Nominate the 2019 Woman of the Year!


This year, we invite you to help nominate candidates for WAN’s 2019 Woman of the Year, to be recognized at the Holiday Party. The intention of the Woman of the Year award is to celebrate the growing accomplishments of women in the water/ocean sector, to expose the WAN community to strong female leaders in the aquatic sphere, and to learn from her career and personal journey.

Previous Women of the Year:

2015: Dr. Kathy Sullivan (Then National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

2016: Christy Goldfuss (Then White House Council for Environmental Quality)

2017: Dr. Marcia McNutt (National Academies of Science)

2018: Dr. Nancy Knowlton (Smithsonian)

Please submit nominations who fit the following criteria that the WAN Executive Board has used in past years to select the Woman of the Year.

Nominations will close at 11:59pm on July 2.

This individual:

  • Is a woman, or self identifies as female;

  • Has had meaningful and impactful accomplishments in the marine, aquatic, or coastal fields, recognizing that women are not always recognized through traditional leadership positions or accolades; and

  • Brings new perspectives and insights to the WAN community.

The final Woman of the Year selection will be made by the WAN Executive Board based on all input provided. If you have any questions about the nomination or selection process, please contact