Call for Nominations: WomenCorporateDirectors 2016 Visionary Awards

Seeking Companies, CEOs, and Directors Who Are "Real Trailblazers Setting New Benchmarks for the Rest of the World"

Deadline: August 31, 2015

Jul 27, 2015, 11:00 ET from WomenCorporateDirectors

NEW YORK, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- "Visionary companies, CEOs, and board members break out of old assumptions about what works -- they not only push themselves forward, but inspire us all to greater corporate governance and better performance," says Susan Stautberg, CEO and co-founder of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD). "The WCD Visionary Awards recognize leaders, both companies and individuals, who take their vision and make it real -- creating stronger organizations designed around the future, not around the past."

The Visionary Awards -- created in 2011 by WCD, the premier organization of women board directors globally -- has tapped since its launch an elite cohort ranging from Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever to DuPont's Ellen Kullman, former Kraft CEO and chair Irene Rosenfeld, and former Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino.

Each year at the WCD Global Institute, CEOs and board chairs from the winning companies receive their award at a dinner convening 300+ top business leaders from around the world.

Nominations for the 2016 Visionary Awards may be submitted to WCD by August 31, 2015. Awards are given for:

  • Leadership and Governance of a Public Company (company award)
  • Innovation in Shared Value (company award)
  • Leadership and Governance of a Private Company (company award)
  • Strategic Leadership (award for a woman CEO, board chair, lead director, or director)

"The companies, CEOs, and directors we honor are truly leaders among their peers," says Stautberg. Estelle Metayer, co-chair of the awards committee, describes Visionary Award winners as "the real trailblazers who are setting new benchmarks for the rest of the world." 

To nominate a company, CEO, or director for the 2016 Visionary Awards, please go to For more information about WCD, please contact Suzanne Oaks Brownstein or Trang Mar of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or

About WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) 
WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors, comprised of more than 3,500 members serving on over 6,500 boards in 69 chapters around the world, with many more slated in the next two quarters. The aggregate market capitalization of public companies on whose boards WCD members serve is $8 trillion -- if WCD were a country, its economy would be the world's third largest, behind only the U.S. and China. In addition, WCD members serve on numerous boards of large private companies globally.

WCD membership provides a unique platform for learning from the intellectual capital of accomplished women from around the world, and WCD's mission is to increase courage, candor, inclusion, and cohesion in the boardroom. KPMG is a Global Lead Sponsor of WCD. Spencer Stuart is a Premier Global Partner, Diligent is Global Executive Sponsor, and WCD Strategic Partners include Marriott International, Marsh & McLennan Companies, McGraw Hill Financial, and Pearl Meyer & Partners; WCD Alliance Partners include International Finance Corporation (IFC), JPMorgan Chase, and Northern Trust.

WCD has 69 global chapters, located in Arizona, Atlanta, Beijing, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Chile, Cleveland, Colombia, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Delhi, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greater Colorado, Greater New Mexico, Guatemala, Gulf Cooperation Council, Hanoi, Hawaii, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kansas City, Kenya, London, Los Angeles/Orange County, Malaysia, Melbourne, Mexico, Milan, Minnesota, Mongolia, Morocco, Mumbai, Netherlands, New York, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern California, North Florida/South Georgia, Panama, Peru, Philadelphia, Philippines, Quebec, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, San Diego, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Shanghai, Singapore, South Africa, South Florida, Spain, Switzerland, Sydney, Tennessee, Toronto, Turkey, Washington, D.C, and Western Canada. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @WomenCorpDirs, #WCDboards.

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