Distinguished Social Worker/Public Service Award Announcements

NASW-WI is soliciting nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Social Worker and 2023 Public Service Awards. These awards will be presented at the 2023 Annual Conference Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Friday October 27th at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, over the noon hour.

To nominate an individual for one of these awards, please include her/his name, current place of employment, address and telephone number. In no more than 500 words, please explain your reasons for nominating this person. You may include up to 3 letters of support. Also include your name, address and phone number.

The qualifications for the Distinguished Social Worker include: 

1)Has a degree in social work at the BSW, MSW or doctoral level; 2) Is an outstanding professional in her/his field of practice; 3) Practices social work in the State of Wisconsin.

Qualifications for the Public Service Award include:

1) Supports social work values and ideals in the pursuit of social and economic justice; 2) Her/his work impacts on the people in the State of Wisconsin; 3) Is not a social worker.

Candidates for these awards will be rated on the following criteria: 

1) Magnitude of impact of nominee's work; 2) Timeliness of nomination; 3) Importance of recognition of issue area; and 4) Diversity of nominee and client population. Separately, the Distinguished Social Worker nominees will also be rated on whether they are ".an outstanding professional in her/his field of practice," and the Public Service nominees will be evaluated on whether they "support social work values and ideals in the pursuit of social and economic justice."

After we receive your nomination, we will contact the nominee and request a resume. We will not inform the nominee that you were the nominator, but you are free to do so if you wish.

Please email your nomination to mherstand.naswwi@socialworkers. Please submit your nominations by September 30th.


NASW-WI is soliciting nominations for the 2023 Lifetime Achievement award. This award will be presented at the 2023 NASW-WI Annual Conference Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 27th, over the noon hour.

The NASW-WI Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates a lifetime of accomplishments in the practice of social work in the member’s career.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Be a member of the NASW Wisconsin Chapter in good standing (upholding the Code of Ethics).
  2. Have a minimum of twenty years of experience in the field of social work.
  3. Have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in the social work community.
  4. Represent NASW Mission and the Wisconsin Chapter’s vision.
  5. Exemplify social work values and ethics.
  6. Make a demonstrable difference in such areas as:
    1. Enhancing Social Justice
    2. Encouraging Cultural Diversity
    3. Promoting Community Service
    4. Advancing the Social Work Practice
    5. Advocating on behalf of the Profession of Social Work and the Clients We Serve
  7. Contribute to local, regional, and/or national social work practice development and NASW Wisconsin Chapter.
  8. Be recognized beyond the social work profession.
  9. Have demonstrated outstanding service to the social work field by virtue of work in clinical, educational, political, and administrative arenas.

Nomination Procedure

Nomination application and information must be emailed to by September 30, 2023. If you have any further questions, please contact Marc Herstand, Executive Director NASW Wisconsin Chapter, at (608) 257-6334. Nominations should be submitted by email with the following information:

  • Two-page summary of demonstrated contributions listing each of the following and attributes listed in Nomination Guidelines:
    • What has the nominee accomplished?
    • What is outstanding about the nominee’s achievements?
    • What challenges did the nominee face to achieve results?
  • Curriculum vita or resume
  • Up to three letters of support can be included in the application