Ald. Milele Coggs
Press Release

Nominations now being accepted for 2021 Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award


By - Feb 5th, 2021 01:45 pm

The Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award is bestowed annually to recognize a female city resident who exemplifies Vel R. Phillips’ legacy of selfless service and trailblazing work toward improving the quality of life for residents in Milwaukee. Nominations for the 2021 Vel R. Phillips Trailblazer Award are now being accepted until the close of business on Friday, February 26, 2021.

“The Award Selection Committee is asking for nominations of outstanding individuals within the community who represent Vel Phillips’ spirit, dedication and love of Milwaukee,” said Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs. “The entire committee looks forward to reviewing each nomination to learn more about the innovative and creative ways women in our community are working to improve quality of life for residents, and blazing a trail for everyone to thrive personally and professionally.”

Nominations must include a description of the nominee’s work in the areas of social justice and/or civic engagement, challenges the nominee has overcome in these areas and any other examples of the nominee embodying the spirit of Vel R. Phillips.

Nominees must be female City of Milwaukee residents who are not publicly-elected officials. Applicants may nominate themselves or others. The winner will be announced during the virtual Girl’s Day at City Hall program in March. For more information on how to submit a nomination and for a form, please click here, or contact Joanna Polanco at (414) 286-2366 or

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