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Nineteenth Annual Women in Technology Leadership Awards

The Annual Leadership Awards are a highlight for WIT members and the Washington, DC area technology community. Drawing 300+ attendees, the WIT Leadership Awards program honors highly successful women who have made mentoring the next generation of leaders a significant component of their own success.

Nomination Deadline:  December 8, 2017
Awards Banquet: May 17, 2018

OVERALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Nominees must be women who work in or support the technology industry
  • Nominees must live and work in Northern Virginia, Maryland or Washington, D.C.
  • If selected as finalists, nominees must be available to attend a VIP Reception and the Awards Banquet
  • Nominees must be amenable to press coverage

The finalists will be announced in February 2018, and every nominee will be informed if she has been selected as a finalist. One award will be made in each category.

Award Categories:

1. Corporate – Large-Market Sector

  • Purpose: To honor a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits and has achieved success at a business entity with annual revenue of greater than $750 million serving customers in a commercial, government or non-profit.
  • Eligibility: A woman who works in a business entity with annual revenue greater than $750 million.  She does not need to be a WIT member.
  • Ideal Candidate: A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, who contributes to the community and who satisfies all selection criteria.

2. Corporate – Mid-Market  Sector

  • Purpose: To honor a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits and has achieved success at a business entity with annual revenue between $50 million and $750 million serving customers in a commercial, government or non-profit space.
  • Eligibility: A woman who works in a business entity with annual revenue between $50 million and $750 million.  She does not need to be a WIT member.
  • Ideal Candidate: A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, who contributes to the community, and who satisfies all selection criteria.

3. Corporate - Small-Market Sector

  • Purpose: To honor a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits and has achieved success at a business entity with annual revenue less than $50 million serving customers in a commercial, government or non-profit space.
  • Eligibility: A woman who works in a business entity with annual revenue less than $50 million.  She does not need to be a WIT member.
  • Ideal Candidate: A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, who contributes to the community, and who satisfies all selection criteria.

4. Government

  • Purpose: To honor a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits and has achieved success working for a government entity.
  • Eligibility: A woman who works in federal, state or local government, including a civilian working for the Department of Defense or one of the military services.  She does not need to be a WIT member.
  • Ideal candidate: A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, who contributes to the community, and who satisfies all selection criteria.

5. Small Business / Entrepreneur

  • Purpose: To honor a woman who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits at a business entity with annual revenue of less than $50 million or is an entrepreneur who has demonstrated exemplary leadership traits by starting and/or growing a small business.
  • Eligibility: A woman who works in a business entity with less than $50 million in annual revenue in the technology industry and/or founded or has had a significant role in growing a small a business.  The business headquarters must be located in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.  She does not need to be a WIT member.
  • Ideal Candidate: A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, who contributes to the community, and who satisfies all selection criteria.

6. STEM Leadership

  • Purpose: To honor a woman who demonstrates great leadership and exemplary technical abilities in a STEM role. 
  • Eligibility: A woman who works for an organization in a STEM leadership role.  She does not need to be a WIT member.
  • Ideal Candidate: A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations in her area of expertise while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, who has earned the respect of acknowledged experts in her field, who contributes to the community, and who satisfies all selection criteria.

7. Unsung Hero

  • Purpose: To honor a woman who is working in the trenches daily, making a substantive yet unacknowledged contribution to her organization or her field.  
  • Eligibility: A woman working in the technology industry who has not been recognized for her contributions.  She does not need to be a WIT member.
  • Ideal Candidate:  A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations for her level. A forward thinker who displays passion and drive without the expectation of recognition while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, who contributes to the community, and who satisfies all selection criteria.

8. Rising Star

  • Purpose: To honor a woman in the beginning stages of her career who has demonstrated exemplary leadership traits.
  • Eligibility: A woman with 10 years or less experience workinng in government or the private sector, supporting the technology field.  She does not need to be a member of WIT.
  • Ideal Candidate: A woman who is a rising star with high potential for future advancement. She has distinguished herself from her peers, consistently exceeding performance expectations for her level. She is someone who contributes to the community and who satisfies all selection criteria.

9. Women in Defense

  • Purpose: To honor a woman serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or a recent veteran who demonstrates exemplary leadership traits.
  • Eligibility: A woman who is currently active in the military or has active service with the last five years.  She does not need to be a member of WIT.
  • Ideal Candidate:  A woman who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship in a military setting in, or through the use of, technology. She is someone who contributes to the community and who satisfies all selection criteria.

NOMINATION  PROCESS AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Nomination Process

In the automated nomination process you will be asked to provide basic identifying information about the nominee and yourself as her nominator (organization, title, etc.). You will then be prompted to provide evidence for each of the criteria listed below. You are given up to 2,000 characters to describe how your nominee meets or exceeds each criteria.  You improve your nominee’s chances of selection for the award if you provide specific examples of the ways in which your nominee has met this criteria rather than making generalized statements. Remember this is an award with a particular focus on how women of achievement have led and mentored others to be successful in their careers. Both aspects must be addressed. You should include evidence to support each of the criteria in the appropriate category. You will also have an opportunity to attach the nominee's resume or bio if available to you.


Selection Criteria

Nominees will be judged based on the specific evidence provided in the nomination form that demonstrates their embodiment of WIT values. You will be asked to provide discrete, specific examples of what your nominee has achieved and how your nominee has demonstrated that she is an example of these values:

1. Leadership: Empowering Her Team to be Architects of Change in the Technology Industry

2. Achievement: Achieving Success in a Technology Field or an Organization in the Technology Industry

3. Mentorship: Advancing Women in Technology "from the Classroom to the Boardroom"

4. Community Engagement: Extracurricular Activities and Community/Civic Involvement

Click here to begin a nomination form

Optional: download a Word doc version of the form that you can complete offline
and then cut and paste answers into the live form.

2018 Leadership Awards Nomination Offline Form

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