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Everything you need to know about IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023

Nominations for the IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023 are now live. Will you nominate yourself, a friend or a colleague for one of the highly coveted titles? The lavish ceremony is now in its 15th year and we are looking forward to celebrating it with you at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road.

 

On the evening of Friday April 14th, we will gather with Ireland’s most inspiring businesswomen for a luxurious awards ceremony, during which we will recognise and celebrate the success of every woman in the room. We will reveal the winners in eleven categories, plus the winner of the Lifetime Achievement award and the overall IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year 2023.

CLOSING DATE: Nominations are now closed.

WATCH: What to expect on the night? Watch our HIGHLIGHTS reel from last year’s awards ceremony here

THE CATEGORIES

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Nominees should be switched-on entrepreneurial Irish women, based in Ireland or overseas, with expert business acumen, who’ve developed an innovative idea (either a new product or service) from initial concept to commercial success. The business must be in operation, with filed accounts, for a minimum of three years, with nominees demonstrating a higher propensity for risk, innovation and achievement, along with quantitative evidence of success and growth.

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: YOUNG BUSINESSWOMAN (UNDER 35)
Nominees must be Irish women, based in Ireland and under the age of 35 on December 31, 2023. They should be inspiring achievers with a great track record of success, including at least three years industry experience and/or three years at the helm of their own business, who also show huge promise in their chosen field. In order to qualify, candidates must have at least one year’s filed accounts for the business venture they enter with.

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL
Nominees should be resident in Ireland or working overseas, working at a senior level in their organisation. They should be involved in planning, organising, staffing, leading, directing or controlling an organisation, with at least six years experience in their industry, and/or at least two years in their current organisation. Industry sectors considered within this category include finance, marketing, retail, technology, medicine, legal and media.

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: START-UP
Nominees should be enterprising Irish businesswomen, based in Ireland or overseas, who have established a start-up company since January 1, 2021. Nominees must have filed accounts for at least one year with measures of success including percentage increase in turnover; increased distribution channels, etc. While judges will take particular note of the challenges that the nominee has overcome to date, applications should also include evidence of the business’s potential growth and viability in the longer term.

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: CREATIVE INDUSTRY
The winner of this category will be an Irish woman who’s a proven achiever, having forged a successful career in Ireland and/or overseas through pursuing her creative passions. The areas of expertise may include fashion (design including clothing, footwear, accessories, millinery; boutique owners; fashion distributors; stylists etc); beauty (salon owners, product development and distribution); design (industrial, graphic, interiors, visual); and art (artists, gallery owners).

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: CEO
We’re looking for successful Irish businesswomen, working in Ireland or overseas, in the position of Chief Executive Officer, or equivalent, in an Irish or international organisation. Nominees should have occupied their current role for at least two years, with a considerable career story and biography. Measures of success include a significant contribution to company growth and expansion, regardless of business type underpinned by strong commitment to diversity and corporate social responsibility.

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY
This award will recognise Irish women, home-based and abroad, in the worlds of technology and the digital space. Acknowledging innovation, passion and achievement, the winner shall stand out in her field; a game changer in the twenty-first century who has at least three years industry experience. The winner may be a professional, entrepreneur or employee working at senior management level in the tech/digital world with financial success to back up her achievements to date.

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: SUSTAINABILITY
As the Environmental, Social and Governance message becomes more integrated into all facets of life and business, we want to recognise the individual who has, in the past 12 months (March 2022-March 2023) made a meaningful difference to environmental impact. Our winner will have not only the credentials, but also the experience and tangible output to demonstrate their expertise and influence. Candidates for this award can be self-employed, part of an organisation, an academic, or work on a consultant basis.

THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
We’re looking for an inspirational business woman working in the voluntary or not-for-profit sectors, who has occupied her current role in Ireland for a minimum of two years while further industry experience is an advantage. The successful nominee will demonstrate the use of entrepreneurial principles to organise, create and manage a charitable venture to achieve a desired social change. The main characteristics the judges are looking for include innovation, passion, resourcefulness and risk-taking. This category is open to all registered charities, non-governmental organisations, charitable foundations, community projects and/or social enterprises of any size.

