• NACE Awards Program

    NACE is accepting submissions for the 2015 NACE Awards program from November 18, 2014, through January 31, 2015. Finalists for NACE Awards will be notified in the spring, and winners will be announced during the NACE 2015 Conference in June.

    NACE Awards provide honors and recognition for yourself, your staff, and your organization through acknowledgment at the NACE Conference and in NACE publications.

    The NACE Awards honor members' outstanding achievements in the career services and HR/staffing professions in the following categories:

    For organizations:

    For individuals:

    • Members' Choice Award-Awarded to an individual who addressed a challenge, problem or issue facing our profession with an innovative change or improvement. (For either a career services or employer member.)
    • Mentor of the Year Award-Recognizes an individual who has selflessly demonstrated leadership and the ability to serve as a quality mentor to one or more individuals. (One award for either a career services or employer member.)
    • Volunteer Meritorious Service Award-Acknowledges a NACE member who has contributed unselfishly of their time and talent to give back to NACE and the profession. (One award for either a career services or employer member.)
    • NACE/DirectEmployers Catalyst Award-This award, sponsored by DirectEmployers Association, honors excellence, leadership, and innovation among university relations and recruiting professionals who represent the future of the profession. The recipient is awarded $1,500, compliments of DirectEmployers. Eligibility requirements: The award is open to individuals in university relations and recruiting who hold NACE membership; the individual may have up to four years of experience in the field (can be combination of career services/university relations). Nominate a colleague. Self-nominate.
    • NACE/Spelman Johnson Group Rising Star Award ($1,500 provided by SJG)-Awarded to an individual with 4-7 years of experience who has demonstrated strong leadership potential and contributions to the career services profession and the NACE organization. (For a career services member.)
    • The Kauffman Award-Acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of Warren E. Kauffman, who served the association for more than 30 years. The recipient is recognized for making a tangible contribution to NACE that significantly improved the association. (For career services and employer members, or other individuals who have served the profession.)
    • Academy of Fellows-Recognizes individual(s) who have contributed to the profession through the advancement of knowledge, leadership, or excellence in professional practice. (For career services and employer members, or other individuals who have served the profession.) FAQ.


    • All current NACE members are eligible to submit for an award.
    • To ensure the integrity of the NACE Awards Program, Honors and Awards Committee members abstain from submitting for an award on behalf of their organization and withdraw from the ranking and voting process in any category in which an award entry is received from their respective organization. Those serving on the NACE Board of Directors also abstain from submitting award entries on behalf of their respective organizations.


    Please contact Cecelia Nader at NACE, cnader@naceweb.org.