The social work and human services communities are currently going through a dramatic transformation of leadership as a result of the retirement of 50% of human services executives and other leaders over recent years.  In response to this, NASW-NYC has made it a priority to encourage and give visibility to social work leadership. NASW-NYC, through its 6th Annual Leadership Awards, recognizes social workers who demonstrate exemplary leadership and a unique commitment to the improvement of social and human conditions.

Among those being honored as a Top Social Work Leader of the Profession is Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, Dean of Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work.  Dr. Hendricks is the first Latina dean of a social work program in NYC and NYS.  Dr. Hendricks is the lead author with Jeanne Finch and Cheryl Franks of Learning to Teach—Teaching to Learn:  A Guide to Social Work Field Education by the Council on Social Work Press (2005) which is widely used in Seminars in Field Instruction throughout the U.S.  She is co-editor of Intersecting Child Welfare, Substance Abuse and Family Violence:  Culturally Competent Approaches with Rowena Fong, and Ruth McRoy (2006, Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press).  Her Latest publication for CSWE Press is entitled, Women of Color as Social Work Educators:  Strengths and Survival by H. Vakalahi, S. Starks, and C. Ortiz Hendricks (2007). 

NASW-NYC is hosting an Awards Dinner on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at5:30 p.m. at Jing Fong Restaurant,20 Elizabeth Street. The Awards Dinner is being held to celebrate Emerging, Mid-Career and Top Social Work Leaders in NYC. 

 NASW-NYC has selected 26 honorees out of a pool of outstanding candidates.  Four top Leaders of the Profession are being honored in all, along with 10 Mid-Career Social Work leaders, and 12 Emerging leaders.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 150,000 members nationwide with 9,000 members in New York Cityalone.  NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.


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