Entry Deadline:

This program is now closed.

Learn more about current programs here.

Ragan will honor the fearless, inspirational and game-changing communicators.

Women in communications continue to make incredible strides in having their voices heard and their ideas implemented. They are rising at historic rates, but the journey is not on equal footing.

Female communicators are telling compelling stories for their brands, their stakeholders, their causes. Ragan’s Top Women in Communications program will tell HER story. We’ll highlight the stories of leading women communicators who are changing the narrative.

Ragan’s Top Women in Communications will be those making a significant impact in their day-to-day job and career, advancing the profession while accelerating growth for their organization. A Top Woman in Communications inspires—she is fearless and an indefatigable player in the game. You likely work side by side with her. It might even be you.

This is the time to tell us about your Top Women so we can showcase the best of the best. To enter this awards program, use 500 words wisely in the entry form to highlight each Top Woman in Communications. Judges will select multiple winners for each category, creating the industry’s premier go-to list of leaders.

Help us highlight the accomplishments of your peers and shine a spotlight on organizations that support female advancement and leadership. Let’s make HerStory together!



 The Women in Communications Hall of Fame

The entry should describe specific measurable achievements and/or examples of the nominee’s impact within her department and beyond. We are not looking for women who are just doing their job; we are looking for women who go above and beyond, and have challenged the status quo. This category recognizes lifetime achievements.

 Bridge Builder

She forges meaningful internal and external stakeholder connections.

 Community Giver

She is giving of her time to people and places outside her employer.

 Crisis Navigator

COVID-19, reputational crisis, natural disaster? She’s the calm in the storm.

 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion

She walks the talk.

 Dynamic Do-er

She rolls up her sleeves and gets it done. And then some.

 HR Leader

If it's Human Resources related, she is the go-to leader within her organization.


She leads with confidence and empathy, and her team looks up to her.


She takes future leaders under her wings and teaches them to fly.

 Rising Star (30 Years Old or Younger)

She may be a relatively young professional, but she’s quickly making her mark on the industry.


She creates a new path that others want to follow.


She sees around the corners and tells captivating stories.

 Wellness Champion

She prioritizes her workforce's well-being, keeping employees healthy and productivity up.


Tell us in 500 words or less about your nominee’s accomplishments in the previous 12 months; Hall of Entries use 1,000 words or less and recognize lifetime achievements. The winning list of Top Women will be those who have distinguished themselves among their peers with meaningful achievements. Choose a category that best describes the nominee and submit your short essay along with any supporting materials you feel will be helpful to the judges. Ragan’s panel of judges will select multiple winners from each category and reserves the right to place your nominee in the category that best fits her accomplishments.

We will recognize women who build bridges between internal departments and stakeholders; women whose enthusiasm and zest make the workplace a sunnier spot for others; women who roll up their sleeves and get more done than imaginable; women who lead with purpose; women who have developed better mouse traps; women who lead great teams.

Hall of Fame entries honor lifetime achievements. All other entries reflect the nominee’s successes in the past 12 months.

You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.

Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:

Lawrence Ragan Communications, Inc.
Attn: Brendan Gannon
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL, 60601


  • The nominee must work in a communications role
  • You can nominate up to 10 women from your organization
  • You can self-nominate
  • The time period: October 2020 – October 2021
  • You can self-nominate or nominate a client or peer from your organization or another organization
  • This is a global award; nominations are accepted from all countries

This year’s program is open to any work executed between Oct. 1, 2020, and Oct. 22, 2021, inclusive.


The price of each entry is $425.

For entries submitted between October 23 and October 29, 2021, there will be a $199 late fee added per entry.

Payment in full must accompany the entry. All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.

W-9 Form / Tax ID Number Request

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?
Our award programs help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization or clients. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about your success and a trophy.
Who can enter?
Nominations may be submitted on behalf of individuals worldwide. Self-nominations, as well as nominations on behalf of colleagues or clients are accepted. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. This program is open to communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
What does it take to be a winner?
We look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. If applicable, please provide metrics or media coverage that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of the nominee's projects. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded.
What are the entry requirements?
Tell us in 500 words or less about your nominee’s accomplishments in the previous 12 months; Hall of Fame entries honors lifetime achievements. The winning list of Top Women will be those who have distinguished themselves among their peers with meaningful achievements. You may also include supporting materials you believe will help our judges evaluate your nomination.
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?
Honorees will be announced in spring 2022. Announcements will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email brendang@ragan.com.

Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring Ragan's Top Women in Communications Awards, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email hannahl@ragan.com.


Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to trophies or certificates.