The annual award, organized by OPGA, is open to all women who work in the profession. Nominators are encouraged to provide examples of how a nominee has made significant contributions throughout her career to serve her patients, community, business and the O&P profession.
Nominations must be submitted by July 15 and can be made online by visiting the OPGA website at www.vgm.com/oandpwomanoftheyear.
The 2022 O&P Woman of the Year Award winner will be selected by a committee of O&P professionals, and the winner of this award will be announced during the AOPA National Assembly, which runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
“We’re excited to continue recognizing the women in O&P who create impactful and positive experiences for the patients and communities they serve. We hope to not only highlight existing leaders, but also inspire action and mentorship to grow the O&P architects of tomorrow,” said Todd Eagen, president of OPGA, a division of VGM & Associates. “There are so many deserving candidates out there. We all know a woman who exemplifies everything that is exceptional about the O&P community, so take a moment and nominate someone today.”
In 2021, Ashlie White, director of Health Policy and Strategic Alliances for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association, was selected from a group of outstanding women as the fifth O&P Woman of the Year.
“I first met Ashlie at the 2015 lower limb LCD hearing in Baltimore,” Eagen said. “Since then, she has become a national leader for the O&P profession advocating for positive legislation. Ashlie has played a key role in recent congressional wins, and I couldn’t be happier that she has been recognized as the 2021 O&P Woman of the Year.”
For more information about the O&P Woman of the Year Award, including criteria and the nomination form, visit www.vgm.com/oandpwomanoftheyear.