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?

The Awards

The Advocate

brought to you by Providence Ventures

An advocate is an individual or organization who uses their public platform to promote and advance women’s causes.

The Company

brought to you by Cooley

This organization has created a work culture that supports and advances women, forging meaningful outcomes for its employees that run counter to what’s typical in its industry as a whole.

The Founder 

 brought to you by Microsoft for Startups

A founder has persevered in the face of adversity to launch and grow a business.

The Investor

brought to you by Seattle Bank

An investor has literally put “their money where their mouth is" when it comes to investing in women-led businesses and helping founders succeed. 

The Sponsor

brought to you by Reverb

A sponsor leverages their network and resources to help the women that they mentor advance and succeed in their career. 

The Role Model

brought to you by Copacino Fujikado

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. 

Unsung Heroes

brought to you by Team FFA

Leaders 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 2020 Selection Committee

Betti Fujikado
Co-founder & CEO
Adriane Brown
Venture Partner, Independent Board Member
Hitha Palepu
CEO, Rhoshan Pharma, Author, Early Stage Investor
Melinda Epler
Founder & CEO Change Catalyst
Wayne Sutton
Co-Founder & CTO, Change Catalyst
Erin Chapple
Corporate Vice President, Azure Compute, Microsoft
Annie Liu
Regional Market Executive, Charles Schwab
Dan Rosen
Chairman, Alliance of Angels
Sonya Erickson
Partner, Cooley LLP
Amelia Ransom
Senior Director of Engagement and Diversity, Avalara
Sandra Campos
CEO, DVF, Entrepreneur, Investor, Start up Advisor
Will Daugherty
President & CEO, Pacific Science Center
Leslie Feinzaig
Founder & CEO
Female Founders Alliance
Jessica Eggert
CEO & Founder, LegUp | Board member FFA
Julie Pham
VP, Community Engagement & Marketing, WTIA
Amy Nelson
CEO & Founder, The Riveter
Angela Stowell
CEO, Farestart
Robin Lorenzini
Philanthropist & Community Builder
Diana Murakhovskaya
Co-Founder & Principal at The Artemis Fund
Sara Jones
Innovation Director, Boeing HorizonX
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Sandra Campos

CEO, DVF, Entrepreneur, Investor, Start up Advisor