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Women of Innovation Nomination and Eligibility Information

In order for us to assess eligibility for Women of Innovation® nominees, we have established the following parameters. All nominees must meet these minimum requirements as well as those specific to the awards they are being nominated for:
Currently working or studying in the State of Connecticut.
Has demonstrated strong leadership abilities.
Serves or served as a mentor in some capacity – short- or long-term, life mentor, career mentor, or peer mentor.

Youth Innovation & Leadership:
Each year, a female high school student who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievements in technology or science, or who has displayed inventiveness or creativity in said fields, is honored at the annual Women of Innovation®. Juniors and Seniors are eligible for the Youth Innovation and Leadership award. NOTE:  family members of nominee are not allowed to submit nominations.

Collegian Innovation & Leadership:
The Connecticut Technology Council is proud to award Connecticut’s most innovative, successful, collegiate students. Every year, at the Women of Innovation awards ceremony, one outstanding woman is chosen for the Collegian Innovation and Leadership Award. The recipient must be an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement in the technology, science, or engineering areas of study or who has displayed inventiveness or creativity in said fields.

Community Innovation & Leadership:
Women who are employed in technology, science or engineering who have devoted their own time and resources, or marshaled those of their company or organization, to support community organizations or non-profits, are honored yearly at Women of Innovation®. One outstanding woman who has created or encouraged a culture of giving at her company or who has volunteered her time outside her workplace receives the Community Innovation and Leadership award.

Research Innovation & Leadership:
Each year, one woman who has developed new knowledge or products, or improvements to products in a corporate or academic setting, is honored with the Research Innovation and Leadership Award. She must exhibit an original approach to her research as well as achieve peer recognition in the technology, science or engineering disciplines. The Research Innovation and Leadership recipient is a woman who has exhibited leadership ability by leading research teams, motivating staff and securing funding or resources to enable her research program.

Secondary Academic Innovation & Leadership:
A woman working in the secondary academic setting who has created and fostered STEM programs in curriculum development, student research, and/or teacher-student collaborations, and consistently demonstrates STEM leadership and innovation is eligible for the Secondary Academic Innovation and Leadership Award.

Postsecondary Academic Innovation & Leadership:
A woman working in the postsecondary academic setting who has created and fostered STEM programs in curriculum development, student research, and teacher-student collaborations, is eligible for the Postsecondary Academic Innovation and Leadership Award. The recipient will have secured outside funding to support her work and/or received peer recognition for her leadership and innovation.

Entrepreneurial Innovation & Leadership:
This award honors a woman who has founded her own company or helped found a company. A woman who has taken great professional and financial risk to make her idea a reality.

Small Business Innovation & Leadership:
Any woman who has at least three years of managerial or technical experience in technology, science or engineering can qualify for the Small Business Innovation and Leadership Award. The recipient will have managed a program, project, or business unit in an exemplary way in a small company (fewer than 100 employees) or professional services firm.

Medium Business Innovation & Leadership:
Any woman who has at least three years of managerial or technical experience in technology, science or engineering can qualify for the Medium Business Innovation and Leadership Award. The recipient will have managed a program, project, or business unit in an exemplary way in a medium company (101-499 employees) or professional services firm.

Large Business Innovation & Leadership:
The Large Business Innovation & Leadership Award honors a woman who has managed a program, project, or business unit in an exemplary way. Said project, program, or business must be part of a large corporation (more than 500 employees) or professional services firm and the honoree must also have at least three years of managerial or technical experience in technology, science, or engineering.

Inspiring STEM Equitability Award:
Equitability, diversity, and inclusivity are not just women’s issues – they are business, economic, and societal issues. Organizations need change leaders who will champion equitability and diversity, and encourage others to also become change leaders. The Inspiring STEM Equitability Award recognizes an individual that works to create a climate that is not only diverse but also inclusive of all people in such ways that further the success and promotion of the STEM fields.

The Inspiring STEM Equitability Award is open to any individual, irrespective of gender expression, 17 years of age or older who demonstrates a commitment to promoting equitability, diversity, and inclusivity in the STEM arena.

Inspiring STEM Equability Organization Award:
Equitability, diversity, and inclusivity are not just women’s issues – they are business, economic, and societal issues – and when companies make concerted efforts to put a high priority on diversity and inclusion, their business will grow. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that placing underrepresented individuals in the C-Suite and on the Board, for example, yields a diverse set of perspectives that can give companies a competitive advantage in solving the increasingly complex problems they face today. The Inspiring STEM Equability Organization Award recognizes the strategic and critical importance of advocating for and sustaining a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment.

Eligible organizations must demonstrate commitment to policies and programs designed to advance a STEM profession, company, or organization in regard to representation, inclusion, diversity, and equitability within the organization.

Questions?
Contact Taylor Van Antwerp, Manager of Talent & Workforce Programs, at tvanantwerp@ct.org or 860-289-0878 x 340

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