The 2020 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  
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 The Break the ceiling touch the sky® 2020 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®  to honor his late mother Leonie. The summit 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.  

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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 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® 2020 Leonie Awards (The global gender diversity and leadership excellence awards) is a “by invitation only” group.

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Nominations for the 2020 BTC Leonie Awards will be accepted from April 10 to May 15, 2020. Entries are accepted on the basis of work from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020  and must be made via choosing the specific categories on this page, then a nominal entry fee paid,  and entry form filled in and sent to  Shortlisted Companies and Individuals will be updated that they are on the shortlist, and invited to secure participation at the 2019 World Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women on Oct 8, 2020 in Singapore.

Best Companies For Gender Diversity

The most inspirational overall Diversity & Inclusion strategy/ program that encompasses all forms of diversity – gender, nationality, race, disability, style, etc.  Could be national/regional/ more…

Best CEO’s/Presidents Leading on D&I

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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Best 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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Best 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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Best “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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Best 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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Best 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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Best HR/D&I Team 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.

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Access to the actual 2020 Leonie Awards section on Oct X, 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. All delegates at the day summit (0830 to 1700) receive free access to the evening awards session (1700 to 1830).

Nominations Open
March 2019
Nominations Close
Aug 5, 2019
Shortlist Announced
August 15, 2019
Awards Presented
September 2, 2019

Awards Jury Co-Chairs

Stephanie Keen
Managing Partner Singapore, Hogan Lovells

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

Helio Fujita
Head of People & Organization for Sandoz International Region (Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Latam)

List of Jury Members

Julie Hamilton
Chief Commercial Officer, Diageo

James Michael Lafferty
Chief Executive Officer, Fine Hygienic Holding

Max Amen
General Manager ANZ, Coty

Max Rangel
Chief Growth Officer, SC Johnson & Son

Carolyn Miles
President and CEO, Save the Children

Stefanie Nickel
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Sandoz

Tony Frencham
Group Senior Vice President, Worley

Madhulika Mathur

Pier-Luigi Sigismondi
Worldwide President Packaged Division, Dole

Penny Burtt
CEO, Asialink

Natalia Shuman
EVP and CEO, North America, Bureau Veritas

Chester Twigg
Former Chief Customer Officer, J&J Consumer

Judy Howard
CEO, ENACTUS Australia

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

Malathi Das
President, 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
CEO Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC)

Fumbi Chima
Global CIO, Adidas

Michael Song
Chief Human Resources Officer, PepsiCo Greater China Sector

Kathi Lunardi
Kathi Lunardi, Leading Corporate Partnerships and events, Pennsylvania Ballet

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

Sarita Singh
Director, Global Business Group, Southeast Asia & South Asia at Facebook

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

Gill McLaren
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Syntegrate Consulting, Strategy and Coaching

More jury members to come…