The 2018 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky ® – the Success and Leadership summit for women has as its Industry and Network Partners the above mentioned organizations

1   Celebrate cross-industry, gender diversity success and leadership excellence.  
2   Network with global C-suite jury members from the world's most successful companies  
3   Be inspired to build your company's business and reputation  

 The Break the ceiling touch the sky® 2018 – The Leonie Awards (The global gender diversity and leadership excellence awards) are an annual awards designed to recognize organizations and individuals from around the world that are making significant contributions to the progress of women in leadership and are testimonial to the increasing positive impact of gender diversity.  The awards provide inspiration to the world on best practices in gender diversity and leadership. The awards were founded by Anthony. A. Rose, best-selling author and Founder of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women® (started by Anthony to honor his late mother Leonie) which enables women from around the world to learn, network and achieve. Unlike other single country award programs, this award program is an International one, with entries accepted from around the world.  


The awards jury comprises over 35 of the worlds most respected leaders in business drawn from multiple locations around the world from the worlds most successful Companies. Each C suite jury member must compulsorily have at least 20 years of business experience leading a business or large organization. Jury members have been carefully hand picked for their global experience, deep experience with gender diversity and its evolution and their own commitment and passion to the progress of women into the highest levels of  leadership.  Only the most credible leaders with outstanding impact on business and their organizations are nominated onto this global award jury.  The jury of the Break the ceiling touch the sky® 2018 -The Leonie Awards (The global gender diversity and leadership excellence awards) is a “by invitation only” group.


1. NOMINATIONs for the 2018 BTC Leonie Awards are now closed and the Jury is deliberating the results. Shortlisted Companies and Individuals will be notified by Aug 25, enabling them to prep for Sept 10 as they consider appropriate when the award winners will be revealed at the 2018 Break the ceiling touch the sky® awards and cocktails.  Shortlisted leaders and representatives of the shortlisted companies for the awards need to sign up for the 2018 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women in Singapore to enable them to attend the evening awards and cocktails. Note that all delegates who purchase delegate passes to the  summit can attend the evening awards session for free.

Entry Categories for Break the ceiling touch the sky® 2018 The Leonie Awards are
Best Companies For Gender Diversity

Highlights the top Companies who walk the talk on gender diversity and the advancement of women and are best in class in making gender diversity fundamental to the company’s success.

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Best CEO’s/Presidents Leading on Gender Diversity

Highlights the top Role Model leaders who have led and best integrated and leveraged gender diversity as a competitive advantage for their organization and industry.

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Diversity & Inclusion/ HR Leader Champions

Highlights the outstanding achievements of the Heads of Diversity/ HR that have demonstrated outstanding leadership to leading and executing the gender diversity agenda.

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Mentor of the Year

To recognize the contributions of a leader who has given of her/his time and effort in a truly selfless manner to mentoring young leaders, way beyond the call of duty

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“Walk the Talk” Campaign of the Year

Gender Diversity Marketing and activation Campaign of the year Award. This award recognizes a marketing effort that has played a major role in supporting gender diversity or the advancement of women in the workplace both in talk and in “walk”.

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Inspirational Woman Leader of the Year

The most inspirational woman leader of the year award recognises the significant contributions a female leader has made not just to her business, but also as an inspirational role model for other professional women and in her community.

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The Tech for Women Award

Tech Solution award. For a Company/ Individual that is leveraging technology / tech solutions to significantly advance gender diversity in the workplace/ improve the lives of women.

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Male Champion for Gender Diversity

Recognizes the Male Champions (irrespective of level) who support gender diversity and the advancement of women and who tirelessly and creative support women in leadership.

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Awards jury announced
March 2018
Nominations Close
August 4, 2018
Shortlist Announced
August 25, 2018
Awards Presented
September 10, 2018
Awards Jury Co-Chairs

Julie Hamilton
Global Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer & Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company

Alex von Behr
President, vBA Consulting and former Global Chief Customer Officer, Unilever Plc

Joy Xu
Head of Global Human Resources, Sandoz (CHRO)

List of Jury Members

Fumbi Chima
Global CIO for Fox Network Group

Max Amen
General Manager for Coty Professional Beauty Incharge of Asia Distributor markets, Middle East and Africa

Yukari Inoue
Managing Director Japan, Kellogg.

Carolyn Miles
President and CEO, Save the Children

Pier-Luigi Sigismondi
President, Southeast Asia and Australasia, Unilever

James Michael Lafferty
Chief Executive Officer, Fine Hygienic Holding

Dawn Tan Ly-Ru
Founder, ADTLaw LLC, MD, Ashurst ADTLaw

Miles Wilson
Vice President & Managing Director, Asia International Hotel Supply

Victor Mills
CEO Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC)

Glenn Osaki
President Asia, MSLGROUP

Stephanie Keen
Managing Partner Singapore, Hogan Lovells

Sarita Singh
Director SMB Southeast Asia at Facebook

Hasan Basar
Founder, Managing Director Bangkok PR

Peter Sharp
President, Taubman Asia

Joy Rice
Vice President, Pernod Ricard

Rachael Jarosh
CEO, Enactus

Paddy Rangappa
General Manager, Pizza Hut, Singapore

Dali Sanghera
Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, Products, Asia Pacific, Accenture

Madhulika Mathur

Erica Marcellan
Director of Membership & Programme, Austcham Singapore

Richa Arora
Chief Operating Officer, Consumer Products Business, TATA Chemicals

Lucy Haydon
Deputy Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore

Amita Dholakia Chaudhury
Sustainable Business Director for Unilever, South East Asia and Australasia (SEAA)

Dr. Lydia Sedlmayr
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Sandoz

Malathi Das
President, Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO)

Annurag Batra
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld and exchange4media

Kash Shaikh
Founder & CEO, Besomebody, Inc.

Ankush Raisinghani
Vice President HR – Asia Pacific and Africa, Kellogg

Gill McLaren
CEO and Founder of Syntegrate

Brian Henderson
Chief Operating Officer,Baker McKenzie

Penny Burtt
Vice-President, Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Visa

Tony Frencham
Group Managing Director, WorleyParsons

Anna Gong
CEO and Founder of Perx Technologies Pte Ltd

Shahira Ahmed Bazari
Managing Director, Yayasan Hasanah

Max Rangel
Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, SC Johnson & Son

Kathi Lunardi
Membership Director, US-ASEAN Business Council

Lynne Anne Davis
President and Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard Asia Pacific

Adele Dai
HR Vice President & Business Partner, Asia Pacific Region PepsiCo Hong Kong, LLC

Sue Gannon
Deputy COO Global Development and Diversity Suntory Holding Inc.