Congratulations to the Winners of Our Inaugural Event!

What an incredible night of celebration! So often, we read depressing news on how gender balance is slowly creeping forward - or worse still is in decline with ever growing gender pay and pension gaps! Thursday 10th October at the Intercontinetal Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, showed us that all is not doom and gloom - and that there are some incredible people in the world today, trail blazing best practice in gender balanced leadership. 

The night was compered by RTE jounalist, Jackie Fox, and opened by Enterprise Ireland CEO, Julie Sinnamon. Both women did a fantastic job of reaffirming with the audience why this event matters - with Jackie recounting the many news stories that she has been involved in, and Julie giving us a personal history of the impact of growing up as one of ten (yes,10!!!!) sisters!

The final winners for each category in our inaugural 2019 event were announced - and are listed below (also available on and in this video:

  • Best Company: Portolano Cavallo
  • Best Employee Network: Gloria Lorenzo, Oracle 
  • Best CEO: Pamela Quinn, Kuehne + Nagel Ireland
  • Excellence in Raising the Voice of Gender Balanced Leadership: Kristen Pressner, Roche 
  • Gender Balanced Leadership Research; Allyson Zimmermann, Catalyst
  • Excellence in Working with a Charity: Joint winners - Joanna O’Riordan, Mercer and Joanna Freitas & Catarina Soares, Leading Together, working with INSEAD
  • Excellence in Women’s Empowerment: Melissa Raczak, Deloitte
  • Training Initiative of the Year: Bernie O’ Connor, ESB
  • Young Gender Balanced Leader of the Year:  Capt Ayse Asli Basak, The Chamber of Marine Engineers Turkey
  • PWN Member of the Year: Virginia Otel, PWN Romania
  • Manbassador of the Year: Brian Levey, IntervalZero

And we were extremely proud to have gender balanced leadership 'royalty' in our midst when we awarded the Lifetime Outstanding Contribution Award to PWN founder and CEO of 20-first, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox. 

Julie Sinnamon CEO Enterprise Ireland and Avivah Wittenberg Cox CEO 20FirstThank you to all who took part in the event - whether as a volunteer, nominee, finalist, winner, judge, sponsor or PWN Member. The energy in that banqueting hall on Thursday night was enought to light up the world and give us all hope for a much brighter future. 

To quote Avivah - "If you want to go quickly, go it alone. If you want to go far, do it together!"  - and this uplifting celebration of what people are doing, right now, showed us all that together, we will go very very far. 

PWN Global Gender Balanced Leadership Awards 2020 will be hosted in Dublin, Ireland in the month of November - dates to follow. Keep an eye on our newsletters and event website: for more news. 

Full press release availble here.


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