Women in Leadership Awards

Shining a light on women in the health industry

The BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards were launched in 2015 to recognise and champion women, at different stages of their careers, who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical sector, and inspire more women to pursue leadership roles.

The Awards recognise women who work in or support the health industry – including biotechnology, medical technology, pharmaceuticals and other health innovation areas – as executives, management, R&D practitioners, suppliers, service providers and other roles engaged with the sector.

For more information about past recipients, see our Women in Leadership Awards Honour Roll.

Find out more about past years’ Awards: 2016 Awards | 2017 Awards | 2018 Awards | 2019 Awards | 2020 Awards | 2021 Awards

Nominations for 2022 will open 25 November 2021 at the launch event.  To register for the launch event click here  and to view the 2022 Awards page and nomination details click here.

Purpose of the Awards

The BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards are designed to celebrate, honour and profile successful women in the health industry sector: to celebrate women who exhibit leadership in their fields of expertise and have made outstanding contributions to advancing the industry; to honour women who serve as role models and mentors to others and have made outstanding contributions to supporting the industry; and to profile the women who take strategic risks, tenaciously pursue goals and have made outstanding contributions to innovation in the industry.

Award categories

There are three Award categories, recognising women in different types of leadership roles and at different stages of their careers. The Award categories are:

Emerging Leadership Award – Mover & Shaker 

This Award celebrates an inspiring leader who:

  • has taken on a career challenge, career move or career change within the last 2-4 years that has high potential for industry impact 
  • exhibits leadership qualities such as strategic risk-taking, embracing innovation, entrepreneurship and an appetite for driving change 
  • is a rising star, who, regardless of age, is seen as a mover and shaker with high potential for future success in the industry  

Inspiring Leadership Award – Making It Happen  

This Award celebrates an inspiring leader who:

  • has played a pivotal leadership role in delivering a project, partnership, or collaborative initiative within the last 5 to 10 years 
  • through this project or initiative has delivered meaningful outcomes and positive change in the health industry  
  • has demonstrated valuable leadership skills such as collaboration, communication, team building, transformation, innovation, change management, dedication and passion for innovation that has impact

Distinguished Leadership Award – Impact For Industry  

This Award celebrates an inspiring leader who:

  • has held a senior position of leadership (C-level executive, GM, Board Director, Chair)  
  • has significant experience within the health industry sector, 10-15+ years 
  • has shown leadership and vision resulting in meaningful industry impact 
  • demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities, such as integrity and initiative, mentoring and giving back, dedication and determination, resilience and risk taking, and passion for innovation that has impact.  

Nominations and eligibility

Nominees must work in or support the health sector and meet the appropriate criteria for each category. We use an inclusive definition of ‘women’, including trans women, genderqueer and non-binary people. For our 2022 Awards, BioMelbourne Network welcomes nominators and nominees from both Member and Non Member organisations.

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