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The Champion Awards!


Last day to nominate

Last day to get early bird tickets!

Last day to vote!

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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Hosted by the Female Founders Alliance, the Champion Awards recognize people and organizations that champion equity and diverse leadership across workplaces. Awardees are nominated and voted on by thousands of professional women across sectors and geographies. 



Individuals, companies and organizations in the United States are eligible to be nominated in the different categories. You do not need to be affiliated with the Female Founders Alliance. Nominations on behalf of others and self-nominations are equally considered.


Nominations are accepted in a 2-week period in June. All nominations are then reviewed by members of the Champion Committee. Five finalists are selected in each category and notified. The public can then vote for winners in each category in July. Winners are announced via a virtual gala held on August 20th, followed by a press release. All nominees are notified. 


The Champion Awards were born two years ago on the heels of our current President’s first year in office; a scary, uncertain, divided time in our nation. Our goal was to celebrate the good in the face of all that was terrifying; to shine a light on the heroes who unite us, who champion others, who move us forward. The Champion Awards were born in the Pacific Northwest tech community and are now open to all sectors and geographies.


Today we face a very real fight against systemic racism in the backdrop of a rapidly escalating global pandemic. Our lives are disrupted because people’s lives are at stake. More than ever before, fear and uncertainty rule the day. And in the face of all this fear, we believe that there has never been a more important time to celebrate the good. 


That is why it is with great pride and excitement that we announce the 2020 Champion Awards, to be held virtually on August 20th, 2020. Read about this years finalists here. Voting is now open.


Vote for your Champions to celebrate their own efforts and others. We are all hungry to recognize the good in others, to parlay the championship we’ve received into bigger and better outcomes for more than just ourselves. Championship is compounding. It’s how we change the world. It’s what we need today.

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.

Some Past Winners

Sarah Bird

CEO, Moz

The Role Model Award


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Karen Okonkwo

Cofounder, TONL

The Founder Award


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Yoko Okano

First Row Partners

The Investor Award


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Megan McNally

F-Bomb Breakfast Club

The Advocate Award


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The Company Award


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Shellie Willis

Redefining You Foundation

The Sponsor Award


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Wayne Sutton

Co-Founder & CTO, Change Catalyst