Nominate a Woman of Inspiration Open January 1, 2020 Across Canada!

Raising the profiles of women locally, nationally and globally!

Nominate a role model who inspires you to be more and do more!

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Do you know a Woman of Inspiration?

A Woman of Inspiration is an extraordinary woman who leads by example, lives on purpose and inspires others to be more and do more. She is a modern-day hero, game-changer, mover and shaker, and role model who leads by example with courage, confidence, commitment, and integrity. She inspires others to be more and do more and makes an impact in her community and around the globe.

Why Nominate?

By nominating a woman, you are honouring her accomplishments, contributing to her legacy, validating her hard work and her contribution to the workplace. You are taking action to SupportHER and elevate role models so they can be recognized locally, nationally and globally.

Who can be nominated? 

Women of Inspiration Awards is open to all Canadian residents. We accept nominations from women from all stages of business and life representing all industries. Previous nominees have included women from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds: entrepreneurs, business leaders, professionals, executives, scientists, arts and media, journalists, thought leaders, authors, speakers, athletes, lawyers, doctors, musicians, advocates and women in public service from across Canada in profit and non-profit sectors. We believe every woman has a story.

To be eligible, the nominee must complete the online Nomination Package and be in attendance at Woman of Inspiration Gala.

2020 Award Categories

  • Advocate and Catalyst for Change
  • Authentic Leader
  • Change Agent Award
  • Cultural Ambassador Award
  • Customer Experience Award
  • Difference Maker Award
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness Award
  • Game-Changer Award
  • Global Influencer Award
  • Global Impact Award
  • Global Achievement Award
  • Indigenous Leader Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Inspire Award
  • Intrapreneur Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mentorship Award
  • Millennial Leader Award
  • Power Partner Award
  • Rural Leader Award
  • SupportHER Award
  • The Nest Award
  • Unsung Heroe Award
  • Vision Builder Award
  • Youth Excellence Award

For a complete description of the characteristics of each Woman of Inspiration category, see categories.

How to Nominate?

Any individual or organization may nominate a Woman of Inspiration. See Steps and Timeline


  • Nominations open January 1, 2020, Across Canada.
  • Nominations close May 15, 2020.
  • Nomination Packages must be received by May 31, 2020.

2020 UWN Awards recipients will be announced live Women of Inspiration Gala in either Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal depending on your geographical location.


Step 1 NOMINATE A WOMEN OF INSPIRATION (open January 1, 2020 – Deadline May 15)

 Step 2: COMPLETED NOMINATION PACKAGE (deadline May 31, 2020).

Step 3 – Share the good news you have been nominated. You will receive a special 2020 UWN Awards Nominee Logo to add to your signature, website, LinkedIn.

Step 4 – Purchase your Tickets:  Women of Inspiration Awards Gala in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal.


Judging will be based (solely) on completed Nomination Package content submitted to Universal Womens Network™.

2020 UWN Awards recipients will be announced at the Women of Inspiration Gala.


UWN Awards and Women of Inspiration Gala is a National public empowerment event, featuring inspirational keynote speakers, live performances, and Awards. UWN Award winners will be announced live at Women of Inspiration Gala, participate in an Awards Ceremony, receive a signature UWN Award, Letter of Recognition and recognized locally and nationally.

All nominees and guests will be invited to celebrate Women of Inspiration Gala.  Award winners will be announced live at our events.

Early bird tickets will go on sale 2020! Stay tuned for details.

Check out  Past Award Winners. 2020 UWN Awards – Women of Inspiration Speakers, and Program to be announced soon!

Become a Member

We are sweetening the pot for our UWN Award Nominees to become Members of Universal Womens Network™. We are inviting non-members who choose to become members an extra special incentive to leverage your nomination. All nominees who become members will receive a complimentary Member Spotlight upon enrollment.

I’m not a Member, may I still submit my nomination? YESUWN Award Nominees receive interview opportunities for interviews with Virgin Beauty Birth Podcast and Universal Womens Podcast™.

Interview opportunities, Social Media Recognition, increase your personal and professional network!

2020 UWN Award winners will be invited to become members as WOI Alumni.

UWN Award Recipients agree to support another woman on her journey as a MentorHER Mentor for 1 year!

What’s different about UWN Awards?

For one thing, this awards event is open to the public. Our National event was designed to elevate the achievements of women making an impact. Our event is a unique opportunity to connect with key stakeholders across locally, nationally and globally, and build meaningful relationships with women who are groundbreakers and newsmakers. This event is about women celebrating women on a national scale. It’s about connecting. It’s about sponsors— men and women— from the business community voicing their support for the achievements of women and elevating them as role models locally, nationally and globally.

Stay tuned for exciting details about UWN Awards – Women of Inspiration Gala #WOI2020RaisingtheBar.

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WOI2020 Nomination Form

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