Board and Management
Women working in a management role or on a board in either public and private companies. These women might be running a team, a key project, or influencing policy. Their influence extends beyond their formal role to personal support, mentoring and networks.
Women working in the public sector at either a local or national level. This may include those working in agencies or in an advisory role to influence and change public policy to support better social inclusion and equality.
Innovation and Science
Women who are driving innovation within a business or workplace - through their work in the sciences, medicine, academia, technology, finance, engineering or in organisational design and management.
Women who are business founders, owners, part-owners or operators who are actively involved in the business. This category recognises women who have substantially developed a business and led its strategy and direction.
Women who have dedicated themselves to consistently advocating for a more diverse workforce and who have helped make the change happen. This includes advocacy in the boardroom, in government, lobby groups, in business or the community.
Young women aged under 25 (as at 14 August 2015) who demonstrate a capacity to influence and act as catalyst for change. They represent a new generation of leader in advocating for and giving a voice to younger women and their concerns.
Community/Not for profit
Women working in community projects or campaigns in the not for profit sector, which may cover health, local education, domestic violence, financial literacy, cultural or ethnic diversity programmes.
Arts & Culture
This category recognises women who are contributing to the advancement of arts and culture. This may include women who have achieved exemplary artistic accomplishments, or those who are contributing to arts and/or cultural initiatives - empowering others and demonstrating advocacy for the arts and culture industry.
Women who are demonstrating leadership and influence in the rural and agricultural sector. This may be in advocating for women or in demonstrating initiative which is having a positive impact on this sector.
Celebrating New Zealand women whose work is having an impact internationally, the Global category recognises those who are leading and influencing outside of New Zealand.