The nomination period for the 6th Annual McKnight’s Women of Distinction program is at its midpoint, a good timeto pull together key materials soon if they haven’t been already, organizers remind.

The program honors outstanding leaders in three experience categories. 

Eligible for recognition in the sector’s prestigious competition are women working as executives, managers, direct care providers and owners in independent living, assisted living, memory care and life plan communities. Also eligible are those working in those capacities in skilled nursing facilities and in home care, home health, hospice and palliative care. 

Women who serve the fields indirectly — for instance as association staff members, academicians or thought leaders — also are eligible for recognition. Individuals working for vendor companies serving the industry are not eligible.

The program is jointly sponsored by McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, McKnight’s Senior Living and McKnight’s Home Care. It will culminate with a grand awards ceremony and banquet in Chicago in May 2024.

The primary categories are the Hall of Honor (for senior level professionals), Veteran VIPs (for long-time leaders) and Rising Stars (for less experienced individuals). There also will be a Lifetime Achievement Award honoree and others receiving the McKnight’s Spirit Award.

“With the year-end holidays approaching, it’s a great time to consult the entry form and realize how easy it is to get a respected colleague, mentor or friend entered,” said John O’Connor, McKnight’s vice president and editorial director. “A little bit of preparation goes a long way.”

Nominators are encouraged to provide detailed qualitative and quantitative information about nominees’ work histories, exceptional achievements and contributions or service, extracurricular highlights and anything else the judging panel should consider.

The first deadline for nominations for the Rising Star, Veteran VIP and Hall of Honor categories is Friday, Jan. 5. Nominations submitted between Jan. 6 and Jan. 9 will add a $20 late fee.

A Lifetime Achievement Award winner also will be named by organizers.

All honorees will be celebrated at an in-person event on Tuesday, May 14, in Chicago that also will recognize inductees from previous years. Some information about the event, which also will include educational sessions, is available now at Additional details will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the awards, or to submit a nomination for them, visit

Questions should be directed to Amanda Hassler, director of events for Haymarket Media, the parent company of McKnight’s, at [email protected].

Read about previous award winners here. See lists of previous classes of honorees here.