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 an individual 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.
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