Oveta Culp Hobby Training Awards

These awards recognize chapters and sections which provide professional development to members through planned activities. All chapter and section programs presented during the past year are eligible. Nominations should explain how the programs meet the following criteria:

  • Is the program offered to ASPA members and transferable to other organizations?
  • Is the program a vehicle for ensuring ethical practices in government?
  • Does the program identify new topics and target audiences?
  • Des the program promote knowledge and skills to be a creative, ethical, and responsible public manager?
  • Does the program identify beliefs and practices to excel in the public service?


To nominate a chapter or section for this award, please complete the nomination form and provide the requested information. To download the nomination form, click here. Please note that attachments can only be accepted as Microsoft Word or PDF documents.


Oveta Culp Hobby Nomination Form

Oveta Culp Hobby Biography

Throughout her professional career, Oveta Culp Hobby held leadership positions, shaped major institutions and influenced large numbers of people. At 21, Hobby became an expert in the intricacies of parliamentary law, serving as parliamentarian for the Texas House of Representatives and composing a widely-read textbook on parliamentary law, Mr. Chairman, in 1937. She also rose through the ranks to become manager of the Houston Post, one of the nation's major newspapers.

In 1941, Hobby accepted a $1-a-year position as Director of the Women's Interest Section of the War Department. Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall instructed her to organize a military unit for women. In 1942 Congress authorized the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACS, later become the Women's Army Corps, WACS). Hobby became America's first woman Colonel. Her leadership and organizational skills were challenged by recruiting, organizing and training women in a military environment as often hostile as helpful. When she retired in 1945, she had commanded 100,000 women at more that 200 posts and in every theater of wartime operations.

After the war, Hobby returned to the Post, serving as co-editor. From 1952-1955 she played another pioneering role in government as the first Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. She was the only woman to serve in the Cabinet of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.








2014     Greater Kansas City Chapter

2012     Evergreen Chapter of ASPA

2009     Southern Nevada Chapter

2006     Massachusetts Chapter

2005     Massachusetts Chapter

2004     CenTex Chapter

2003     Massachusetts Chapter

2002     Empire State Capital Area Chapter

2001     The Greater Kansas City Chapter

2000     CenTex Chapter

1999     CenTex Chapter

1998     Inland Empire Chapter

1997     Inland Empire Chapter

1996     Inland Empire Chapter

1995     Evergreen Chapter

1994     Hampton Roads Chapter

1993     Wisconsin Capital Chapter
           Hampton Roads Chapter

1992     Greater Kansas City Chapter
           National Capital Area Chapter
           Section on International and Comparative Administration

1991     Wisconsin Capital Chapter
           National Young Professionals Forum

1990     Greater Kansas City Chapter
           Honorable Mention: Los Angeles Metropolitan Chapter

1989     Arizona Chapter

1988     Evergreen Chapter