Austin Woman magazine has been in the business of celebrating women for 17 years and the Woman’s Ways Business Awards are an opportunity to recognize, support and promote these women off the pages. The Woman’s Way Business Awards are Austin’s only business awards for woman-owned and woman-led businesses. Awards are presented in 10 categories, span numerous industries and are chosen by a selection committee of successful, local female business owners and community leaders.
These awards have been critical to our operation as a small business for the past four years and would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and attendees. Thank you all for standing by us and supporting our mission of celebrating and honoring the women behind Austin’s businesses.
Join us June 17, 2020 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott
The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. where the top business women and companies in Austin can network with each other, our sponsors and our vendors. The reception is followed by dinner, an inspiring keynote by Erin Condren and awards ceremony from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1ST
Health and Wellness: This business is leading the way in Austin’s ever-growing health-and-wellness industry with a product or service offering. 2019 Sponsor: Tru-Skin Dermatology
Professional Services sponsored by Cisco: In the services industry, this business is at the top of its class, making a significant impact with the service it provides, including but not limited to marketing, event planning, PR, accounting, legal work, consulting or other professional services. 2019 Sponsor: Cisco
STEM: This business stands on the principle of women supporting women and encouraging more female involvement in STEM at large. *Technology industry encompasses technology products or services, businesses that utilize a technology platform and online businesses (if the business being online only is the reason for the success of the business, rather than the good or service). 2019 Presenter: Lenovo
Social Impact: Social impact is embedded in the core values, strategies and processes by which this business operates and measures results. This business may be a nonprofit or a for-profit organization with a big idea that satisfies a social need and clearly articulated core values. 2019 Presenter: Texas Disposal Systems
Product or Technology Innovation: Innovation and creativity are at the root of all successful businesses, and this business has proven as such with its unmatched product development. *This company has developed a product and taken it to market. This can include a tangible/physical product or a technology-based product. 2019 Presenter: UT McComb’s School
Maker sponsored by Dell: This business was built by a female artisan who is supporting herself with her craft and has reached a level of success that allows her to support other female artists. From jewelry and fashion to pottery and photography to music and art, this category is a celebration of all makers in all mediums. 2019 Presenter: Dell
Rising Star (must be less than three years old): This business is fresh on the Austin scene, but is already making its mark. Over the next few years, we expect great things from this company, as it is on track to scale and become an influencer in its category. 2019 Presenter: On the Dot Woman
Business to Watch (under $3 million) sponsored by Roger Beasley Mazda: From impressive fiscal success to excellent leadership, this business is making a noteworthy mark on Austin and its industry at large. A key factor defining success may include the ability for future scale, community impact and opportunity for women. 2019 Presenter: Roger Beasley Mazda
Business to Watch (over $3 million) sponsored by Bank of America: From impressive fiscal success to excellent leadership, this business is making a noteworthy mark on Austin and its industry at large. A key factor defining success may include the ability for future scale, community impact and opportunity for women. 2019 Presenter: Bank of America
I Am Austin Woman: This woman is beloved in the Austin community for her innate ability to foster engaging and empowering conversation and inspire those around her. Throughout her lengthy career and avid community involvement, she has led with exceptional grace and finesse, her actions echoing the core mission of Austin Woman magazine. The impact she has made as a woman and for women is key.
“Businesses led by women continue to drive our economy in Austin and throughout the country. Our sole mission as an organization is to support women, and we’re looking forward to our fifth year of celebrating the valuable contributions of the many inspirational women in the Austin business community.”
– Melinda Garvey, founder of Austin Woman magazine
All nominated businesses must be woman-owned or woman-led businesses that not only create a measurable impact in their field, but set the standard for all businesses in their chosen field. Nominated businesses must be based in Austin and/or have a significant portion of operations and staff located in Austin.
To qualify as woman-owned, business must be 51% or more woman-owned. To qualify as woman-led, an Austin-based woman must be in an executive role, with PNL responsibilities, and be the most senior-level employee of either the whole company or of a branch of the company.
The woman leader included in the nomination must be making a measurable impact in their company.
Please review the award categories for specific descriptions and eligibility requirements.
The Awards Selection Committee will evaluate all nominations based on the submitted criteria and select finalists in each award category. Employees of Austin Woman administer and facilitate the awards selection process but do not participate in or in any way influence the Award Selection Committee’s voting.
*Please note, if you are selected as a finalist you may be asked to submit a short video to accompany your application.
Finalists will be announced in April.
Winners will be announced at the Woman’s Way Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Austin.
“I enjoy [being a part of the Woman’s Way selection committee]immensely and look forward to women learning more and sharing more with each other. Since last year, I have deliberately changed the places I eat and seek service based on the women I have come to know through this process.”
– Gigi Edwards Bryant, Selection Committee Member, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
GET READY TO JOIN US ON JUNE 17, 2020 AT THE JW MARRIOTT. TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE APRIL 1ST
SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE. EMAIL SALES@AWMEDIAINC.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.
HEALTH & WELLNESS: Better Bites Bakery, Halcyon Home, Nutritional Wisdom
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: Firefly Consulting, Growth Acceleration Partners, Launch Marketing
PRODUCT INNOVATION: Brobe International Inc., Kikupal, TurnKey Vacation Rentals
MAKER: Austin Oddities & Entertainment, Darbie Angell, Sikara & Co.
STEM: Diligent Robotics, Double A Labs, Hello World, InLieu
SOCIAL IMPACT: Austin Angels, The Austin Socialite, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, Seedling Mentor Program
RISING STAR: Ruffner Schoenbaum PLLC, Shohreh Davoodi Coaching, Upper Ninety
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (UNDER $3M): Kelly Wynne Handbags, Prohibition Creamery, Sweet Ritual
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (OVER $3M): American Campus Communities, Bumble, Quality Seafood
I AM AUSTIN WOMAN
Maria Orozova, MODintelechy
Sheri Soltes, Service Dog Inc.
Kelly White + Julia Spann, The SAFE Alliance
SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE. EMAIL SALES@AWMEDIAINC.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.