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Dennis Seinfeld

Emerging Leader Award -

Application 2023

Emerging Leader Award Application

We all know up-and-coming leaders. They are those who take an idea, inspire others, and make it reality - regardless of their age or background. Many such people are never publicly recognized as leaders, perhaps because they are quiet servant leaders or they are new young leaders.  

Each year, City Club of Tacoma recognizes an individual who demonstrates the qualities and values of leadership but is not yet recognized as an established leader in our community. The award originated in memory of Dennis J. Seinfeld, a well-known and civic-minded Tacoma attorney, a founding member of City Club, and the Club’s second president.


City Club of Tacoma invites you to nominate one of those promising leaders for the Dennis Seinfeld Emerging Leader Award.


The nomination form must be submitted by email at by May 1st.


The finalists will be recognized at the dinner meeting on June 6th. The dinner will be held at the University of Puget Sound Wheelock Center located at the edge of the campus on North 15th Street.

Eligibility Criteria:
Anyone who is living, working, or volunteering in the Tacoma-Pierce County area, including previous nominees, is eligible to be nominated.

Judging Characteristics:  

Personal qualities: 

  • Respected

  • Visionary

  • Enthusiastic

  • Inspirational

  • Sincerity

  • Optimistic


  • Inspire enthusiasm

  • Communicates well

  • Develops common vision 

  • Builds consensus

  • Follows through  



  • Honesty

  • Integrity


Point of Contact:

Should you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Seinfeld Award Committee Chair.


Important Dates:                                

Nomination form deadline: May 1st
Winners notified:                   May 8th
Awards Ceremony:                June 6th


Nomination Form

Nominee’s contact information:
Nominee Name ______________________________________________   
Occupation __________________________________________________   
Company Name _____________________________________________
(if applicable)    
Phone  _________________________________________________   

E-mail _________________________________________________

Nominator’s contact information:
Nominator’s name ___________________________________________

Company Name ______________________________________________
(if applicable)    
Email  __________________________________________________  


Please answer all five questions. There is one page limit per question.

  1. What is the primary reason for nomination?

  2. How does the nominee demonstrate his/her leadership qualities, values, and skills in our community?

  3. What specifically the nominee has done to enhance our community through his or her leadership activities?

  4. Provide a 150-word summary of the nominee’s career highlights, community involvement, and accomplishments.

  5. List two other references that have personal knowledge of the nominee’s leadership. Please share their names and contact information (email address and telephone number).

  • Open-minded

  • Committed

  • Collaborative

  • Decisive

  • Results oriented

  • Demonstrates potential

  • Engages in contemporary social issues

  • Selfless

  • Loyalty

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