Selection Process| How it works

We believe in meritocracy.  To achieve that, we have created a process to remove as much bias as we can from the decision making.  We recognize this process is not perfect and welcome feedback.

We put out our initial call for nominations. People get excited, and our inboxes fill up. We love it!  We see all sorts of nominations come in: bosses recommending employees, colleagues recommending each other, members of the community recognizing incredible individuals, and we even see some people throwing their own names into the hat. We collect them all, and we marinate in their awesomeness, reviewing each candidate closely here in house.  This year we’re condensing the schedule to include both nominations and applications in the same window.  Please be sure to have ALL (nominations) and applications in by Friday August 14, 2020.  

Our editorial team deliberates, and we decide which candidates become finalists by evaluating the nomination letters and candidate’s CV/resume. We announce the finalists via press release.

Once we have our selection of finalists, we use the applications the nominees provide and strip everything. The only thing that gets passed along to our external panel of judges is an encrypted application to avoid any possible bias. We remove any qualifying information such as name, company, photographs, LinkedIn profiles, and gender data. And at this stage, the application the nominee completes carries all of the weight. Now, the only category in which any qualifying data is known is the male champions category for obvious reasons.

The judges then decide, announcing the winners live in person and online on Facebook streaming. We send a press kit to each winner to use on social media and then work with each winner to tell their story