Women of Innovation

Now in its 16th year, the annual Women of Innovation® program recognizes women innovators, role models, and leaders in science and technology, including outstanding young women at the high school and collegiate levels pursuing technology professions.

Creating and expanding a vibrant network of more than 750 women throughout Connecticut, these outstanding women will be recognized for their great achievements and excellence in the STEM fields.

Women of Innovation® 2020 is a proud collaboration between the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). This year’s awards gala will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.


NOMINATIONS

Nominations are no longer being accepted for this year’s Women of Innovation® awards across 11 categories.

However, all nominees must meet these minimum requirements as well as those specific to the awards for which they are being voted:

  • Currently working or studying in the State of Connecticut.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership abilities.
  • Serves or served as a mentor in some capacity – short- or long-term, life mentor, career mentor, or peer mentor.

Finalists will be announced later this spring.



EVENT TICKETS & SPONSORSHIPS

Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite!  Women of Innovation 2020 will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford the evening of Tuesday, September 29. 

Early bird, individual tickets range from $75-$150; early bird, tables of 8 range from $800-1,200. Early bird discounts will expire on June 30 at which time individual tickets will increase by 17-30%.

Sponsorships for the 16th Annual Women of Innovation awards are now available.  The 2020 Sponsor Packages include some new options and benefits.

Interested in sponsoring Women of Innovation?
Contact Calvin Brown at CCAT, cbrown@ccat.us. All other questions may be sent to workforceinfo@ccat.us.  

Join these outstanding sponsors:

AWARDS CATEGORIES

Youth Innovation & Leadership
Each year, a female high school student who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievements in technology or science, or who has displayed inventiveness or creativity in said fields, is honored at the annual Women of Innovation® awards. Juniors and Seniors are eligible for the Youth Innovation and Leadership award. NOTE:  family members of nominees are not allowed to submit nominations.

Collegian Innovation & Leadership
CCAT and CTC are proud to award Connecticut’s most innovative, successful, collegiate students. Every year, at the Women of Innovation awards ceremony, one outstanding woman is chosen for the Collegian Innovation and Leadership Award. The recipient must be an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement in the technology, science, or engineering areas of study or who has displayed inventiveness or creativity in said fields.

Secondary Academic Innovation & Leadership
A woman working in the secondary academic setting who has created and fostered STEM programs in curriculum development, student research, and/or teacher-student collaborations, and consistently demonstrates STEM leadership and innovation is eligible for the Secondary Academic Innovation and Leadership Award.

Postsecondary Academic Innovation & Leadership
A woman working in the postsecondary academic setting who has created and fostered STEM programs in curriculum development, student research, and teacher-student collaborations, is eligible for the Postsecondary Academic Innovation and Leadership Award. The recipient will have secured outside funding to support her work and/or received peer recognition for her leadership and innovation.

Community Innovation & Leadership
Women who are employed in technology, science or engineering who have devoted their own time and resources, or marshaled those of their company or organization, to support community organizations or non-profits, are honored yearly at Women of Innovation®. One outstanding woman who has created or encouraged a culture of giving at her company or who has volunteered her time outside her workplace receives the Community Innovation and Leadership award.

Entrepreneurial Innovation & Leadership
This award honors a woman who has founded her own company or helped found a company. A woman who has taken great professional and financial risk to make her idea a reality.

Research Innovation & Leadership
Each year, one woman who has developed new knowledge or products, or improvements to products in a corporate or academic setting, is honored with the Research Innovation and Leadership Award. She must exhibit an original approach to her research as well as achieve peer recognition in the technology, science or engineering disciplines. The Research Innovation and Leadership recipient is a woman who has exhibited leadership ability by leading research teams, motivating staff and securing funding or resources to enable her research program.

Small Business Innovation & Leadership
Any woman who has at least three years of managerial or technical experience in technology, science or engineering can qualify for the Small Business Innovation and Leadership Award. The recipient will have managed a program, project, or business unit in an exemplary way in a small company (fewer than 100 employees) or professional services firm.

Medium Business Innovation & Leadership
Any woman who has at least three years of managerial or technical experience in technology, science or engineering can qualify for the Medium Business Innovation and Leadership Award. The recipient will have managed a program, project, or business unit in an exemplary way in a medium company (101-499 employees) or professional services firm.

Large Business Innovation & Leadership
The Large Business Innovation & Leadership Award honors a woman who has managed a program, project, or business unit in an exemplary way. Said project, program, or business must be part of a large corporation (more than 500 employees) or professional services firm and the honoree must also have at least three years of managerial or technical experience in technology, science, or engineering.

Inspiring STEM Equitability Award
Equitability, diversity, and inclusivity are not just women’s issues – they are business, economic, and societal issues. Organizations need change agents who will champion equitability and diversity, and encourage others to also become ambassadors of the effort. The Inspiring STEM Equitability Award recognizes an individual who works to create a climate that is not only diverse but also inclusive of all people in such ways that further the success and promotion of the STEM fields.  The Inspiring STEM Equitability Award is open to any individual, irrespective of gender expression, 17 years of age or older who demonstrates a commitment to promoting equitability, diversity, and inclusivity in the STEM arena.