The 2020 Leonie Awards will be presented on Nov 3, 2020 in conjunction with the 2020 World Edition of  Break the ceiling touch the sky ® – the Success and Leadership summit for women.


The Break the ceiling touch the sky® 2020 Leonie Awards (The global gender diversity and leadership excellence awards) are the third annual edition of the awards which were established in 2018 to recognize global diversity & inclusion and leadership excellence. The awards provide inspiration to the world to unleash the full potential of D&I on their businesses. 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® to honor his late mother Leonie. This awards program is International, with entries accepted from around the world.


The awards jury comprises 30 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 leadership experience, deep experience with diversity and its evolution and their own commitment and passion to the progress of women to the highest levels of leadership. The jury of the Break the ceiling touch the sky® 2020 Leonie Awards is a “by invitation only” group.


Companies from around the world with more than 1000 employees globally   encouraged to compete for Top Honours at the 2020 Leonie Awards. Companies can participate in multiple categories with a max of 1 entry from their company in each category.  Each finalist company is expected to have participation at the 2020 World edition of the summit of at least five delegates. Winners will be widely publicised via HORP’s International network of partners including news media, associations and chambers of commerce.

Awards Categories

Best Companies For Gender Diversity

The most inspirational overall Diversity & Inclusion strategy/ program highlights business impact of D&I- gender, nationality, race, disability, style, etc.  Could be national/regional/ global.

Best CEO’s/Presidents Leading on D&I

The top CEOs/Presidents who have led and best integrated diversity & inclusion as a competitive advantage for their organization and industry, demonstrating clear business and organizational results.

Best  HR Leaders

The top HR leaders for  outstanding achievements and who consistently have demonstrated outstanding leadership in leading and supporting the  diversity &  diversity agenda and its active acceleration in their organizations.

Best D&I leaders

Recognizes the contributions and leadership of the world’s best leaders on Diversity & Inclusion. Who have built strategic programs that are delivering business impact via D&I. Recognised as leaders of repute in their companies and industries.

Best Marketing Campaigns/Marketers

Celebrates the top D & I Marketing/ Activation Campaigns/ leaders/teams. This award recognizes a marketing effort and leader/team that has played a major role in supporting diversity or the advancement of women in the workplace both in talk and in “walk”.

Best Inspirational Woman Leaders

Celebrates the most inspirational women leaders from around the world for significant contributions a female leader has made not just to her business, but also as an inspirational role model for other professional women to grow and her impact in the community.

Best Male Champions for Gender Diversity

Recognizes the key male champions for diversity & inclusion across the world  who work tirelessly for the advancement of women and other male champions for diversity and who tirelessly and creatively serve as advocates and good role models for D&I.

Best HR/D&I Teams for overall impact in industry

Recognises the entire D&I team of a Company versus an individual for inspirational D&I leadership within  their own Company  and also within the broader industry. Recognizes the teams contribution to collaborating for greater impact with multiple companies.

Nominations Open
July 01 2020
Nominations Close
Aug 31, 2020
Sept 30, 2020
Awards Presented
Nov 3, 2020

How to enter Break the ceiling touch the sky ® 2020 – the Leonie Awards, Nov 3, 2020 alongside 2020 world edition of break the ceiling touch the sky.


  • Nominating leader downloads and fills out nomination form – one per entry and outlines in 1000 words and makes the case with fact, testimonials and data for this particular entry.
  • Nominating leader then makes contribution of 150 USD for each award nomination. 75% of this entry fee is donated to charity.
  • Nominating leaders email entries by Aug 15, 2020 to  and cc along with  receipt number from paypal.


  • Shortlist of Finalists per category will be decided by jury and finalists informed by Sept 30,  2020
  • Top 10 rankings will be announced at the Awards Ceremony of Break the ceiling touch the sky® Leonie Awards on Nov 3, 2020  alongside the 2020 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky®
  • Please note that Finalists  for the awards will be expected to have a minimum of 5 delegates signed up for the 2020 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® 2020 . Registration for the summit enables free access to the Leonie awards session.


  • Finalists in each category are recognized in summit brochure of the 2020 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky®
  • Winners celebrated in special Leonie awards EDMs circulated to 5000 influencers across the world from House of Rose Professional’s proprietary database of C suite leaders and other Company promotional vehicles
  • Special promotion via network partner publication/media
  • News release on winners within 24 hours of awards ceremony
  • Additional profiling as possible in relevant media

Access to the actual 2020 Leonie Awards evening on Nov 3, 2020 is reserved for paid delegates of the 2020 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women on Nov 3, 2020. All delegates at the day summit (0830 to 1715) receive free access to the evening awards session (1715 to 1800).

Registration for the 2020 world edition will open on May 15th, 2020

Awards Jury Co-Chairs

Dali Sanghera

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer,

 Products, Asia Pacific, Accenture

Alex von Behr

President, vBA Consulting and former Global Chief Customer Officer

Unilever Plc

Julie Hamilton

Chief Commercial Officer


List of Jury Members

James Michael Lafferty

Chief Executive Officer

Fine Hygienic Holding

Max Amen

General Manager ANZ, Coty

Max Rangel

Chief Growth Officer

SC Johnson & Son

Penny Burtt

CEO, Asialink

Madhulika Mathur


Pier-Luigi Sigismondi

Worldwide President Packaged Division,


Sarita Singh

Director, Global Business Group

Southeast Asia & South Asia at Facebook

Natalia Shuman

EVP and CEO North America

Bureau Veritas

Chester Twigg

Former Chief Customer Officer

J&J Consumer

Judy Howard


ENACTUS Australia

Kathi Lunardi

Leading Corporate Partnerships and events

 Pennsylvania Ballet

Malathi Das


Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations (SCWO)

Lucy Haydon

Deputy Executive Director

British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore

Dawn Tan Ly-Ru

Founder & MD

Ashurst ADTLaw

Ankush Raisinghani

Vice President HR

Asia Pacific and Africa, Kellogg

Victor Mills


Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC)

Gill McLaren

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

 Syntegrate Consulting, Strategy and Coaching

Umran Beba

Partner, August Leadership

Former SVP, Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer, PepsiCo

Amita Dholakia Chaudhury

Sustainable Business Director for Unilever

South East Asia and Australasia (SEAA)

More jury members to come…