IRELAND’S MOST POWERFUL WOMEN: TOP 25™ AWARDS

Celebrating Ireland’s Most Powerful Women

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners

For all that you have accomplished and have yet to accomplish, we celebrate you!

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Women honoured

10

Hall of Fame Inductees

7

Years celebrating women

Stand in Her Shoes.

Celebrate strong and powerful Irish women.

What makes the Top 25 Winners the most powerful women in Ireland? They are resilient, strong, and they have grit. They inspire you to see from their perspectives, learn and grow. They have faced professional and personal challenges and have come out the other side with a stronger sense of purpose and drive.

2018 Award Categories.

Arts, Sport & Entertainment

This category recognises women for their continued work in Arts, Sport and Entertainment in a country with a rich, historic and celebrated culture, a passion for sport and a diaspora of great entertainers across the world.
Nominees will have added to, and continued, Irish cultural discussion through art, music, literature, broadcasting, journalism, film, sport, the performing arts or entertainment. Considerations will include the Nominee’s achievements and impact on arts or entertainment in Ireland, their original and bold thinking and other measurable factors such as reach or international recognition. Alternatively, they will have achieved recognition in their chosen sporting field.
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:
Career Accomplishments: What has the Nominee accomplished in her career that sets her apart and demonstrates an integral commitment to arts, sport and/or entertainment?
Impact on Irish Thinking and Culture: How has the Nominee had a measurable impact in support of Ireland’s diverse culture?
Vision and Leadership: How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership at in her chosen field?
Community Service: How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?

Entrepreneurs

This category recognises women who own and operate businesses.
Through the nomination it must be clearly outlined that the nominee:
• Must actively manage the daily affairs as the top, or one of the top executives, on or before 1 December 2017
• Must own at least 25% of the shares of a private company (transferral of equity to immediate family for tax reasons will be included in the equity calculation) or own at least 5% of the shares of a publicly-traded company, verified by a letter under the signature of the organisation’s CFO or external accounting firm
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:
Business performance: The development and growth of the Nominee’s business will be considered, and where the company’s current turnover is below €3m, the company’s potential and future financial trajectory will also be considered.
Impact on Irish Thinking and Culture: How has the Nominee and her business had a measurable impact on Irish thinking and culture and where possible, demonstrate the originality of the business and how that has captured a niche or propelled business growth?
Vision and Leadership: How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership within her current business and throughout her career?
Community Service: How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?
Nominees must also provide financial data and an organisational chart with the Nomination.

Future Leaders

This category acknowledges exceptional young women under 29 years of age who have distinguished themselves early in their life and who show tremendous potential to continue making their mark in the years to come. Consideration will be given based on the individuals achievements to date as well as their potential and future ambition. This young woman may be in the working world or may still be in school.
Nominees must be 29 years of age or younger (as of 1 December, 2017) and may be from any background or discipline.
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:
Accomplishments: What has the Nominee accomplished that sets her apart?
Vision and Leadership: How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership and commitment to professional, volunteer, and educational opportunities?
Community Service: How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?

Indeed Business Leaders

This category recognises women who hold the most senior positions in Ireland’s largest companies. Consideration will be given to women who have made a significant contribution to business in their leadership roles in 2017 whether they are overseeing growth, leading fast-paced change or innovation, increasing diversity in their business or sector, role modeling for others or breaking boundaries within their sector.
Nominees must hold a position at the Executive Director level or higher and report directly to the CEO/Managing Director. Nominees must also be in this position on or before 1 December, 2017. Nominees are judged on the following criteria:
Management Role: How does the Nominee contribute to the management and strategic direction of her organisation?
Vision and Leadership: How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership at her current organisation and throughout her career?
Corporate Performance: How did the Nominee contribute to the financial performance of her organisation in the most recent fiscal year?
Community Service: How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?
Nominees must also provide financial data and an organisational chart with the Nomination.

Public Leaders

This category recognises women who hold senior positions and are making an impact on the public sector in Ireland and/or in Europe.
Considerations will include the Nominee’s role, responsibility, reach, and impact. Nominees must have shown demonstrable progress and achievement in their role. Nominees cannot currently be elected by the voting public (public representatives including TDs, Ministers, and MEPs are excluded) and must be Irish but do not have to be based in Ireland.
Nominees must also be in this position on or before 1 December, 2017. Nominees are judged on the following criteria:
Contribution: What is the Nominee’s role in the organisation and what contribution has she made to the management and strategic direction of her organisation?
Vision and Leadership: How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership at her current organisation and throughout her career?
Influence and Impact: What influence has the Nominee exerted in her organisation and its stakeholders, and what has the impact of this been?
Community Service: How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?
Nominees must also provide an organisational chart and evidence of any stated contribution, influence or impact as submitted above with the Nomination.

Trailblazers

This category recognises women who have ignored obstacles and burst through barriers. Each Nominee is the first Irish woman to achieve such a notable accomplishment.
Nominees may have furthered the cause of other women through their work, or they may have established a precedent for others to follow. In short, Nominees have demonstrated resilience and strength in their determination to contribute something extraordinary to Irish society.
Nominees are judged on the following criteria:
Breaking New Ground or Traditional Barriers: How has the Nominee broken new ground or traditional barriers?
Impact of Contribution on Irish Society: How has the Nominee had a measurable impact on Irish society?
Vision and Leadership: How has the Nominee demonstrated vision and leadership in her chosen field and how does she act as a role model for others to emulate?
Community Service: How does the Nominee demonstrate her commitment to the community?

Congratulations to our 2018 Award Winners!

About 2018 Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25™

 Awards

Who can be nominated for a Top 25 Award?

