Women in Comms' inaugural Leading Light awards nomination process was a huge success. We were thrilled to receive a number of nominations for highly qualified women who are making a difference in our industry, from both a technology and sociological perspective. It was a good reminder there are a lot of impressive women in this male-dominated industry.
It also made the judging process both inspiring and very difficult!
With the help of WiC's Board of Advisors, the analysts of Heavy Reading and the editors of Light Reading, we were able to come up with three shortlists of deserving women and startups worth celebrating. That's not to say the other entrants were not worthy of inclusion, but these finalists stood out for the impact they've been making in the last year and the potential for more to come.
The trio of WiC awards are part of the broader Leading Lights awards program: Find out which companies were shortlisted in the other 26 categories by reading Leading Lights 2016: The Finalists.
All of the winners, and the identities of this year's Light Reading Hall of Fame inductees, will be announced at the Leading Lights awards dinner, which will be held during the evening of Monday, May 23, at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas, following WiC's one-day conference and job fair ahead of the Big Communications Event.
Space at the awards dinner is limited, so don't delay in booking your seat or table: All the details and contacts you need can be found right here.
So, who's in the running to pick up a prize this year? Below are the categories for this year's WiC awards. Click on the name of the category to see the list of finalists. In the coming weeks I will write about the finalists and provide some insight into the shortlisted submissions.
Most Inspiring Woman in Comms
A special award, voted on by the WiC Board of Advisors, that seeks to recognize a woman who has worked tirelessly and effectively to advance the cause of women and girls in the next-gen comms industry.
Hedy Lamarr Award for Female Tech Pioneer of the Year
A special award, voted on by the WiC Board of Advisors, that seeks to recognize a woman in the next-gen comms industry for her remarkable influence and technological contributions to the sector in the past year.
Female-Led Startup to Watch
Awarded to a startup that the WiC Board of Advisors sees as having considerable potential to disrupt the industry, advance technology and have a lasting impact.
— Sarah Thomas, , Director, Women in Comms
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