2021 Women in Leadership Awards

Shining a light on women in the health industry

The BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards acknowledge and celebrate leadership and commitment to driving change and impact in the health industry

The Awards recognise that leadership occurs at all levels within an organisation and throughout the wider sector. There are three awards broadly targeting the evolving stages of an impactful career – nominally active in the industry for 2-4 years, 5-10 years and 10-15+ years.  

Nominations for 2022 will reopen later this year.

For 2021 the criteria for each category remain the same, but the titles of the BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards have been slightly revised to allow easier distinctionThe Award categories are: 

  1. Emerging Leadership Award – Mover & Shaker 
    This award recognises emerging leaders, on a new path in approximately the last 2-4 years, who are rising stars in the industry.
  2. Inspiring Leadership Award – Making It Happen 
    This award recognises those playing an inspiring and pivotal role in leadership of a project, partnership, or collaborative initiativeapproximately within the last 5 to 10 years. 
  3. Distinguished Leadership Award – Impact For Industry
    This award recognises outstanding contributions by senior executive leaders with a career history of contributions over approximately 10-15+ years.

For specific criteria and requirements for each category, please click through the relevant nomination form below.

The 2021 Awards will be presented on 12th May 2021where awardees will receive an elegant trophy, venue to be confirmed.Awardees will be profiled on the BioMelbourne Network website and through other promotional activities associated with the awards. In addition to boosting the profile of women in leadership roles in our sector, Awardees will also be offered speaking opportunities at BioMelbourne Network events.


Women must work in or support the health sector – including biotechnology, medical technology, pharmaceuticals and other healthtech innovation areasThis includes executives, management, R&D practitioners, suppliers, service providers and other roles engaged with the sector. We use an inclusive definition of ‘women’, including trans women, genderqueer and non-binary people. Nominees and nominators must both be from organisations who are currently financial members of BioMelbourne Network.  

Nomination Process

Nominations are accepted using the online forms below. If required, we can provide form in Word format on request. Each nominator may submit a maximum of two nominations per category per year. These must be submitted in separate applications.
Applications must also include a 2-page CV of the nominee and a statement from the nominator/nominee addressing the selection criteria (max 250 words per criteria). 

Make your nominations using the online forms below. Please ensure you use the correct form.
Emerging Leadership Award Nomination Form
Inspiring Leadership Award Nomination Form
Distinguished Leadership Award Nomination Form

Winners will be selected by the BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awards judging panel, appointed by BioMelbourne Network. All nominations will be acknowledged via email. Winners will be notified no later than 23rd March 2021. This information is strictly embargoed until awardees announcements are made at the awards ceremony on 12th May 2021. 

Read our FAQs for more information about eligibility and nominations.

Read more about our previous award recipients on the Women in Leadership Awards Honour Roll.

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