Raising the Bar Conference

2018 Workforce Development Professionals Awards

New for 2018!  Do you know someone who “Raises the Bar” in their approach and delivery of customer-centered service?  How about someone whose leadership has led to enhanced partnerships and positive outcomes for the workforce system or someone whose creativity and innovation are making a difference in meeting industry demands?  Or someone who is providing quality workforce solutions to businesses?  Then nominate them so they can be recognized for their efforts and successes!

Deadline to nominate:  March 23, 2018

Nomination Process

Anyone who is part of the workforce delivery system in Maryland is eligible to be nominated.  Individuals must be nominated by someone who can fully describe the candidate’s qualities as it relates to the award categories.  Nomination forms are due by March 23, 2018.  Click on the corresponding category link to the “Nomination Form” in the chart below to complete your nomination.

Review Process

MWA will have a review panel who will make the decisions based on the criteria and quality of the nominations.  Nominees are scored based on achievement, circumstances or challenges faced, and the demonstration of professionalism in the field of workforce development. One winner in each category will be selected and announced at the Raising the Bar Conference April 19-20, 2018.  


Raising the Bar in: Customer Service

Excellence and passion for quality and customer-centric approach; Demonstrates a non-siloed approach to serving customers; Has proven track record of positive feedback from workforce system/center customers.

Eligibility: Frontline workforce staff/American Job Center staff; Case managers; Employment professionals

Nomination Form

Raising the Bar in: Leadership

Excellence in leadership, capacity building, leading effective partnerships, program development and delivery (with outcomes)

Eligibility: Workforce development professionals in leadership roles

Nomination Form

Raising the Bar in: Innovation

Unique program development, excellence in using data and industry/sector-driven models, public-private partnerships to solve 21st-century workforce challenges

Eligibility: WIOA partners, workforce intermediaries, experienced workforce professionals, program managers/leaders

Nomination Form

Raising the Bar in: Business Services Excellence

Delivers viable, quality workforce solutions that meet businesses’ needs; Excellence in consultative approaches and demonstrated a capacity to listen and deliver business-driven solutions.

Eligibility: Any business services focused staff 

Nomination Form

Raising the Bar in: Support

Demonstrates a consistent level of excellence in support of program implementation and service development; Collaborates with front-line staff and management to support service delivery and workforce programs.

Eligibility: Program assistants, fiscal staff, communications, outreach staff, HR staff, compliance & policy staff

Nomination Form