Announcing the WLA Jury

IPWS is happy to announce a jury of six highly-esteemed individuals to judge nominations in the Women Leadership Awards (WLA) 2017. The jury – which includes representatives from leading global organisations, including universities, multinational corporations and diplomats – will oversee the selection of top candidates across the six award categories in the WLA 2017. The WLA nominations closed on May 3, and the WLA Winners will be announced at the IPWS Leadership Summit on Friday June 2nd, 2017 in Shanghai.

Jury members were selected from a broad cross-section of industries and positions to ensure a well-rounded representation of professionals in the judging panel. Their role in business and society is also a reflection of IPWS values: to inspire, grow, lead, connect and embrace diversity.

IPWS is delighted to announce the following WLA 2017 independent jury panel:

  • George Huang, Managing Partner – China, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Greg Nance, Founder & CEO, Dyad
  • Helene Larochelle, Executive Director, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Mei Tong, Managing Director, Fosun Group
  • Thérèse Healy, Consul General, Consulate General of Ireland
  • Gilles Saintonge, Ph.D. Vice President of Technology, Commercial Aircraft Platform

Learn more about our Women Leadership Awards 2017 Jury Panel HERE.

Jury members will review all nominations according to the WLA Criteria Guidelines. Following the review of all nominations, the jury will select two finalists for each of the six WLA categories, who will be notified by May 14. On May 21, finalists will be invited to appear in front of the Jury to introduce themselves and take part in a short discussion about their achievements. Lastly, Jury members will deliberate on each award category and select the winners.

Winners will be announced and celebrated at the Women Leadership Awards ceremony to be held as part of the IPWS Leadership Summit on Friday 2 June. The Leadership Summit will feature relevant speakers and content focus on the theme: Understanding Power & Leadership: A Roadmap to Success.

The six categories for the 2017 WLA:

  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year
  • Young Business Leader of the Year
  • Social Contributor of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • HeforShe Man of the Year

We’re excited to invite you to celebrate this year’s Women Leadership Awards at the IPWS Leadership Summit 2017! Buy tickets HERE. Contact with any questions, and stay tuned for an opportunity to Meet the Nominees, and more details on the IPWS Leadership Summit.

Thank you to our Women Leadership Award 2017 Nominations Sponsor!

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