The Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit will convene and empower institutional and corporate leaders, and the next generation of women leaders and innovators, to accelerate gender parity, to advance women in leadership and innovation, to envision solutions to humanity's greatest challenges, and to collaborate in creating the future.  

We invite the participation of leaders and emerging innovators from companies, academic institutions and organizations; women currently enrolled in universities and colleges around the world, across all fields and disciplines; and emerging leaders currently working on the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to join this global convening, awards, and celebration.   This Summit is a global initiative of the Womensphere Foundation.


At the 6th Annual Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit, we are recognizing extraordinary women leaders and innovators with Womensphere Global Awards and the Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Awards. Through these awards, the Womensphere Foundation and our partners will recognize extraordinary women whose work to date have created significant positive impact in their industry, field or discipline, and whose leadership demonstrate great potential to transform the world.  

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This year’ Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Awards will be given across a number of fields and industries to outstanding, promising, inspiring, and high-impact women – across companies,  academic institutions, government, organizations, entrepreneurial ventures, social enterprises, and the artistic community.
At the Summit, we will bring together and celebrate the next generation of women leaders, entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators across these fields: Arts & Design, Business & Finance, Education & Academia, Entrepreneurship, Government, Law & Policy, Media & Culture, Science & Medicine, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Sustainability & Environment, Technology & Innovation.

Who are eligible to be nominated?
We invite the nomination of outstanding, promising, inspiring, and high-impact women, age 45 and under, across these fields.
We have three categories per field:

  1. Professional (for managers, executives, entrepreneurs)
  2. Academic (for faculty and staff)
  3. Student (for graduate and undergraduate student)

 We encourage the participation of Nominees in the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit:
All Award Nominees who register and participate in the Womensphere Summit will be publicly recognized during the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit on March 3-5, 2016 in New York City with a Certificate of Recognition, and inclusion in the celebratory public showcase during the Summit.
In addition, Award Nominees (who register by February 22) who are experts at the topics we are covering in the Agenda, may have the opportunity to be invited to speak at the Summit.

In addition to Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Awards and recognizing Nominees at the Summit, we are also recognizing and creating media around the Womensphere Global 100 Emerging Leaders and the Womensphere USA 100 Emerging Student Leaders – the Finalists of the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Awards.
Who can nominate?
We welcome self-nominations, as well as nominations from others – mentors, managers, and from the companies, organizations, and academic institutions.
The Final Awards ceremonies for Global100, USA100, and Womensphere Global Awardees will take place on September 2016 during the week of the United Nations General Assembly.
In addition to being recognized for their Nomination, Nominees will also have the opportunity to connect with their peers, and learn from world-changing global leaders and innovators at the Womensphere Summit.
Please note that while our Awards are for women only, our Summits are co-ed, as we welcome men to Womensphere Summits, and we have an active community of great male leaders who champion gender parity and the advancement of women.

The Womensphere Global Awards and Emerging Leader Global Awards will be given across a number of fields and industries: 

  • Arts & Design
  • Business & Finance
  • Education & Academia
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Government
  • Law & Policy
  • Media & Culture
  • Science & Medicine
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Innovation
  • Sustainability & Environment
  • Technology & Innovation

Nominations for the Womensphere Awards open on March 5, 2016, and close on March 31, 2016.


* Video courtesy of Project Everyone
** Global Goals for Sustainable Development image from the United Nations

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Additionally, for 2016, we will also recognize women in organizations, corporate initiatives, academic initiatives, academic research, entrepreneurship, or social innovation, whose work positively contribute to achieving the 17 Global Goals:

  • NO POVERTY:  Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • ZERO HUNGER:  Ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition, promoting sustainable agriculture
  • GOOD HEALTH & WELL-BEING:  Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages
  • QUALITY EDUCATION:  Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • GENDER EQUALITY:  Achieving gender equality, and empower ing all women and girls
  • CLEAN WATER & SANITATION:  Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • AFFORDABLE & CLEAN ENERGY:  Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • DECENT WORK & ECONOMIC GROWTH:  Promoting sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, decent work for all
  • INDUSTRY, INNOVATION & INFRASTRUCTURE:  Building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and fostering innovation
  • REDUCED INEQUALITIES:  Reducing inequality within and among countries
  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES:  Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION & PRODUCTION:  Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • CLIMATE ACTION:  Taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • LIFE BELOW WATER:  Conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development
  • LIFE ON LAND:  Protecting, restoring, and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably managing forests, combating desertification, halting and reversing land degradation and halting biodiversity loss
  • PEACE, JUSTICE, AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS:  Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels
  • PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS:  Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development

The Womensphere Award Medallion

This is the Womensphere Award Medallion, designed especially for Womensphere Global Award honorees. The Womensphere Award Medallion is designed by Womensphere Founder & CEO Analisa Balares, and handcrafted by women artisans from Afghanistan through a partnership with Future Brilliance, an extraordinary social enterprise led and co-founded by its CEO Sophie Swire and Board Director Almira Zejnilagic CemmellYoung Global Leader.

The Medallion has a silver base, and is gold-plated, with semi-precious gemstones carnelian, citrine, peridot, and lapis lazuli as the semi-spheres of the Medallion. It is designed to also be re-purposed as a brooch (for the Womensphere Global Awards) or as a pendant (for the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Awards).

On the Womensphere logo's symbolism: At the very beginning of Womensphere in 2007, Founder & CEO Analisa Balares spent many months with Womensphere designers to arrive at the symbol that would become the Womensphere logo, which you see on this Medallion. The logo (and all of its colors) is inspired by nature, and is set to represent key ideals and principles in nature and in our known universe:

  • The spiral is inspired by the Golden Spiral, which we see in the conch shell and the spiral galaxy, and represents continuous evolution and growth. The spiral is also one of human civilization's oldest symbols, so the Womensphere logo pays homage to human history and how far humanity has come to evolve (and how far we have yet to go).
  • The red stands for fire, energy and passion (represented here by carnelian).
  • The yellow stands for light and sunshine, giver of life on earth (represented here by citrine).
  • The green stands for natural life and the environment (represented here by peridot).
  • The blue is meant to conjure images of skies and oceans, and of the principles of infinity and boundlessness that they inspire (represented here by lapis lazuli.)

The logo is also flexible, in that it can be rendered in all white, all black, or all of a particular color, to make it organically fit with whatever background it is on.

The first Womensphere Medallion was given in February 2015 to Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, former Chief Scientist and current head and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and former NASA astronaut.