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Maghan Receives Rising Star Award

posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2024

EPI's Executive Operations Director, Maghan Bowman, has been awarded one of American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)'s inaugural Rising Star Mid-Career Impact Award.

For over 50 years, ANCOR has been a leading advocate for the critical role service providers play in enriching the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a national nonprofit trade association, ANCOR represents 1,600+ organizations employing more than a half-million professionals who together serve more than a million individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

This award comes from the ANCOR Foundation, a charitable counterpart of ANCOR. The Foundation's mission is to build the commitment and ability of providers and communities to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. The Rising Star Mid-Career Impact Award was created to make a public statement that conveys the appreciation their Foundation has for bold leadership while recognizing value to their time and contributions.

"It's something special to watch a member of our team receive such a prestigious award on national stage. Maghan is a quiet, humble servant-leader always asking how she can help and delivering results. It's no surprise to me that ANCOR and the ANCOR Foundation chose her as one of their inaugural recipients of this new award," said Katie Slade, EPI's Executive Director.

Winners of the Rising Star Mid-Career Impact Award represent the present and future of ANCOR. The Foundation gives this award in recognition of mid-career professionals who, despite the inherent challenges within our field, dare to make the inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in society their professional mission. We further define a mid-career professional as an individual who has earned experience and expertise, and still has significant time to gain more experience, advance their qualifications, and pursue leadership roles.

Bowman's first involvement with ANCOR began in 2015 attending a conference with EPI. In 2019, she became a member on their Board of Representatives and in 2023 was elected as the Board of Representatives co-chair. In 2024 she became a graduate of ANCOR's Leadership Academy and is an active member of the Government Relations Committee.

"Receiving this award was truly humbling as there are so many people deserving of the Rising Star Mid-Career Impact Award. This award not only celebrates my achievements but acknowledges the support, guidance and endless professional opportunities EPI provides as an organization. As I continue my journey, I will remain dedicated to uplifting EPI and disability services on a national level," shared Maghan Bowman.