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Nominate a 2019 Rising Star or an Unsung Hero

Submission Deadline:  November 1, 2019

Requirements

  • Nominees must be women who work in or support the technology industry.
  • If selected as a finalist, nominees must be available to attend the 2019 Louisville Women in Tech Conference on December 4, 2019.
  • Nominees must be amenable to press coverage and social media updates.

 

Rising Star Award

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 in a technology-related field, who currently works for any public- or private-sector organization.

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 contributes to the community and satisfies all selection criteria. Nominees will be judged based on the specific evidence provided in the nomination form that demonstrates their embodiment of WIT values.

Please provide discrete, specific examples of what your nominee has achieved and how your nominee has demonstrated that she exemplifies these values:

Leadership

Leading or Empowering Others to be Agents of Change in the Technology Industry (Worth 35% of Final Score)

  • Demonstrates the ability to create and implement a vision for herself and others. Visible leader as a pioneer of change.
  • Motivates people in her sphere of influence and has a tangible track record to show it.
  • Leads by example. Inspires people in her sphere of influence to take smart risks and to drive positive change in their current and future professional lives.

Achievement

Achieving Success in a Technology Field or an Organization in the Technology Industry (Worth 30% of Final Score)

  • Achieved a high level of success and competency.
  • Demonstrates success at implementing or promoting technology, management principles or operational/organizational processes or change.
  • Acts with boldness by taking smart risks to advance organizational and personal goals. Risks may have yielded both successful and unsuccessful outcomes – learns from the outcome in either case.

Mentorship

Advancing Women in Technology “from the Classroom to the Boardroom” (Worth 30% of Final Score)

  • Mentors other women above, below and at her career level.
  • Develops future women leaders in her profession and/or community.
  • Advocates for other women and enables positive things to happen in their current and future careers.

Community Engagement

Extracurricular Activities and Community/Civic Involvement (Worth 5% of Final Score)

  • Engages in activities beyond her job responsibilities that contribute to helping and improving conditions of or for others in the technology community.
  • Encourages and enables a legacy of strong female leaders in the industry or in the community.
  • Focuses on efforts to advance the growth of girls and women in the technology industry.

 

Unsung Hero Award

Purpose: To honor a woman who is working in the technology trenches daily, making a substantive yet unacknowledged contribution to her organization or her field.

Eligibility: A woman with more than 10 years of experience in a technology-related field, who works for any public- or private-sector organization.

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 leadership and mentorship, who contributes to her community, and who satisfies all selection criteria. Nominees will be judged based on the specific evidence provided in the nomination form that demonstrates their embodiment of WIT values.

Please provide discrete, specific examples of what your nominee has achieved and how your nominee has demonstrated that she exemplifies these values:

Mentorship

Advancing Women in Technology from the Classroom to the Boardroom (Worth 40% of Final Score)

  • Mentors other women above, below or at her career level.
  • Develops future women leaders in her profession and/or community.
  • Advocates for other women and enables positive things to happen in their current and future careers.

Community Engagement

Extracurricular Activities and Community/Civic Involvement (Worth 30% of Final Score)

  • Engages in activities beyond her job responsibilities that contribute to helping and improving conditions of or for others in the technology community.
  • Encourages and enables a legacy of strong female leaders in the industry or in the community.
  • Focuses on efforts to advance the growth of girls and women in the technology industry.

Leadership

Leading or Empowering Others to be Agents of Change in the Technology Industry (Worth 25% of Final Score)

  • Demonstrates the ability to create and implement a vision for herself and others. Visible leader as a pioneer of change.
  • Motivates people in her sphere of influence and has a tangible track record to show it.
  • Leads by example. Inspires people in her sphere of influence to take smart risks and to drive positive change in their current and future professional lives.

Achievement

Achieving Success in a Technology Field or an Organization in the Technology Industry (Worth 5% of Final Score)

  • Demonstrates a high level of dedication and competency.
  • Shows initiative and success at implementing or promoting technology, management principles or operational/organizational processes or change.
  • Acts with boldness by taking smart risks to advance organizational and personal goals. Risks may have yielded both successful and unsuccessful outcomes – learns from the outcome in either case.

Award Nomination Form

  • Nominator's Name*
  • Nominee's Name*
  • Reason for this Nomination

    Nominees will be judged based on the specific evidence provided in this form that demonstrates their embodiment of the values described above. Note they are weighted differently for each award.
  • Please detail how the nominee is an exemplary role model/advocate. How has she used her leadership skills to act as a mentor, sponsor or advocate, helping women envision or advance in their careers? How has she helped to develop future leaders in her company/profession and /or community, and what impacts have these new leaders had on their organizations?
  • Please provide examples of extracurricular activities and/or community involvement that the candidate has performed, or is performing, to further advance the growth of girls and women in the technology industry and beyond. What other extracurricular work has the nominee done to encourage and enable a legacy of strong female leaders in the industry or the community? Please include information that you feel is pertinent and compelling to supplement this award submission.
  • Please detail the nominee’s leadership achievements and style. In what ways has she been an architect of change in her organization or the technology community? How has she created a vision that empowers people in her sphere of influence to become innovators and agents/pioneers of change themselves? How has she leveraged relationships, influenced organizational decisions, and motivated others to achieve success? What achievements would qualify as “pioneering” efforts for change in the organization and/or industry?
  • Please detail how the nominee has provided innovative ideas or “out-of-the-box” thought to bring about successful business or mission-driven results. How has she used leadership to successfully implement or promote a technology, management principle or process? Has she led a team or individuals to remarkable performance as a result of her ability to encourage and sponsor creative solutions to solve difficult challenges? The nominee should not have received other industry awards/recognition prior to her nomination.