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Solid Gold's "Women That Inspire Us" Contest

Inspired by our badass female founder, Sissy McGill, we asked YOU to nominate an inspirational woman in your life this International Women's Day. Tell us why this woman inspires you and they could win a spa day on us!

Enter the Contest

  1. Tell us about the woman you are nominating and why she is such an inspiration! Provide a few sentences, or a couple paragraphs! Photos or videos are welcome, but not necessary.
  2. Complete the entry form so we know who you are and let you know if you’ve won.
  3. Share to your social networks to spread the word.
  4. Come back and vote for the final nominees starting on March 2nd! 
More Rules
  • Review official Terms and Conditions for the contest.
  • Contest will accept entries from 12:00am CT February 15, 2020 through 11:59pm CT March 1, 2020. No entries will be considered after this date.
  • Voting period will be live from 12:00am CT March 2, 2020 through 11:59pm CT March 8, 2020.
  • Only one nominee will be selected as the winner. Winner will be contacted on March 10, 2020 via email.
  • Prize is a $500 spa day. Spa varies on location of the nominated winner.

About Sissy McGill, Founder of Solid Gold

Solid Gold was founded in 1974 by trailblazer Sissy McGill. Determined to give her beloved dogs the best life possible, she wanted to prove that high quality food was the key to pet longevity and vitality. At a time when natural pet food did not exist, Sissy founded Solid Gold Pet – America’s first holistic pet food. With an uncompromising approach to quality, nutrition, and health for dogs and cats, Sissy single-handedly changed the face of the pet food industry.

Sissy started the Heart of Gold Legacy Foundation in 2005 with the goal of rescuing abandoned animals. In 2018, they launched the Heart of Gold Shelter in Southern California, a no-kill rescue dedicated to housing and adopting out dogs of all breeds in need and providing them with individualized care.

Sissy’s inspiring actions have awarded her a variety of achievements including “Best of Breed” in the 1976 National Pure Bred Breeders Association Show, Pet Age Magazine’s Pet Food Visionary award in 2017, and Pet Age Magazine’s Women of Influence award in 2020. Turning 87 years young on February 15, Sissy still holds a board seat at Solid Gold and works 6 days a week at her own pet store, Holistic Gold Pet Nutrition.

Cast Your Vote for the "Women That Inspire Us" Contest

The nominations are in! While we are no longer accepting new submissions for the contest, we still need your help! Please read the amazing nomination stories below and vote for who you think should win the grand prize of a free spa day!

Ms. Rollin, Inspirational Educator

"I’m submitting my AP European history teacher, Emily Rollin. Ms. Rollin is an amazing woman who has done any and everything she can to help her students learn. Not only does she teach my class, but she teaches two other advanced high school classes and teaches night classes at our the local college. She makes sure her students are pushed academically, but also checks in on them to make sure they’re mentally and physically well. Ms. Rollin is a proud mother and raised her son on her own while finishing college and getting her masters degree! She has a passion for everything she does and truly loves the people in her life. She’s also getting married to someone this summer who is truly the love of her life, and I can only aspire to find love that pure one day. Ms. Rollin inspires me because she is a true and passionate soul and I’m so lucky to have her as an educator and a friend."

Submitted By: Zoe

Kat M., Compassionate Researcher

"I am nominating my David Bowie-loving, cat-rescuing, jet-setting, has-a-new-haircut-and-owning-it, ridiculously intelligent friend Kat. Kat and I have been close friends since freshman year of high school, about 19 years! She was my only friend who played the cello, took AP classes, was on dive team, and would sneak off to concerts with me on weekdays. Her time management skills as a teen helped her balance college, university, internships, research, and work, which has landed her in a PhD program in Norway, and she is commuting to Stanford Medical and working remotely for Pepperdine University. Her research for the last handful of years specialises in fragile X chromosone -she is breaking the myths surrounding autism diagnoses, and is a working behavioral analyst and therapist for school age children. In her relentless pursuit of making the world a better more compassionate place for children and their families she has sacrificed sleep, leisure time, and self-care. When she is not on an airplane or in seminar, she is writing for medical journals (she is a published first author with a Masters in Science) at her residence in San Francisco. The words "day spa" are practically foreign to her, but she is one working woman who deserves the experience! PS. She is engaged to one of my best friends!"