*(NEW) THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: FAMILY BUSINESS
This award recognises an outstanding woman who demonstrates significant achievements in a family business. If you are a founder or have succeeded into the business and hold a key leadership role in the organisation and have been involved in it for at least five years, you are eligible for this category. Judges will be looking for someone who can demonstrate how their skills, savvy and values have contributed to the success of the business.

*(NEW) THE IMAGE BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
We are looking for a woman whose outstanding performance has made a genuine/demonstrable difference to the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. This is a woman who uses her voice and influence for positive change and/or whose leadership means workplace equality goes beyond policies and practices to run through the heart of their sector, organisation or project. The winner will be able to demonstrate how their work will leave a lasting legacy for positive change. We recognise achievement across all strands of diversity, such as race, age, disability, gender identity and belief.

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please email [email protected]

HOW TO NOMINATE

All questions on the nomination form must be completed in full. Only one form can be used per nomination. If you would like to nominate someone for multiple categories, multiple forms must be completed. It is also important to note the category of IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year is not open for nominations, but will be chosen by the judging panel from nominations to all categories, or on the judges’ own recommendations.

You must provide your own contact details, as well as the following information about your nominee:

  • Name of nominee
  • Name of their company/ organisation/ charity/ NGO.
  • Nominee’s job title
  • Business sector
  • Number of years the nominee has worked in the industry
  • Nominee’s position in the company
  • The company’s turnover/profit for last filed accounts
  • The nominee’s role, responsibilities and achievements to date
  • How has the nominee dealt with challenges in her business?
  • How has the nominee’s business grown as a result of her efforts?
  • What does the nominee expect to achieve over the next 12 months?
  • Why should the nominee be considered a role model for other businesswomen?
  • Three reasons why the nominee deserves to win this award (max 200 words)
  • Nominees contact details

WATCH: IMAGE Contributing Editor and IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023 co-host Melanie Morris shares more about the award categories, and what a nomination or win could mean for you and your business here

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • Upon closing date and collation of entries for Businesswoman of the Year Awards, we create a shortlist of, on average, ten entries per category, compiled by editors and directors of IMAGE Media. Criteria for consideration is based on eligibility, strength of entry, strength of business, relevance to category, adherence to category criteria and balance to the overall list. We may move entries to a different category if more applicable (this is flagged on our application form).
  • The shortlist and their entries are presented to the judging panel approximately a week prior to judging day for full consideration and possible further research.
  • Judging day involves detailed study and discussion of shortlistees in all categories. Judges (a panel of approximately 12) are chosen from various business-focused disciplines from education and government bodies, to media and thought leadership, along with senior representatives from IMAGE Media; currently Clodagh Edwards, CEO at IMAGE Media chairs the panel. After discussion, each judge ranks their top selection, from which the winner is calculated in order of popularity and agreed upon. The overall winner of Businesswoman of the Year is decided at the end from all shortlisted entrants and again, chosen after discussion and consensus agreement.
  • IMAGE Media does full checks on winners before they are finally announced/awarded at the Businesswoman of the Year Awards event.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award is selected differently, and in advance of the main process, though selection by IMAGE Media board of directors and editors
  • Please note the category of IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year is not open for nominations, but will be chosen by the judging board from nominations to all categories, or the judges’ own recommendations.
  • Please note that when we use the word ‘woman’ we mean anyone who identifies as a woman – an adult who lives and identifies as female though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth.

If you have any questions or require any assistance, please email [email protected]

 

When & Where

When: Friday, April 14, 2023, from 6:30pm until late

Where: The Clayton, Burlington Road, Dublin 4

Dress Code

Black Tie

Shortlist

The IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year shortlist has been announced! Visit here for the shortlist.

Tickets

How to register: You can purchase a limited number of early bird tickets below:

If you would like to pay via invoice, please email [email protected].

For terms & conditions, please visit here.