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The Women in Business Initiative Award

Recognizing impact, innovation, and inspiration of women business leaders

The Women in Business Initiative Award was created to recognize and honor women and women-owned businesses that are creating impact, innovation or inspiration.

Two awards will be given by the Women in Business Initiative Advisory Board at George Mason University’s School of Business, the Women in Business Initiative Woman of the Year and the Women in Business Initiative Business of the Year.

The award ceremony will be held during our annual Tour of Wine event. This year’s event, Tour of France, will take place on May 30, 2019 at the Country Club of Fairfax.

Award nominations are open now through March 17. Nominate an ideal candidate today. You may self-nominate for the award.

WIBI Woman of the Year Requirements

Nominees must be female, have a minimum of 10 years of experience in their industry or career, and be affiliated with the George Mason School of Business (alumna, donor, board member, etc.). Current WIBI Board members are not eligible, but Emeritus are.

Additionally, all nominees must have:

  • Created impact for women in business
  • Innovated for women in business
  • Inspired progress, a movement or action for women in business

WIBI Business of the Year Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, nominated organizations must be woman-owned (51% or more) and affiliated with the George Mason School of Business (female owner must be an alumni, donor, board member, etc.).


To submit a nomination, please complete the below form by March 17.

The WIBI Award Committee will narrow submissions to three finalists in each category. Finalists will be contacted via email and asked to submit a personal video (2-5 minutes long) on why they submitted a nomination and how their work supporting women in business has impacted them personally. Videos will be hosted on a private site and voted on by all WIBI board members. The winners will be notified 30 days before the Tour of Wine event. Their names will not be shared publicly until the event.

All finalists will receive two tickets to the Tour Of Wine event.

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Cassidy at dcassid2@gmu.edu  or 703-993-3164.