The Chattanooga Times Free Press presents the Chattanooga Nautilus Awards, celebrating strength, leadership & courage in women. The purpose of the awards is to honor individuals providing or advocating for increased opportunities for women of all ages. Nominations will be accepted through July 3rd and finalists will be contacted by July 8th. An awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the She, An Expo for Women event July 16th and 17th. We look forward to celebrating and honoring outstanding women in the Chattanooga community.


The Navigator for Entrepreneurship will be presented to a local, female business owner who is a member-investor of the Chattanooga Area Chamber. The business should have been operating for at least three years but not more than ten years. The Navigator for Entrepreneurship “steers” her way in life by instituting best practices for women in the workplace. She should possess a trailblazing spirit of entrepreneurship while serving as an inspiration to women.
The Lightkeeper may be a woman or a man who has made signifi cant contributions to the issues aff ecting women and/or girls through grassroots efforts. The recipient will demonstrate that everyone has something to contribute and may have even overcome adversity. Just as a lightkeeper has an important job in maintaining a lighthouse, The Lightkeeper will be a person who keeps her or his company or organization operating efficiently without public fanfare.
The Pearl of Promise will be presented to a high school senior female graduating in 2012 who demonstrates a strong scholastic aptitude in science and math. The recipient must possess a defined career goal, strong leadership skills and be a positive influence among peers. The recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
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