Announcing the Women Leadership Awards 2016


IPWS Women Leadership Award

It’s with great pleasure, we here at IPWS announce the Women Leadership Awards… returning in 2016 and now in its 10th year. The WLA recognises professional women who have emerged as leaders in their field. As leaders, these inspiring women have made a marked difference in our community and have forged paths for others to follow. Last year, IPWS hosted a Gala Event to celebrate the winners of WLA, and you can read more about the history of the award here. In 2016, we’ll recognise our WLA winners with an IPWS Leadership Summit in the theme of “Embracing the Changing Nature of Leadership: A Roadmap to Success” to be held on Friday May 27th, 2016.

The WLA Award Nominations this year will cover the following categories:

Business Leader of the Year

Nomination Requirements:

  • At least 15 years of Professional Experience
  • Executive level position (VP and above)
  • Documented contribution to the company, job function and/or industry, outlined in the WLA Criteria Guidelines
  • Recognized by others as a exceptional leader and mentor
  • Demonstrates leadership competencies outlined in the WLA Criteria Guidelines

Young Business Leader of the Year

Nomination Requirements:

  • At least 5 years of Professional Experience, under the age of 35
  • Managerial Position
  • Documented contribution to the companies, job function and/or industry, outlined in the WLA Criteria Guidelines
  • Recognised by others as an exceptional young leader
  • Demonstrates leadership competencies outlined in the WLA Criteria Guidelines

Entrepreneur of the Year

Nomination Requirements:

  • A Founder or Co-Found of a company, currently engaged in an active role with the company
  • Company should have sustainable growth, provide sole income, and do some business in China
  • Has likely demonstrated the ability to overcome adversity
  • Implements a unique company culture and a great place to work
  • Demonstrates leadership competencies outlined in the WLA Criteria Guidelines

Innovator of the Year

Nomination Requirements:

  • At least 10 years of Professional Experience in Corporate, Start Up or Non-Profit
  • Applies innovative thinking in response to changes and challenges as a leader
  • Displays strategic vision, and inspires others through her actions.
  • Demonstrates leadership competencies outlined in the WLA Criteria Guidelines, including having actively shaped the nature and success of creative efforts within her profession, compnay or cause through Innovation Leadership

Social Contributor of the Year

Nomination Requirements:

  • Is actively working in the field (non-profit or business role) for which she is nominated
  • Has achieved a measurable and sustained contribution to the community in China, and displays a disruptive approach in making a positive social impact
  • Possesses broad vision and takes risks to achieve meaningful results
  • Demonstrates leadership competencies outlined in the WLA Criteria Guidelines

‘HeForShe’ Man of the Year

Nomination Requirements:

  • A male leader that has demonstrated to ‘Embrace the Changing Nature of Leadership’ and be a ‘gender champion’
  • Has achieved a measurable and sustained contribution to the advancement of women in their organization, industry or community
  • Displays a set of behaviours in overcoming gender challenges and implements key strategies for overcoming such challenges

WLA Selection Process & Criteria Guidelines

Five independent Jury members using the established WLA Criteria Guidelines for each award category will review all nominations. The Jury will participate throughout the entire selection process. Following the review of all nominations, the Jury will select two finalists for each WLA category. These finalists will be notified by May 8th, 2016.

On May 14th, 2016 the finalists will be required to attend a full day event for a professional coaching workshop and will be asked to represent themselves at a reception and panel discussion in front of the Jury. The Jury will select the recipient of each award category based on the nominees presentations, and their recognised accomplishments submitted beforehand.

The winners will be announced and recognised at the Women Leadership Awards ceremony to be featured at the IPWS Leadership Summit 2016 on May 27, 2016.

You can nominate yourself, your friend or your colleague… and IPWS recommends you read over the nominations requirements & criteria guidelines before nominating. Take the time to soak up the categories and gather your nomination materials.

We look forward to receiving your WLA nomination! It’s an exciting time for us at IPWS, and we’re so proud to present the Women Leadership Awards again this year. Keep across our newsletter and our new website for more information about the Nomination Process and the IPWS Leadership Summit in on May 27.

Ready to nominate? Then head here to WLA Nominations to find out how.

If you have any questions about the nomination, please contact us at wla@ipwsconnect.com

Best wishes,

The IPWS Board of Directors