Entry Deadline: Oct. 21, 2022

Bold. Intelligent. Intuitive. Empathetic.

These are a just of the few of descriptors of the women in our profession. Ragan is looking to honor the latest class of Top Women in Communications who are leading their teams and organizations in impactful, interesting ways. Who are mentors to future generations, who hold truth to power when necessary or who are newcomers excited to make their mark.

Ragan’s and PR Daily’s annual Top Women in Communications Awards will honor these female comms pros—at any stage in their career—whose dedication, drive and innovative ideas have made a positive impact on the communications industry and the people with whom they’ve worked with.

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 your nominees, use 500 words wisely in the entry form to highlight each Top Woman. Judges will select multiple winners for each category, creating the industry’s premier go-to list of leaders.

We will honor the women making the list at a special awards gala in February 2023 in NYC and in special editorial programming.

Help us highlight the accomplishments of you or your peers and shine a spotlight on organizations that support female advancement and leadership.

CATEGORIES

THE WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS HALL OF FAME

 Women in Communications Hall of Fame

These are the legends of the industry whose lifetime achievements are worthy of recognition.

TOP WOMEN IN COMMUNICATIONS

 Bridge Builders

She forges meaningful internal and external stakeholder connections.

 Community Givers

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

 Crisis Navigators

Viruses, reputational crisis, natural disaster? She’s the calm in the storm.

 Data Divas

She’s highly calculating – in a good way – to move the profession forward.

 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champions

She walks the talk.

 Dynamic Do-ers

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

 Leaders

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

 Mentors

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

 Mood Boosters

She lifts all spirits, with empathy, humor and hubris.

 Rising Stars (Age 30 and under)

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

 Trailblazers

She creates a new path that others want to follow.

 Visionaries

She sees around the corners and tells captivating stories.

HOW TO ENTER

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.

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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • The nominee must work in a communications role
  • You can self-nominate or nominate a client or peer from your organization or another organization
  • You can nominate up to 10 women
  • The time period: October 2021 – October 2022. Hall of Fame entries recognize lifetime achievements.
  • This is a global award; nominations are accepted from all countries

This year’s program is open to any work executed between Oct. 1, 2021, and Oct. 21, 2022, inclusive.

ENTRY FEES

The price of each entry is $425.

A late fee of $199 per entry will be added to all entries received after 11:59 p.m. Central time on Oct. 21, 2022.

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.

W-9 Form / Tax ID Number Request

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?
It is increasingly important to recognize the important role of female communications professionals within an organization. This awards program allows you to prove your value, or the value of your colleagues or clients. A Top Woman in Communications reflects on the entire organization. Winners will earn publicity for their work and their across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about their work 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?
We will honor the women making the list at a special awards gala in February 2023 in NYC and in special editorial programming.

Additional Questions

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

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.