Woman of Inspiration™ Awards 


Step One Nominate a Woman of Inspiration™ or Apply

Nominate a Top Company – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) SupportHER™ Champion

Step Two– Submit a Nomination Package – Deadline June 30.

Women of Inspiration™ Awards  – Complete 

SupportHER™ AwardComplete

Step Three – Purchase Tickets. Winners will be announced at the Awards. Nominees must be in attendance on November 7, 2024 in NYC. 

Tickets and event details to be announced soon!


  • Finalists Announced – September 1, 2024
  • Winners Announced – November 7, 2024 – NYC
  • Submit Nomination Packages – Deadline June 30

2023 Women of Inspiration™ AwardsHighlight ReelWATCH

2023 Women of Inspiration™ Awards – Testimonial Video (DellTechnologies, Roche, Proserve IT, National Bank Financial) – WATCH

Press ReleaseTop Company and Winner Announced across North America – READ


Become an Awards Sponsor! Contact us to discuss corporate partnership to inspire change for your organization to support the advancement of women personally and professionally.


Congratulations on accepting your nomination for an award that could catapult you into a growing alumni of Woman of Inspiration™ Award winners. Please note that completing the nomination process requires a significant personal commitment. Be sure to allow yourself a week or more to gather the relevant documents/attachments you will need.

Previous nominees reported enormous benefits from simply working through the entry template. The reward of being acknowledged publicly as a Woman of Inspiration™ nominee was all by itself felt to be a bonus.

We recommend answering the questions in a word document and then copying and pasting your answers when you are ready to proceed.

Enjoy the journey and the spotlight!

As a designer of women’s jewelry, I am inspired by the remarkable women I’ve encountered on my journey. Their stories and spirits infuse every piece I create, shaping me as an artist.

Participating in the Women of Inspiration™ Award was more than an event; it was a celebration of the achievements of women who have paved the way for others. To be honoured as a SupportHER™ myself was a truly humbling experience.

The Universal Women’s Networks mission deeply resonates with me, and I am thrilled to unite with this organization to create a platform that not only recognizes but also celebrates the extraordinary achievements of women worldwide. Dean Davidson, Designer, Owner, Dean Davidson

 My husband Steven and I were honored to be part of the Women of Inspiration Awards program,” said Bobbi Brown, founder and CCO of Jones Road Beauty and a Women of Inspiration award winner.  “The Universal Women’s Network mission is to celebrate the achievements of women who lead, inspire, and motivate each other.  They also understand that anyone who is successful rarely gets there alone. My husband Steven has been my partner in both business and life. Without him, I wouldn’t have achieved all the success I’ve had. Thank you to the Universal Women’s Network for recognizing both Steven and I and for spotlighting the allies who rally around successful women and take pride in their success.” Bobbi Brown

The Women of Inspiration™ Awards was an incredible celebration of female empowerment and achievement. I was very inspired by the remarkable stories and accomplishments we heard from the various women and “SupportHERs” tonight. I also just had a really great time at our Roche table where we had an amazing blend of some of our most senior leaders as well as some very early in their career colleagues, all very different women, but all equally inspiring. Brigette Nolet, President and CEO, Roche Canada Pharma

It’s exciting and inspiring to meet that many amazing human beings in one setting. The women were awesome! From scientists to medical specialists, singers, dancers, artists, finance specialists and more. Every one of them was incredible in their own right. I came away feeling empowered. Anna Hilberry – Portfolio Manager, National Bank Financial, Hilberry Wealth Management Group – Women of Inspiration™ SupportHER Award

Simply humbling to be in the midst of such accomplished and inspiring women across industries within North America! Celebrating the successes of women and the SupportHER™ men will universally drive the change we need to create an equitable future. Congratulations to all the award recipients – your continued accomplishments will serve as a beacon of hope for so many others. Victoria Nguyen, ICD.D Vice President, Direct Financial Services-Simplii Operations, CIBC Capital Markets, 2020 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader

At Gilead Sciences, we set – and achieve – bold ambitions to create a healthier world for all people. From our pioneering virology medicines to our growing impact in oncology, we’re delivering innovations once thought impossible in medicine. As we develop innovative medicines for life-threatening diseases, we recognize it takes more than medicine to improve wellbeing for people around the world. We know we are a stronger company and that innovation flourishes when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Our Women at Gilead employee resource group focuses on enhancing gender equity for women in opportunities and experiences at all levels.

 We are incredibly proud to be a sponsor for the Women of Inspiration™ Awards which recognizes the achievements of women who lead, inspire and motivate others. We are delighted to have some of our own leaders recognized through these awards – Sharon Grehan, PhD for her authentic leader award and Shelly Smith, MBA as a finalist among strong female leaders across North America. Sharon Grehan – Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader Award

It was an honour to be recognized amongst so many women role models who leverage their influence and positions to inspire change.  Thank you, Universal Womens Network™ for leading the way and providing the format and opportunity to celebrate, while also continuing to advance women’s agenda across North America. For me it was extra special to be surrounded by my family and see three generations of women together who truly inspire each other. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to share that moment with them. #AspireHigher Gina Izumi – Senior Vice President, SAP Canada – 2023 Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader Award.

As a proud recipient of the Women of Inspiration™ Authentic Leader award, I must express my sincere gratitude for the unforgettable gala experience – From the splendid performances to the insightful interview with Bobbi Brown, every detail of the night was meticulously crafted, ensuring a memorable evening. Receiving the Authentic Leadership award was a humbling honor, and the opportunity to network with fellow remarkable women and winners was truly inspiring. I deeply appreciate the inspiring work of the Universal Women Network™ over the years, uplifting and empowering all of us to greater heights. Rebecca Pang- RBC, Vice President – Treasury Solutions – 2023 Women of Inspiration Authentic Leader Award

I am incredibly honoured and grateful to have met so many visionary leaders through the Universal Women’s Network™ and receive the 2021 Women of Inspiration™ Economic Empowerment Award. It has been a privilege to collaborate closely with many regional, national, and global partners on a critical objective: to help enable and accelerate the growth and success of women founders, owners, and leaders. It will take sustained collaborative action with critical mass to move this critical dial, and facilitate greater access to the investment, resources, and opportunities required to advance women entrepreneurs. Here in Ottawa, we strive to help catalyze the first woman-owned and led $100 million company in Canada’s Capital. I share this award with all partners who are driving consistent action and progress towards these shared goals. It is a testament to the power of collaboration. Sonya Shorey, Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Collaboration, Invest Ottawa, Bayview Yards and Area X.O | Women of Inspiration™ Economic Empowerment Award

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