The WaveMaker Awards are designed to SHINE A LIGHT on up-and-coming, high-potential women who demonstrate outstanding achievement, an entrepreneurial spirit, and initiative through leadership within their profession & their community. The WaveMaker Awards are hosted by the Young Professionals Advisory Board of TeamWomen and held annually in October. Five categories of Awards will be given: WaveMaker; Unchartered Territory; Outstanding Mentor; Community Impact; and Lifetime Achievement.
While surprises are great, we encourage you to collaborate with the candidate you are nominating to be as detailed and accurate as possible. See below for award category explanations and a sample nomination form.
Nominations Due: June 30, 2022
You may nominate the same person in multiple categories, however, a separate nomination form must be completed for each award category. Nominations must be fully completed to qualify for consideration. TeamWomen Board members, TeamWomen YPAB members, and WaveMaker Committee members are ineligible. Finalists from the 2021 Awards are ineligible if nominated in the same category. The WaveMaker committee reserves the right to move applicants to another category if it is a better fit.
Awarded to a woman who is making waves in her community, profession, etc. either through demonstration of an outstanding achievement, demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit and initiative or through leadership within their profession or the community.
Uncharted Territory Nomination
Awarded to a woman who has excelled in a typically male- dominated profession or industry. She is a trail-blazer; she inspires and encourages others to have a similar impact.
Outstanding Mentor Nomination
Awarded to a woman who consistently makes a profound impact on the trajectory and advancement of others.
Community Impact Nomination
Awarded to an individual who makes giving back to the community a top priority in ways that benefit the advancement of women, either through their work or through volunteer efforts
Lifetime Achievement Nomination
Presented to a woman who emulates all of the award categories. Her legacy inspires individuals and organizations to pave the way for future leaders.
Finalists in each category will be notified by July 25, 2022.
View the example below as a reference to assist you in your nomination submission.
WaveMaker Award – sample
Awarded to a woman who is making waves in her community, profession, etc. either through demonstration of an outstanding achievement, demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit and initiative or through leadership within their profession or the community. Please keep answers to 300 words or less.
How has the nominee made waves in her community and profession?
- Jane continually elevates everyone around her to be the best they can be both personally and professionally. Her huge heart paired with her drive for success and giving makes her easy to nominate for this award. She has won numerous awards for work with her company, DoReMi Productions, but if you ask her what her big wins are, she would say the time, money, and knowledge she has been able to donate to local non-profits and individuals in Minneapolis. She has mentored several women who were starting their own businesses who now earn over $1 million in revenue, she was a major player in fundraising for Kids in Need Foundation to successfully build a new warehouse to provide teachers with free school supplies, and was recently featured on Kare 11 for her work on the Twin Cities music scene to help local artists gain traction on social media through video campaigns. When she isn’t working or spending time with her family, you can find her volunteering somewhere in the city.
Please list the outstanding achievements the nominee received and the impact of the achievement (on the company, on colleagues, on the community, etc):
- MSPBJ 40 under 40 Honoree (awarded to 40 recipients out of several hundred nominations)
- Twin West Chamber Young Entrepreneur of the Year
- SBA Minnesota winner of Women in Business Champion (awarded to an individual or business that furthers business opportunities for women)
- Twin Cities Film Fest short film production winner for documentary on music production in the Twin Cities (featured several local artists)
Please list leadership/volunteer roles the nominee has been involved in – in both their community and profession.
- Supplied free social media videos for two local nonprofits (Kids in Need Foundation and Cornerstone Women’s Shelter) to raise awareness and fundraising visibility
- Serves on the board for Kids in Need Foundation
- Serves as a mentor for MCTC video and sound production students
- Volunteers with Girls on the Run as a running coach
- Volunteers with Women Venture as business coach