Submitted By: Sarah

Jennifer N., Super Marathoner

"I am nominating my superwoman friend Jennifer Nakata. She has overcome so many traumas at her young age of 43. She has beat Breast Cancer, been sober for 6 years, and has been so strong after the sudden passing of her husband who died at 34. She continues to raise her little girl who lost her daddy at 5. They both continue to overcome life’s struggles 5 years later. Jenny is a top performer at Intel her job of over 20+ years. She not only does all this with grace but she is an avid runner. She completed the last Boston marathon and just finished first out of all women in her last marathon. All this is incredible, but what I find most incredible is she always has love and compassion for her family and friends. I have experienced this first hand. She still asks and cares how others are even during breast cancer, even during grieving her husband. She is truly a special woman and I’m so proud and grateful she is one of my best friends. She definitely deserves a spa day and I would love to join her. I hope she is chosen for this amazing contest."

Submitted By: Katie

More Rules
  • Review official Terms and Conditions for the contest.
  • Voting period will be live starting March 2, 2020 through March 8, 2020. 
  • Only one nominee will be selected as the winner. Winner/nominator will be contacted on March 10, 2020 via email.
  • Prize is a spa day valued at up to $500. Spa varies on location of the nominated winner.

About Sissy McGill, Founder of Solid Gold

Solid Gold was founded in 1974 by trailblazer Sissy McGill. Determined to give her beloved dogs the best life possible, she wanted to prove that high quality food was the key to pet longevity and vitality. At a time when natural pet food did not exist, Sissy founded Solid Gold Pet – America’s first holistic pet food. With an uncompromising approach to quality, nutrition, and health for dogs and cats, Sissy single-handedly changed the face of the pet food industry.

Sissy started the Heart of Gold Legacy Foundation in 2005 with the goal of rescuing abandoned animals. In 2018, they launched the Heart of Gold Shelter in Southern California, a no-kill rescue dedicated to housing and adopting out dogs of all breeds in need and providing them with individualized care.

Sissy’s inspiring actions have awarded her a variety of achievements including “Best of Breed” in the 1976 National Pure Bred Breeders Association Show, Pet Age Magazine’s Pet Food Visionary award in 2017, and Pet Age Magazine’s Women of Influence award in 2020. Turning 87 years young on February 15, Sissy still holds a board seat at Solid Gold and works 6 days a week at her own pet store, Holistic Gold Pet Nutrition.

The Votes Are In!

Congratulations to Jennifer N., Super Marathoner for winning Solid Gold Pet’s “Women That Inspire Us” Contest! Thank you to all who entered and were nominated. Happy International Women’s Day!

Jennifer N., Super Marathoner​

"I am nominating my superwoman friend Jennifer Nakata. She has overcome so many traumas at her young age of 43. She has beat Breast Cancer, been sober for 6 years, and has been so strong after the sudden passing of her husband who died at 34. She continues to raise her little girl who lost her daddy at 5. They both continue to overcome life’s struggles 5 years later. Jenny is a top performer at Intel her job of over 20+ years. She not only does all this with grace but she is an avid runner. She completed the last Boston marathon and just finished first out of all women in her last marathon. All this is incredible, but what I find most incredible is she always has love and compassion for her family and friends. I have experienced this first hand. She still asks and cares how others are even during breast cancer, even during grieving her husband. She is truly a special woman and I’m so proud and grateful she is one of my best friends. She definitely deserves a spa day and I would love to join her. I hope she is chosen for this amazing contest."

Submitted By: Katie

About Sissy McGill, Founder of Solid Gold

Solid Gold was founded in 1974 by trailblazer Sissy McGill. Determined to give her beloved dogs the best life possible, she wanted to prove that high quality food was the key to pet longevity and vitality. At a time when natural pet food did not exist, Sissy founded Solid Gold Pet – America’s first holistic pet food. With an uncompromising approach to quality, nutrition, and health for dogs and cats, Sissy single-handedly changed the face of the pet food industry.

Sissy started the Heart of Gold Legacy Foundation in 2005 with the goal of rescuing abandoned animals. In 2018, they launched the Heart of Gold Shelter in Southern California, a no-kill rescue dedicated to housing and adopting out dogs of all breeds in need and providing them with individualized care.

Sissy’s inspiring actions have awarded her a variety of achievements including “Best of Breed” in the 1976 National Pure Bred Breeders Association Show, Pet Age Magazine’s Pet Food Visionary award in 2017, and Pet Age Magazine’s Women of Influence award in 2020. Turning 87 years young on February 15, Sissy still holds a board seat at Solid Gold and works 6 days a week at her own pet store, Holistic Gold Pet Nutrition.

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