2021 Women’s Leadership Awards (Pre-event)




Join us as we honor and celebrate the terrific women business leaders in the Los Angeles community with our big virtual awards ceremony. With almost 400 nominees, there are clearly many accomplished and impactful
leaders to draw inspiration from.

It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

Award Categories

CEO of the Year
Executive of the Year
Innovator of the Year
Emerging Woman-Owned Business Leader Award
Champion of Women Award
Mentor of the Year
Community Impact Advocate Award
Woman to Watch Award
NextGen Woman of the Year

Contact [email protected] with questions.

Inside This Supplement

Profile of an Agent for Change

When her alarm sounds at 5 a.m. on any given Monday, the mind of Ellen Cervantes immediately picks back up the work she set aside not long before bed. As she feeds her cats and kisses her husband on the way out the door… Read More

Stewardship and Allyship: Cornerstones to Better Companies and Communities

DEI. CSR. ESG. These are so much more than three-letter acronyms. Diversity, equity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and corporate governance are woven into the very fabric of businesses today… Read More

Are We Seeing a Bullwhip Effect on Consumer Goods?

As the Port of Los Angeles announces (on June 10, 2021) that it is now the first port in the western hemisphere to process over 10 million containers over a one year period, one can’t help but wonder why so many containers are being… Read More

She’s Just a Diversity Hire

“Did that really just happen?” I thought to myself as I left a lunch meeting. I was surprised, and yet sadly, not surprised. Though progress has been made, gender bias still reverberates throughout the business world. Recent anecdotes from talking… Read More

Celebrating Women in the Construction Industry

Throughout her professional life, people have consistently underestimated Ellen Way – at their peril. While many women in the workplace battle old, outdated stereotypes… Read More

Shattering the Glass Ceiling by Negotiating Your Worth

Let’s face it: Women have come a long way in the professional arena. But what about pay? Sadly, women earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts… Read More

Truth Seeking: Three Key Predictions for the Future of Work

Sitting in our boardroom on the 40th floor in the Century Plaza Towers, one of the most iconic corporate real estate locations in Los Angeles, I vividly remember staring out at the majestic skyline views mustering up the courage needed to push for the most… Read More

Women in Finance: The Advisor Experience

Northwestern Mutual is more than 160 years old, but it’s on the cutting edge of the financial services industry. Serving holistic financial planning tailored to its clients’ needs, the firm is a leader in financial security… Read More

Research Finds Women in Corporate Leadership Can Significantly Increase Profitability

What effect does having women in executive roles have on the bottom line? A survey of 21,980 publicly traded companies in 91 countries demonstrated that the presence of more female leaders in top positions of corporate management correlates… Read More

Study Sheds Light on Barriers to Opioid Treatment for Women

After a 2020 Vanderbilt University Medical Center study showed women have a difficult time accessing treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), investigators analyzed comments received from the study’s participants… Read More

Most Want Governments to Act to Accelerate Progress on Gender Equality

A first-of-its-kind international survey finds that the global public overwhelmingly supports gender equality, and a resounding majority is ready for their governments and business leaders to take action… Read More

Did COVID-19 Trigger a ‘Shecession?’

Progress for women in work could be back at 2017 levels by the end of 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to analysis conducted for PwC’s annual Women in Work Index, which measures female economic empowerment across 33 Organisation for… Read More

Top HR Executives Say Increasing Diversity in C-Suite is a Priority

Nearly seven in 10 (69%) of Chief Human Resources Officers and HR executives say increasing diversity in the C-suite is a priority, while 61% say their organizations are prioritizing efforts to increase diversity… Read More

Mastercard and Jennifer Hudson Launch Multi-Faceted Platform Supporting Black Women-Owned Businesses

Black women-owned businesses are vital to our economy and are among the hardest hit by the impacts of the pandemic. Recently, Mastercard announced the Strivers Initiative, a consumer-facing platform, elevating… Read More

Ten Smart Health Tips for Busy Women

Lakeisha Richardson, M.D., OB/GYN last month shared ten recommended smart health tips for women navigating various life stages, serving as an important reminder to be proactive about maintaining women’s health… Read More

Survey Reveals Women’s Mental Health is Linked to Communication Breakdowns

EvolveMKD, a New York City-based digital marketing and communications firm, partnered with global market research firm Ipsos, to field a two-part survey amongst 1,000 U.S. consumers exploring the communication… Read More

Providing Employees with a More Holistic Experience Increases Employee Satisfaction by 15%

To attract and retain talent, HR leaders must evolve their employee value proposition (EVP) to provide a more human deal that centers on the whole person, according to Gartner, Inc… Read More

Access Fund to Deploy $25 Million in Grants to Support 30,000 Women of Color-Owned Microbusinesses

U.S. Bank last month introduced the details of the $25 million U.S. Bank Access Fund – a fund for women of color microbusiness owners, which was first announced in February. The fund, a collaboration between U.S… Read More

Innovative New Tool for Organizations to Assess Culture

Leading NOW, the global advisor to organizations seeking to change mindsets, behaviors, and cultures to be inclusive for all, announces a new online diagnostic cultural assessment tool created by its Center for Diversity & Inclusion… Read More

‘Women CEOs in America Report’ Inspires Action

Late last year, C200, Catalyst and Women Business Collaborative (WBC) released the 2020 Women CEOs in America Report: Changing the Face of Business Leadership. This first of its kind report tells a comprehensive story of women CEO leadership today in not… Read More

Nine Actionable Solutions to Reimagining Board Diversity

As the call for companies to further diversify their boards of directors grows in intensity and urgency – with pressure from Nasdaq to Goldman Sachs to investing giants such as Vanguard – a recent report from Ellig Group and the Society for Human… Read More

‘How She Went Global’ Podcast Launches

Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global (wegg) — a Chicago-based nonprofit organization with a mission to educate, inspire and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide—launched the “How She Went Global” podcast series, wegg President Laurel Delaney announced last month… Read More








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