A woman who you believe meets the criteria for the category in which you would like to nominate her. Award Winners have included women from all walks of life. They range from businesswomen, bureaucrats and lawyers to doctors, journalists, scientists, arts administrators and charity executives. What Top 25 Award Winners have in common is they are proven achievers who are strong contributors to their organisations, their fields of endeavour and their communities. You may nominate any woman in ONE category.

May I nominate myself?

Yes. Individuals can submit a self-nomination. If we receive more than three employee Nominations from the same organisation, we will contact the organisation and ask them to withdraw one or more Nominations so three are received.

Is there a fee for submitting?

No. There is no submission fee.

May I nominate someone in more than one category?

No. You may nominate a woman in only one category.

Can an organisation of any size nominate an employee?

Yes. Employers range in size from over 40,000 employees to one in the case of a self-employed individual.

Are women from not-for-profit or public sector organisations eligible?

Yes.

How many employees may I nominate from my organisation?

We will receive a maximum of three Nominations from the same organisation, regardless of the Nominator. If we receive more than three employee Nominations from the same organisation, we will contact the organisation and ask them to withdraw one or more Nominations so three are received. These three Nominations are then brought forward for consideration. You may nominate any number of individuals outside of your organisation. If you are nominating an individual that is outside of your organisation please be sure to reach out to that organisation to ensure they haven’t completed and submitted their maximum of three nominations.

May I nominate someone who is a previous Top 25 Award Winner?

Yes. An individual may win the Top 25 Award up to three times. If an individual is nominated / wins a third time, the judges may choose to award the individual through an induction into Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Hall of Fame.

What are the criteria for induction into the Top 25 Hall of Fame?

An individual may win the Award up to three times. If she has previously won two times and is nominated a third time, and wins, the judges may choose to recommend her induction to Ireland’s Most Powerful Women: Top 25 Hall of Fame.

The person I have in mind has recently left their role. May I still nominate them?

Nominees must be in the role for which they have been nominated as of 1 December, 2017.

Does the Nominee have to be an Irish citizen?

Nominees are not required to be Irish citizens but their achievements must be making a significant contribution to their profession in Ireland. Irish citizens do not have to be working in Ireland at the present time, allowing women to be honoured for their achievements who happen to be on a global assignment.

Can the Nominee be in public office?

No. Nominations will not be accepted for an individual who is currently holding public office in any category.

NOMINATION PACKAGE

How is the Nominee’s privacy protected?

All information provided during the nomination process is confidential to ensure that the privacy of those individuals and the companies they represent is upheld. The detailed financial information provided in the nomination package is shared only with the two to three judges reviewing candidates in one category, the Board Chair and a three-person secretariat. All of these individuals have signed a confidentiality agreement in accordance with the Nomination process to ensure that the privacy of each Nominee is upheld. If a Nominee is selected as a Top 25 Award Winner, all private information (financials, contact details etc.) provided in the Nomination Package will remain confidential.

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What do I provide in the Top 25 Nomination Package?

Each category has different requirements. All require:

  • Nominator Information
  • Nominee Information
  • Category-Specific Questions
  • One Internal Letter of Reference (maximum of one page)
  • Nominee’s Digital Headshot (High-resolution, colour image, minimum 300 dpi resolution, max 2MB, JPEG or TIFF)
  • Nominee’s Biography (one page maximum, Word Document)

Some categories may require additional information such as:

  • Financial Data
  • Senior Leadership Organisational Chart
  • Ownership Position Letter
Who can provide an internal reference?

The internal reference letter may be provided by anyone within the organisation of the Nominee including a member of the organisation’s board of directors.

The judges will note who provides the references. Only one internal letter, which is one page maximum each, will be accepted.

While I am preparing the Top 25 Nomination Package, I may have questions.

Please reach out to the Awards secretariat via top25@wxnetwork.ie. Additionally, we will host two 30-minute conference calls to provide an overview of the Nominations process and to answer specific questions. The dates are:

 Date & Time                                                  Dial-In                                               Access Code

1 November, 2018 at 14.00 GMT               1-800-947186                                      667 831 383

21 November, 2018 at 14.00 GMT             1-800-947186                                      660 636 180

May I include my CV and/or articles along with my submission?

No. Any additional material other than what is requested will not be accepted and will be shredded.

Once I submit the online Nomination Package, what’s next?

Once the online Nomination Package has been submitted, you will be taken to a confirmation page. You can review your submission(s) at any time by logging into your account.  Please note that we cannot review a submission in progress, only completed and submitted Nominations are logged in the system. You will not be able to edit an application after submission. Nominees will be contacted in early Spring 2018 and advised if their Nomination was successful or not. Nominators will also be contacted at the same time and advised if their Nominee has been selected or not.

May I submit my Top 25 Nomination Package by email?

No. The entire Top 25 Nomination Package must be submitted online.

What is the final Nomination deadline?

All Nominations must be received by 4 December, 2017.

SELECTION PROCESS

How do I know you have received my Top 25 Nomination Package?

Once the online Nomination Package has been submitted, you will be taken to a confirmation page. You can review your submission(s) at any time by logging into your account.  You will not be able to edit an application after submission.

How are the Top 25 Award Winners chosen?

An independent group of judges (proxies of our Diversity Champions) reviews each Nomination Package to verify that the Nominee meets the selection criteria for the category in which they were nominated. We will contact the Nominator if we require any clarification. In selecting the Award Winners, our judges consider the Nominee’s achievements in the context of the Selection Criteria of the category in which the Nominee has been nominated.

Once the decisions have been made, when will the Nominees be contacted?

Nominees will be contacted in early 2018 and advised if their Nomination was successful or not.

When will the 2018 Top 25 Award Winners be announced to the public?

The 2018 Top 25 Award Winners list will be made public in June 2018.

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