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Awards & Recognition

The work of the Sue Shear Institute to help more women become involved in the public policy process has been recognized throughout the country and the world. The Institute regularly hosts visitors from all over the globe as part of the World Affairs Council's International Visitor Program in conjunction with the U.S. State Department. In addition, Institute Director Vivian Eveloff and Manager Dayna Stock are sought-after speakers by a wide range of community and educational entities. 
Some of these groups include:

American Association of University Women
American Association of Women in Community Colleges
Coro Midwestern Center
Junior League of St. Louis Women in Politics Seminar
Junior League of Springfield, MO
National Association of Women Business Owners Annual Meeting
Washington University Women in Politics Forum
Washington University Women's Leadership Training Institute
Wayne State University, Dauris G. Jackson Women's Leadership Seminar
Women's Forum of North Carolina
Women Lawyers' Association

The following is a list of some of the recognition the Institute has received.

April 21, 2008 
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis' Community Awareness Award

Institute Director Vivian Eveloff is recognized for her dedicated service to the legal profession and the community, particularly as a representative to the Missouri Bar Judicial Evaluation Survey Committee.

April 28, 2006 St. Louis Forum Trailblazer Award 
Institute Director Vivian Eveloff was recognized with a Trailblazer Award by the St. Louis Forum at a luncheon in April at the St. Louis Club. Eveloff was recognized as one of the founders of the St. Louis Forum, which brings together women executives and professionals in the St. Louis area who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields. Established in 1994, the Trailblazer Award recognizes women who have blazed a trail for other women in business, charitable endeavors, the community, and other areas. 

May 23, 2005 Amethyst Award
The Institute's 21st Century Leadership Academy was the recipient of a grant from St. Louis philanthropist Ruth Siteman to establish an award honoring an outstanding Leadership Academy Graduate, known as a Shear Fellow, each year. Siteman has pledged to fund the award, known as the Amethyst Award, which includes a $1,000 unrestricted cash grant, for at least five years. The first Amethyst Award recipient was Kelly Anthony for her work as director of the Missouri Disability Vote Project at Paraquad, Inc. In establishing the award, Siteman said she wanted to honor Shear Fellows who have inspired others by overcoming odds, raising awareness of an issue or simply being a strong voice in their chosen field.

May 8, 2003 FOCUS St. Louis What's Right with the Region Awards
The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life was selected as a winner of a"What's Right With The Region!" Award by FOCUS St. Louis for “demonstrating innovative solutions” to the challenges facing our communities. 2003 marked the sixth year for the “What’s Right” awards, which recognize people and organizations making a difference in the Bi-State region. “It is gratifying for the Institute’s success in diversifying public policy leadership to be recognized,” said Dayna Stock, Manager of the Sue Shear Institute. “We are pleased to receive this award from FOCUS St. Louis, and honored to be among the other outstanding organizations that have been selected.”
The Institute was honored at the “What’s Right With the Region!” Awards event, held at the Sheldon Concert Hall, on May 8.

March 19, 2003 Trailblazer Award
Institute Director Vivian Eveloff was honored with a Trailblazer Award, sponsored by the University of Missouri - St. Louis' Office of Equal Opportunity. The Trailblazer Award is given to women students, faculty, staff and alumnae who were the first to hold positions traditionally held by men or who have created new paths for other women and have made an "outstanding contribution" to UM-St. Louis.

March 2, 2000 - Women's Justice Awards
The work of the Sue Shear Institute was recognized at the second annual Women's Justice Awards banquet when Institute Director and Founder Vivian Eveloff was honored as the recipient of the Citizenship Award. The Instiute's efforts to encourage more women to apply for judgeships and to promote women members for the Judicial Selection commissions were among the accomplishments recognized by the selection committee. The Women's Justice Awards are sponsored by The St. Louis Daily Record, The Bar Plan, Casey & Meyerkord, The Halloran Law Firm, and Gray & Ritter, P.C.

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