Sterling Awards 2020 winners


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20 Most Influential Women of West Tennessee


 Outstanding Woman Military Veteran Award

Sue Shelton White, 1887-1943  Sue Shelton White Award


The Sterling Awards 2020: 20 Most Influential Women of West Tennessee, Outstanding Woman Military Veteran Award and Sue Shelton White Award were created by the Jackson Area Business and Professional Women and The Jackson Sun to honor those women in the West Tennessee area who have achieved a significant level of success. Jackson Area BPW continues its 100th Anniversary Celebration through 2020.

 General Criteria

  • Nominee lives or works in West Tennessee outside Shelby County.
  • Nominee is a leader in business or her profession.
  • Nominee serves as a role model to other women in her profession and community.
  • Nominee displays creativity and innovation and contributes these talents to the growth of her profession.
  • Nominee contributes time and energy to community betterment.

The Sue Shelton White Award is given to a female attorney in West Tennessee who is a community activist and who has worked to create or change legislation to improve the lives of women and children in the state of Tennessee.

The Outstanding Woman Military Veteran Award honors a West Tennessee wman who has served her country with distinction and now offers her skills and commitment to her community.


  Nomination forms are due: By noon, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.  The Board of Selectors chooses winners: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.  Winners will be notified: Monday through Friday, Monday, Jan. 27 through Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.

  Winners bios are due by noon on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020; will be given to winners for their approval for magazine on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020; submitted for the Sterling Awards magazine on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

  Winners’ photographs will be taken: In March from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Memorial Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 1573 N Highland Ave, Jackson, TN 38301. The Memorial Hall is the large white columned 1920s’ era home next to the church. Winners will be honored in the Sterling Awards magazine.


E-mail to: Wanda Stanfill, Sterling Awards Director, at; or past director, Jacque Hillman, at Mail to: Middlebrooks & Gary, c/o Jackson Area BPW, P.O. Box 1985, Jackson, TN 38302. Or drop by the new Middlebrooks & Gray PA office at 470 N. Parkway, Suite C, Jackson, 38305.

Save the date for you and your guests to attend the Sterling Awards 2020 awards ceremony and reception honoring 20 Most Influential Women of West Tennessee, the Sue Shelton White Award Winner, and the Outstanding Woman Military Veteran Award, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6 p.m. Location to be updated shortly. No reserved seats. Arrive early as there is usually a full audience.


Sterling Awards 2020 Application

Please check the category that best describes the area of business for the nominee:

___  Government and Public Service

___  Small Business/Entrepreneur  

___  Business and Technology

___  Service (community, non-profit)

___  Education

___  Labor/Manufacturing

___  Healthcare

___  Legal

___  Other ______________________________


____Yes. Retired Military Veteran. Please consider for Outstanding Woman Military Veteran Award.

____Yes. Female attorney. Please consider for Sue Shelton White Award. A community activist who has worked to create or change legislation to improve the lives of women and children in Tennessee.


Note: These categories are provided to indicate that the nominees reflect a wide range of careers and skills. Awards will not be given in each category.


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Nominee’s Name: ______________________________________________


Company: ____________________________ Title: _____________________________


Business Address: ____________________________________________


Home Address: ________________________________________________


Home Phone: ______________ Business Phone: _____________ Cell:_____________


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Submitted By: _____________________________________________________


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  1. Using the above criteria, please attach a 1-page detailed summary stating why this woman is deserving of the Sterling Awards 2020.
  2. If available, please attach a current resume (2 page maximum) for the nominee.
  3. Personal letters recommending the nominee enhance the nominee’s opportunity for selection by highlighting something special you know about this person, above and beyond the resume.