Call for Nominations: 2019 Terri McNorton SHSMD Rising Star Award

The SHSMD Rising Star Award recognizes health care strategy professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding promise in their respective fields. Established in 2014, this award shines a spotlight on SHSMD members who are on their way to making significant contributions to their profession and the SHSMD membership.

Over the years, the Society has acknowledged and honored individual members' influence, impact and memory. This year we will be honoring Terri McNorton, a longtime member of the society and outstanding professional who made countless contributions to SHSMD during her distinguished career. SHSMD is dedicating the 2019 Rising Star award to her memory and we will reflect on her legacy at the 2019 annual conference award ceremony.

In addition to being recognized at the SHSMD Connections Annual Conference, the recipient/s of the 2019 award will receive the following:

  • Complimentary registration to SHSMD Connections 2019 in Nashville, 8–11, 2019 ($895 value)
  • Complimentary registrations to three SHSMD U Online Courses in the 12 months following their receipt of the award ($1,050 value)

Nomination Deadline: April 30, 2019 
(Self-Nominations Accepted)


Nominees must be SHSMD members in good standing:

  • Under the age of 40 (as of October 7, 2019)
  • Currently working in the health care strategy professions: marketing, public relations / communications, strategic planning, or physician relations
  • With at least two years’ experience in a health care provider organization

Award Criteria

  • Exceptional Personal Qualities (25%)
    Evidence of the nominee's exceptional personal qualities and integrity, considering the values of our profession and those of SHSMD; engagement in professional/community service on a local, regional and/or national level
  • Potential for Leadership (20%)
    Demonstrated potential for leadership based on their participation in professional and/or community organizations, publication in professional literature, professional public speaking and/or mentoring of other professionals
  • Innovation (15%)
    Demonstrates curiosity, creativity and nimbleness to exceed the rate of change (identified in Bridging Worlds) through innovative use of solid marketing, public relations and/or planning techniques, including—but not limited to—new product development, product line management, sales, community relations, environmental analysis, competitor assessment, needs assessment, forecasting or network development (e.g., creating new/novel partnerships, drawing and applying examples from other industries, etc.) 

Nomination Process
Nominations may be submitted by former or current colleagues; nominators need not be SHSMD members. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must include a letter of recommendation from a senior leader (director-level or above). Self-nominations also require a second letter of recommendation. The letter/s should address the nominee’s personal qualities and potential for leadership, providing specific examples of the candidate’s qualifications and achievements. The nominee’s professional resumé or CV is also required at the time of nomination.

To nominate a colleague or yourself, please complete this online form no later than April 30, 2019. We recommend that you preview the form via this link

View the official rules for the SHSMD Rising Star Award.