Nominations are closing soon for the Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in 2022, with final submissions accepted by Friday 1 April as Channel Asia sets the industry benchmark for female excellence and gender diversity and inclusion (D&I) in Southeast Asia.
From early-stage graduates to experienced industry leaders -- and everyone in-between -- WIICTA recognises inspiring examples of female creativity and ingenuity in equal measure, spanning all job functions and disciplines from all markets across ASEAN. This is in addition to pioneering organisations and individuals who have gone beyond surface-level commitments through the introduction of policies and programs to meet D&I goals.
In 2022, WIICTA will honour the channel across eight categories, spanning Innovation, Technical, Entrepreneur, Graduate, Rising Star, Shining Star, Achievement and D&I Champion (Company and Individual) awards.
Nominations are free to enter and can be submitted by an individual, an employee, employer or business partner. Note only ASEAN-based individuals are eligible, with finalists and winners selected by an executive judging panel of business leaders from partner, vendor and distributor organisations.
Eligible markets in ASEAN include Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar, in addition to Hong Kong.
“At Channel Asia, we are proud and privileged to celebrate such a talented group of female front runners in Southeast Asia,” said Cherry Yumul, vice president of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at IDG. “This is a market committed to gender D&I and continually raising the bar in helping showcase the achievements of such an inspiring and expanding community of women in the local channel.
“There are more gems to find in ASEAN with this recognition not only carrying personal significance for the individuals nominated, but also meaning a great deal to their leaders, mentors, colleagues and family.
“We said it before and we’ll say it again, behind anyone's success is a village of enablers and cheerleaders. May the continued success of WIICTA inspire other women in our community to amplify their narrative and showcase their achievements.”
Channel Asia has celebrated gender D&I and recognised female excellence across the ASEAN channel since first launching WIICTA in 2019, providing a platform to showcase influential figures across the local industry.
The awards program reached record-breaking levels in 2021 with 160 finalists (150 individuals and 10 companies) making the shortlist from a pool of more than 65 organisations and over 220 nominations, spanning partner, telco, vendor and distributor businesses.
This culminated in more than 520 attendees coming together under the Channel Asia virtual roof to set new levels of female achievement and accomplishment.
Since launching three years ago, the collective aim of WIICTA has remain unchanged -- to ensure as many outstanding women are endorsed through this unique awards program as possible, aligned to the unified goal of providing a platform upon which aspiring female talent can shine across ASEAN.
The winners will be announced at a virtual celebration in June.
Channel Asia WIICTA categories in 2022:
This award recognises a creative-thinking candidate who is a standout in bringing innovation to life through a big picture and out-of-the-box approach to business. This individual is unrivalled at converting embryonic ideas into viable working solutions through a unique thought process designed to continually push the envelope.
This award recognises excellence in the form of technical and engineering expertise, honouring deep domain knowledge in relation to technology products, solutions and services. This candidate has provided business value through specialised skills and competence, spanning technical, pre-sales and support roles.
This award recognises an enterprising candidate with a risk-taking mentality, honouring excellence in launching new ventures, products or services. This individual has a proven background in building innovation from the ground up, evident through converting market-leading ideas into viable business offerings.
This award recognises a standout graduate candidate who has leveraged apprenticeship programs to start a career within the ICT industry. Open to all roles and responsibilities, this individual has made an immediate and positive impact on the business through providing a fresh perspective and high levels of professionalism. Note: This award is open to candidates involved in a graduate program between 2019-2022.
This award recognises a standout candidate rising through the ranks within the ICT industry, acknowledging significant advancement during the early stages of her technology career. This individual is growing in stature and importance through demonstrating outstanding business acumen, deep market expertise and high levels of professional integrity. Note: This award is open to candidates with 10 years or less experience within the ICT industry.
This award recognises an established candidate with a strong record of achievement, acknowledging excellence in spearheading company initiatives and driving strategic change. This individual is a consistent high performer who regularly achieves standout business results and continues to assume increased levels of seniority within the organisation. Note: This award is open to candidates with between 11-20 years’ experience within the ICT industry.
This award recognises a standout candidate who has delivered an unrivalled contribution to the ICT industry, evident through outstanding professional and personal achievements. This individual has earned a reputation as an esteemed thought leader following a distinguished career as both a business leader and role model for aspiring executives. Note: This award is open to candidates with 21 years or more experience within the ICT industry.
D&I CHAMPION – Company
This award recognises the standout company in driving diversity and inclusion (D&I) across all aspects of the business, spanning employees, customers and key stakeholders. This organisation has gone beyond a surface-level commitment through the introduction of policies and programs to meet D&I goals, evident through targeted initiatives, strong leadership and clearly defined deliverables. Note: This award is open to all aspects of diversity and inclusion (gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation etc).
D&I CHAMPION – Individual
This award recognises an influential individual who actively drives diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives through mentoring and thought leadership across the ICT industry. This candidate acts as a role model for aspiring executives, cultivating diverse teams to drive change both internally and externally. Note: This award is open to all aspects of diversity and inclusion (gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation etc).
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