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 the Women in Leadership Awards support diversity?

We strongly support diversity and encourage nominations for individuals of all backgrounds.
We use an inclusive definition of ‘women’, including transgender, gender diverse and non-binary individuals.

Do nominees have to be Melbourne based?

Nominees must be currently employed in the Australian healthtech sector. We welcome nominations from leaders based in Melbourne, Victoria and interstate. Please note that the Women in Leadership Award Ceremony will be held in Melbourne in April/May 2024 and in-person attendance by the Award winners is expected.

What types of organisations does the Australian healthtech sector encompass?

We welcome nominations from employees of organisations associated with pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, digital health, academia and research, hospitals and healthcare, R&D services and industry support services.

What types of roles are eligible for nomination?

We welcome nominations from a broad range of leaders at different stages of their careers, including but not limited to: non-executive directors, executive directors, CXOs, managers, project leads, entrepreneurs, R&D scientists, clinicians, consultants, industry service providers and other roles actively engaged in the healthtech sector.

Do nominees have to be a Member of BioMelbourne Network?

No. Nominations are open to individuals from both Member and Non Member organisations. The nominee must be a current employee of an organisation in the Australian healthtech sector.

Can I complete the application form myself?

Yes, you can complete the application form yourself.

What if there are multiple nominators for a single nominee?

We understand that multiple nominators may nominate the same person. We ask colleagues to work together in preparing their nominations where possible. Please note, there is no advantage for nominees in receiving multiple nominations for the same award.

Does the nominator have to be from the same organisation as the nominee?

No. Cross-organisational nominations are encouraged.

Is there an entry fee?

No. Entry is free.

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, with compelling examples of how the nominee is an outstanding leader worthy of celebration and recognition. Be bold, concise and relevant. Write in non-technical language 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 reviewing the written application.

Who is on the judging panel?

The judging panel consists of members of the BioMelbourne Network community and previous BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Awardees.

How will I, or my nominee, know if I/they have won an award?

All nominations will be acknowledged via email. Winners and unsuccessful nominees will be notified no later than one month following the nomination closing date. This information is strictly embargoed until awardees announcements are made at the Awards Ceremony in April/May 2024. Further details about this Ceremony will be provided in due course.

What do I, or my nominee, receive if I/they win?

The Awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony in April/May 2024, where the awardees will receive an elegant trophy. Awardees will also be acknowledged at the Connecting Women Lunch, and profiled on the BioMelbourne Network website and 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?

The Awards will be presented at an Awards Ceremony in April/May 2024, where awardees will be invited to make a brief acceptance speech. Awardees will also be asked to provide a biography, professional photograph and quote in the lead up to the announcement. We also may request other materials to promote the Awards.

Awardees may also need to be available for media interviews (should they arise) in conjunction with the Awards. If this applies, you are encouraged to be referred as the winner of the “2024 BioMelbourne Network Women in Leadership Award” in your selected category in print and electronic publications.

How do I submit a nomination form?

We prefer entries to be submitted online via the appropriate form. You can also use this form to attach the nominee’s two-page CV and testimonials. If required, we can provide a form in Word format on request, which you should return with supporting documentation to info@biomelbourne.org.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can call the BioMelbourne Network team on (03) 9667 8181 or email info@biomelbourne.org with any additional questions.

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