Women Leadership Awards History

What are the Women Leadership Awards?

The Women Leadership Award (WLA) is the longest running international award in China for women leaders, and was the only such award for over a decade. 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.

There are six categories for the Women Leadership Awards:

  • 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

History of the Women Leadership Awards

Since 2006, IPWS along with the business community of Shanghai have held the WLA to celebrate and recognise the achievement of outstanding individuals.

Previous Winners of the Women Leadership Awards:

2016 Women Leadership Awards:

Business Leader of the Year: Isabelle Chouvet, CEO/Co-Founder, K2 Asia
Young Business Leader of the Year: Paris Xu, Founder and CEO, MSParis
Entrepreneur of the Year: Ann C. James, Executive Director, Urban Aphrodite International
Innovator of the Year: Ivanka Xu, Founder and CEO, Merak
Social Contributor of the Year: Marie-Lucie Spoke, Managing Director, Community Roots China
HeforShe Man of the Year:Richard Chenghao Lin, Managing Director, Korn Ferry International

2015 Women Leadership Awards:

Entrepreneurs – Grace Lin Xu, Viva Nutrition
Female Innovation – Katia Steilemann, Lifestyle Consultant, Innovator And Holistic Entrepreneur
Professional Excellence – Kiersten Robinson, Executive Director, Human Resources and Corporate Services (formerly of Ford)
Societal Contribution -Cindy Shueh Lin, CEO and Board member, Chunhui Bo’Ai Children’s Foundation
Young Professional Excellence – Christine Nacnodovitz, Senior Global Project Manager, GSC HR, Schneider Electric,


If you *are* a previous winner of the WLA or know of any WLA winners over the years, please email info@ipwsconnect.com – we’d love to hear from you, please cite this website page and help us fill the gaps in our history!