The Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Network is a unique global community inspiring, connecting, and investing in the next generation of women leaders, innovators, scientists, creators, and entrepreneurs - to boldly envision, realize aspirations, create the future, and transform the world.

The Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Awards is a special honor created by the Womensphere Foundation to celebrate and recognize accomplished emerging women leaders and innovators (under 45 by December 31, 2015), who represent the next generation of leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs across a wide range of disciplines and fields:   business and finance; entrepreneurship and social innovation; science, medicine, and technology; education and academia; law, government, and policy;  environment, sustainability, and development; music, theatre, and the arts; and media and culture.

The Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Awards will be given during the 6th Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit on March 3-5, 2016 in New York.



Through the Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Awards, we aim to bring together institutional partnersand media to recognize and celebrate a diverse group of emerging women leaders and innovators who have demonstrated success and impact in creating the future, across all fields and disciplines.   Through the Summit, we will create a platform where they can share their knowledge with a broader audience of young women, as well as with each other.  We also aim to bring together emerging women leaders with potential champions, mentors, and inspiring role models across fields and industries.



Eligible for nomination are outstanding young women in the Womensphere community around the world, who are under 45 on or by December 31, 2015. We invite academic institutions to nominate outstanding faculty, leaders, and students at both graduate and undergraduate level. We invite companiesand organizations to nominate outstanding emerging women leaders within their institution.  We ask that Nominees participate in the 8th Annual Womensphere Summit on December 3-4, 2015, and the Finalists and Winners participate in the 6th Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit on March 3-5, 2016 in New York, to connect with fellow Nominees, Finalists, and Winners from other institutions around the world.

We don’t accept self-nominations, or nominations from family. Everyone being considered for the Awardmust be nominated and recommended professionally.



The Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Award comes with a specially hand-crafted gold-plated silver-based medallion, with gemstones carnelian, citrine, lapis lazuli, and peridot.  Designed by Womensphere founder Analisa Balares, the medallion is hand-made by female artisans in Afghanistan through Womensphere’s social enterprise partner Aayenda, led by its social innovator founder and CEO, Sophie Swire.   The Womensphere Award can designed to be both an Award, and a precious piece of jewelry that can be worn by the Honoree.   



At the 8th Womensphere Annual Summit on December 3-4, 2015, all nominees participating at the Summit will receive a physical Certificate of Recognition for Nomination, for being nominated for the Award.   Nominees must be present at the Summit to be recognized and to receive the Certificate of Recognition.



The Nomination Form is below. Nominations open November 1, 2015 and close on November 23, 2015. The review and selection process takes place during November and December.  Finalists and Winners will be notified on January 2016, and the Awards will be conferred during the 6th Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit & Awards on March 3-5, 2016.