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Women of Distinction Ceremony

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Check back for more information about our 2019 Women of Distinction Awards ceremony, where our awardees will share their advice, inspiration, and experience with the leaders of tomorrow. After hearing their remarkable stories, attendees will have the opportunity to meet our Women of Distinction face-to-face during a reception immediately following the ceremony.

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Check out the amazing women we’ve honored at past Women of Distinction ceremonies! You can also read about our incredible 2018 Women of Distinction here.

2018 Women of Distinction

Simone Askew

Education: Bachelor of Science, West Point, Class of 2018

Occupation: First Captain, West Point

Carrie Goldberg, Esq.

Education: Vassar College; Juris Doctor, Brooklyn Law School

Occupation: Founder, C.A. Goldberg PLLC

Aisha Bowe

Education: Bachelor of Science, Engineering, and M.Eng. in Space Systems Engineering, University of Michigan

Occupation: Co-founder and CEO, STEMBoard

Carmen Perez

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz

Occupation: Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice; co-founder, Justice League NYC and founder of Justice League CA; National Co-Chair of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington

Meet the 2017 Women of Distinction

Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting at Pixar

Rosie Rios

Occupation: 43rd Treasurer of the United States

Education: Harvard University, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley

Watching highlights from Rosie’s speech!

Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography for Lighting at Pixar

Danielle Feinberg

Occupation: Director of Photography for Lighting at Pixar

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University

Website: daniellefeinberg.com

Twitter: @dafeinberg

Watch highlights from Danielle’s speech!

Amanda Nguyen

Occupation: President and Founder of Rise

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University

Twitter: @nguyen_amanda

Watch highlights from Amanda’s speech!

Crystal Valentine

Occupation: Author and Poet

Education: Bachelor of Arts, New York University

Website: www.facebook.com/Crystal-Valentine-567271300071592

Watch highlights from Crystal’s speech!


Women of Distinction Award Criteria

The Women of Distinction Awards are presented annually by AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) to women who

  • Exhibit leadership and pave the way for women in their fields of expertise
  • Serve as role models and/or mentors to women and girls
  • Advocate positive social change that helps close the gender leadership gap and creates a more equitable society
  • Are committed to advancing all women regardless of background and work to amplify diverse voices
  • Give back to their field through their time, talent, and resources

Women of Distinction Selection Process

NCCWSL presents the Women of Distinction Awards to women who have made outstanding achievement in their fields. Awards are presented to women who represent diverse identities, ages, occupations, and passions.

Event History and Past Award Recipients

For more than 30 years, NCCWSL has awarded the Women of Distinction Award to groundbreaking women working across a range of fields, from science and engineering to art and government. See the complete list of remarkable NCCWSL Women of Distinction awardees since 1985.

Photography and Promotion

Photographers and videographers will be covering this event to promote future conferences and programs. If you do not wish to be photographed or videotaped, please let the photographers/videographers know. For more information on AAUW’s photo policy, email nccwsl@aauw.org.