An advocate is an individual or organization who uses their public platform to promote and advance women’s causes.
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This organization has built and uses its platform to support and advance women, forging meaningful outcomes and championing change in its industry as a whole.
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A founder has persevered in the face of adversity to launch and grow a business.
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A sponsor leverages their network and resources to help the women that they mentor advance and succeed in their career.
The Role Model
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A role model demonstrates what is possible for ambitious women. They are someone with a long trajectory, demonstrated integrity and leadership in their field, who inspires other women to strive for greatness.
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Business leaders and investors that have worked tirelessly in the shadows to provide meaningful support to our communities. Whether being on the front lines during the global pandemic or being active in the fight against racial injustice.
The 2021 Finalists
Executive Director of Gender Infinity & Policy, Transgender Education Network of Texas
Founder and CEO of Change Machine
Founder & CEO of HerMD
The Role Model
CEO of The Memo LLC
Founder and CEO of Block Party
Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
Founder and Partner at Operator Collective
Former CAO of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
President & CEO of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and Institute
General Partner at The Venture Collective
Founder of FullCircle & Co-founder of Transact Global
Co-owner of Seattle Storm
Founder & CEO of Xtreme Solutions, Inc. and CEO of Athena Technology Acquisition Corp.
Founder and CEO of Dreamers & Doers
Co-Founder and CEO of Caribu
Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc.
Founder & CEO, Peek.com
The 2021 Champions Committee
Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications & Community Relations at Seattle Bank
Founder & CEO, Diversability
General Partner, Zane Venture Fund
CEO, Girls Scouts of Western Washington
Founder & CEO Candour, Author
Equity Consultant | Speaker | Executive Leadership Coach
President & CEO Pacific Science Center
General Partner, Backstage Capital
VP of Business Development, FFA
Corporate Vice President, Azure Compute, Microsoft
Partner, Cooley LLP
Senior Director of Engagement and Diversity, Avalara
VP Marketing, FFA
CEO, DVF, Entrepreneur, Investor, Start up Advisor
President, Media Networks at Stage TEN
Founder & CEO Female Founders Alliance
CEO & Founder, LegUp | Board member FFA
Philanthropist & Community Builder
The Champion Awards are a grassroots celebration of diverse leadership. Hosted by the Female Founders Alliance, the awards recognize champions of equity across industries, selected by the people they lead.
The Champion Awards are a 3-month process that involves FFA’s large and thriving community, culminating in an unforgettable ceremony and party. Last year, thousands of women nominated and voted for more than 600 champions. Nominees included Lisa Jackson (Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives), Charlotte Clymer (Press Secretary for Rapid Response at Human Rights Campaign) and Toni Hoover (Head of Strategy Planning & Management at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). Read more of last year's coverage here.
Nearly 400 women and allies attended the online watch party, followed by a more intimate VIP mix and mingle. The awards show featured cameos from influential women like the international soccer star and activist Megan Rapinoe, and Pattie Sellers, the editor who founded and led Fortune's Most Powerful Women.
In all, the awards garnered almost 100k impressions across Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
The Champion Awards were founded in 2018 at the outset of the #metoo movement. In under three years they’ve grown from a Seattle-based tech community celebration to a national event that crosses industries. In 2021, we’re poised to cross over to a mainstream national audience, and we’re looking for the right partners to take that step with us. Is that you?