Who founded this award?
A group of women leaders in the animal health industry, including Dr. Linda Rhodes (President), Dr. Diane Larsen (Treasurer), Julia Stephanus (Secretary), Dr. Susan Longhofer, Dr. Lesley Rausch-Derra, and Dr. Kristen Khanna.
Does the organization have members?
No, it is not set up as a membership organization. We do welcome volunteers to help with the planning of the event, publicity and other functions.
Is the award for both US and international women?
Yes, the woman nominees can be from any country.
Can anyone (man or woman) nominate a woman for this award?
Yes, nominations are open from anyone world-wide, and we encourage self-nominations. We do ask that at least one woman write a supportive letter, focusing on the requirement that the nominee has served as a mentor of women.
Who selects the annual winner of the award?
The selection committee for the 2020 award is made up of the Directors of the Feather in Her Cap Association. The selection committee may change from year to year, at the discretion of the Association directors. Serving on the selection committee precludes nomination for the award. Dr. Rhodes has recused herself from being nominated.
How is the organization funded?
The organization is supported financially through ticket sales for the Annual Award Dinner and sponsorships.
Are there any employees of the organization?
No, all directors hold volunteer positions.
Are men welcome at the awards dinner?
Absolutely! We know that leadership in companies in the animal health industry will want to celebrate the achievements of industry women, and hope that they will attend along with their female colleagues.
Who attends the Annual Dinner?
Senior executives from many animal health companies attended the 2019 dinner. Many women, their mentors and friends attended from all sectors of the industry, including distribution, start up companies, and the major industry players.