Women in Leadership Awards FAQs

If you have a query about the Women in Leadership Awards that isn’t covered in our frequently asked questions, please contact the BioMelbourne Network team on 03 9667 8181 or email info@biomelbourne.org.

Do nominees have to be Melbourne based?
Nominees must be a current employee of an organisation that is a current financial member of BioMelbourne Network, which includes interstate and international members.

Can I complete the application form myself?
Yes, you can complete the application form yourself, but please make sure that your application is endorsed by a nominator from a BioMelbourne Network member organisation.

Does the nominator have to be from the same organisation as the nominee?
No, in fact, cross-organisational nominations are encouraged. Be aware that both the nominee and the nominator must both be from an organisation that is a current financial member of BioMelbourne Network.

Is there an entry fee?
No.

Can I enter more than one category?
No. The awards are designed to recognise women at different stages of their careers in different types of leadership roles. If you are not sure which category to nominate for, please ask us at info@biomelbourne.org

How do I write a winning application?
Tell an engaging story, clearly illustrated with compelling examples of how the nominee is an outstanding leader worthy of celebration and recognition. Be bold and keep your writing non-technical so the impact of the nominee’s leadership achievements can be easily understood.

Will I, or the nominee, have to attend an interview?
No. All judging is done by the panel based on the written application.

Who is on the judging panel?
The judging panel consists of members of the BioMelbourne Network Board and previous BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awardees and will be made public after the announcement of the awards.

How will I, or my nominee, know if I/they have won an award?
All nominations will be acknowledged via email. Winners will be notified (under embargo) two to three weeks prior to the announcement of the awardees at the award ceremony.

What do I, or my nominee, get if I/they win?
Awardees will receive an elegant trophy at the Women in Leadership Awards presentation ceremony and will also be acknowledged at the annual Connecting Women Lunch. Awardees will be profiled on the BioMelbourne Network website and through other promotional activities associated with the awards. To boost the profile of women in leadership roles in our sector awardees will also be offered speaking opportunities at BioMelbourne Network events.

What do I, or my nominee, have to do if I/they win?
Awardees will be invited to make a very brief statement when accepting the award at the award ceremony. Awardees will also be asked to provide a biography, a photograph and a quote. Awardees may also need to be available for media interviews (should they arise) in conjunction with the awards, and are encouraged to describe themselves as the winner of the “BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Award” in their selected category in print and electronic publications.

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