NSGC Leadership Award Descriptions
Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award
The Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award is the most distinguished honor within the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). This award, bestowed annually, honors one outstanding member who has served NSGC with exemplary national achievements and volunteer activities on behalf of NSGC and the profession.
The award was named in honor of Natalie Weissberger Paul who retired in 1993 after a long career with the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. A long-time advocate for genetic counselors and NSGC, she was instrumental in promoting the profession in its early years and in securing financial support for numerous initial projects and publications. Together with the Paul Family, NSGC established this award in 1994. Mrs. Paul died in January 1996.
As the leading voice, authority and advocate for the genetic counseling profession, the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) is composed of numerous networks of committees, task forces, SIGs and individual members. Through the continuous efforts of these dedicated professionals, NSGC is able to grow and improve as an organization with each passing year. The annual NSGC Leadership Awards will acknowledge the actions and behaviors of exemplary genetic counselors, as well as recognizing volunteers for their contributions.
Criteria: This award shall be bestowed upon an individual whose contributions to the profession have reached an international scope. Priority consideration will be given to NSGC members who live and work outside of the US, but any NSGC member in good standing may be nominated for this award. Examples of activities include:
- Expanding the reach of genetic counseling services outside the United States. Expansion of services could include, but is not limited to, the establishment of genetic counseling training programs or clinics outside the United States.
- Significant contribution to education of lay/healthcare communities regarding genetics/genetic counseling/genetic technology in an international venue
- Significant contribution to research involving genetics/genetic counseling in an international venue
Criteria: This award recognizes one outstanding NSGC member in good standing who has demonstrated leadership and/or exemplary achievements in cultural competency in genetic counseling. Candidates will be considered based on one or more of the following broad criteria:
- Significant contributions to improving cultural competence in any genetic counseling practice/specialty area(s), research, industry, and/or training.
- Achievements may include, but are not limited to: increasing minority recruitment in the field genetic counseling, working with culturally diverse populations, providing multi-lingual genetic counseling services, coordinating/conducting research with underserved populations, developing/disseminating health literacy resources, making significant educational contributions to increase cultural awareness in the profession, and/or other activities.
- Significant contributions in addressing/eliminating health care disparities in genetics/genomics/genetic counseling.
New Leader Award
Criteria: This award shall be presented to a new genetic counselor who has shown significant initiative in her/his contributions to NSGC and to the profession. Eligible candidates shall have graduated within the 5 years prior to the time of nomination and must be current members of NSGC. Since joining NSGC the member has done one or a combination of the following:
- Made significant contributions to a committee, SIG or task force
- Participated significantly in mentoring of genetic counseling students
- Expanded the reach of genetic counseling services/genetic counselors within the medical community (i.e. created a new subspecialty)
- Made significant contributions to education of lay/healthcare communities regarding genetics/genetic counseling/genetic technology
- Made significant contribution to research involving genetics/genetic counseling
Outstanding Volunteer Award
Criteria: Outstanding Volunteer Awards shall be presented to two candidates for exceptional contribution and volunteerism to NSGC. Candidates must be current members of NSGC. Candidates will be considered based on the following activities:
- Volunteered at the national level on one or more committee(s), task force(s) and or specific project(s) during the specified time frame
- Made considerable contributions toward the progress of the designated committee(s) during the specified time frame
- Went above and beyond the expected duty of his/her position
- The strongest candidates will have made significant contributions to NSGC beyond the specified time frame
Strategic Leader Award
Criteria: Strategic Leadership Awards shall be presented to two outstanding candidates who the Awards Sub-Committee believes promote the genetic counseling profession as a recognized and integral part of health care delivery, through such avenues as education, research and public policy. Candidates must be current members of NSGC. When submitting candidates for nomination, the nominator should consider the methods of NSGC's current strategic plan. Examples of activities include:
- Demonstration of strategic thinking and leadership skills through his or her work with NSGC
- Significant contributions to the goals of NSGC as related to the strategic plan