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Check out the 2020 Recipients and WOI Hall of Fame HERE.


EWF supports our community in achieving their goals and advancing their careers by celebrating each other’s accomplishments and acknowledging the ideas and contributions of the women around us. Most notably, each year we present Women of Influence Awards to individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the corporate, government/academic and vendor sectors, "One to Watch”, as well as "Executive of the Year."


The annual Women of Influence Awards presented by Accenture Security and Avanade, honor five women for their accomplishments and leadership roles in the fields of Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy.

  These awards recognize women in five categories: 


Private Solutions Provider
Corporate Practitioner

Public Sector or Academia
One to Watch

  *New for 2020*  

Executive Of The Year

Not sure what category best fits you? See below!

Private Solutions Provider (Managing externally, Security vendors and providing services externally) Nominations in this category focus primarily on external security, IT risk and privacy professionals who come from vendor and consulting companies. Their focus is on providing world-class products and services to customers external to their company. They include roles such as managing director, practice manager, and the usual c-suite roles such as CISO, CPO, and CRO.

Corporate Practitioner (Managing internally) Nominations in this category focus primarily on internal security, IT risk, and privacy practitioners - they do not consult externally for their company (private solutions provider). Corporate practitioners practice their craft within their own company’s networks, systems, and assets. They include roles such as the CISO, CPO, and CRO but are not limited to just the C-suite.

Public Sector or Academia Nominations in this category should include women who work in the US or international federal, state, or local branches of government. This includes agency leaders and elected officials at any level of government. Academia includes leaders and contributors at any institution of a higher learner and thought leadership such as a university, think tank (public or private) or even researcher at a private or public company.

One to Watch (Less than 10 yrs industry experience) Nominations in this category can come from any industry and any role (public sector, academia, private solutions provider, corporate practitioner). What’s important is that this nominee has less than 10 years of experience in cybersecurity, IT risk management or privacy. Please note the nominee in this category may have had experience in other unrelated areas before coming to cybersecurity, IT risk or privacy, but still qualifies because the experience is less than 10 years in our industry.

*New for 2020*
Executive of the Year (20+ yrs industry experience) Nominations in this category are for women who have made substantial contributions to cybersecurity, IT risk management or privacy. A minimum of 20 years' experience is required, along with demonstrated accomplishments and influence industry-wide. A woman nominated in this category should be an influencer who has helped shape and challenge us.

Judges select the winners based upon a six-point set of criteria:

  • A positive influence on the professional community
  • The application of creativity or innovation in solving problems or overcoming challenges
  • A demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards
  • History of designing and implementing effective solutions
  • Sustained record of accomplishments and contributions to the field
  • Service as a mentor of trusted advisor to colleagues, students, and others

Finalists are selected by a panel of judges from nominations submitted by the nominee's peers and will be announced in August 2020

Deadline for submissions was July 31, 2020!

Winners will be presented during an awards ceremony held during the 2020 Executive Women's Forum Conference.