Way Newsletter
Business Journal Ad
Diversity Leadership Society Email
Diversity Leadership Society Council Member
United Way Website
Other:

United Way’s Diversity Leadership Society members work to ensure every family in the counties of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington has the opportunity to flourish; no matter their diversity of thought, gender, age, ethnicity, and geography, and commit to making it happen through their leadership contributions, advocacy and volunteerism. They GIVE by investing in our community through United Way, they ADVOCATE by being champions for United Way, and they VOLUNTEER by giving of their time.

How does your nominee GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER in our community? Please answer the following questions about your nominee:

  1. GIVE
    Please identify the nonprofit, religious, and/or educational institutions the candidate supports through financial contributions (gift amounts not required).
  2. ADVOCATE
    Please describe how the candidate has impacted local organizations and what distinguishes them as a leader in our local nonprofit community.
  3. VOLUNTEER
    Please list the nonprofit, religious, and/or educational institutions for which the candidate has volunteered. Please distinguish between professional and personal commitments.

(Optional) Please submit a brief biography or resume along with this nomination form. Include any additional information you feel is relevant that will distinguish your nominee for this award.
 

Please submit two letters of recommendation and a headshot for this nominee.

Please list the recommending party/ies:

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Letters of recommendation, headshot, and any supporting information can be emailed directly to Samantha Mitchell at smitchell@unitedwaygmwc.org.

 

Special thanks to our Linda McFerrin Award sponsors:

Cory L. Nettles
Founder and Managing Director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Board Chair

Michelle Nettles
Chief People and Culture Officer of ManpowerGroup

 

About Linda McFerrin

Linda dedicated 42 years to United Way, holding 11 different positions, and retired as the Vice President of Resource Development. Linda modestly credits her personal success to the strong support of her family, leadership at United Way, volunteers, staff/loaned executives, company ambassadors, members of organized labor, and individuals that contribute to the United Way campaign. In 2015, United Way credited Linda with overseeing the merger of the campaign teams from United Way in Waukesha County and United Way of Greater Milwaukee, combining best practices and increasing efficiencies with an aim of raising even more dollars to invest in the community.

Linda has one son, Dominic. Dominic and his wife, Dionna, have three children. Linda said she has channeled most of her life into raising her son and helping United Way succeed.

© 2019 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.
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