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

 

 

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 Azure

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

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 Seattle Bank

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

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 Selection Committee

Mary Grace Roske
Mary Grace Roske

Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications & Community Relations at Seattle Bank

Tiffany Yu
Tiffany Yu

Founder & CEO, Diversability

Shila Nieves Burney
Shila Nieves Burney

General Partner, Zane Venture Fund

Megan Ferland
Megan Ferland

CEO, Girls Scouts of Western Washington

Ruchika Tulshyan
Ruchika Tulshyan

Founder & CEO Candour, Author

Aiko Bethea
Aiko Bethea

Equity Consultant | Speaker | Executive Leadership Coach

Will Daugherty
Will Daugherty

President & CEO Pacific Science Center

Betti Fujikado
Betti Fujikado

Co-founder Copacino+Fujikado

Christie Pitts
Christie Pitts

General Partner, Backstage Capital

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

VP of Business Development, FFA

Erin Chapple
Erin Chapple

Corporate Vice President, Azure Compute, Microsoft

Sonya Erickson
Sonya Erickson

Partner, Cooley LLP

Amelia Ransom
Amelia Ransom

Senior Director of Engagement and Diversity, Avalara

Rohre Titcomb
Rohre Titcomb

COO, FFA

Divya Kakkad
Divya Kakkad

VP Marketing, FFA

Sandra Campos
Sandra Campos

CEO, DVF, Entrepreneur, Investor, Start up Advisor

Melinda Lee
Melinda Lee

President, Media Networks at Stage TEN

Leslie Feinzaig
Leslie Feinzaig

Founder & CEO Female Founders Alliance

Jessica Eggert
Jessica Eggert

CEO & Founder, LegUp | Board member FFA

Robin Lorenzini
Robin Lorenzini

Philanthropist & Community Builder

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