Ragan will honor the fearless, inspirational and game-changing communicators.

Women in communications continue to make incredible strides in having their voices heard and their ideas implemented. They are rising at historic rates, but the journey is not on equal footing.

Female communicators are telling compelling stories for their brands, their stakeholders, their causes. Ragan’s Top Women in Communications program will tell HER story. We’ll highlight the stories of leading women communicators who are changing the narrative.

Ragan’s Top Women in Communications will be those making a significant impact in their day-to-day job and career, advancing the profession while accelerating growth for their organization. A Top Woman in Communications inspires—she is fearless and an indefatigable player in the game. You likely work side by side with her. It might even be you.

This is the time to tell us about your Top Women so we can showcase the best of the best. To enter this awards program, use 500 words wisely in the entry form to highlight each Top Woman in Communications. Judges will select multiple winners for each category, creating the industry’s premier go-to list of leaders.

Help us highlight the accomplishments of your peers and shine a spotlight on organizations that support female advancement and leadership. Let’s make HerStory together!



 Bridge Builder

She forges meaningful internal and external stakeholder connections.

 Community Giver

She is giving of her time to people and places outside her employer.

 Crisis Navigator

COVID-19, reputational crisis, natural disaster? She’s the calm in the storm.

 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion

She walks the talk.

 Dynamic Do-er

She rolls up her sleeves and gets it done. And then some.


She leads with confidence and empathy, and her team looks up to her.


She takes future leaders under her wings and teaches them to fly.


She creates a new path that others want to follow.


She sees around the corners and tells captivating stories.

 The Women in Communications Hall of Fame

The entry should describe specific measurable achievements and/or examples of the nominee’s impact within her department and beyond. We are not looking for women who are just doing their job; we are looking for women who go above and beyond, and have challenged the status quo.


Tell us in 350-500 words about your nominee’s accomplishments in the previous 12 months. The winning list of Top Women will be those who have distinguished themselves among their peers with meaningful achievements. Choose a category that best describes the nominee and submit your short essay along with any supporting materials you feel will be helpful to the judges. Ragan’s panel of judges will select multiple winners from each category and reserves the right to place your nominee in the category that best fits her accomplishments.

We will recognize women who build bridges between internal departments and stakeholders; women whose enthusiasm and zest make the workplace a sunnier spot for others; women who roll up their sleeves and get more done than imaginable; women who lead with purpose; women who have developed better mouse traps; women who lead great teams.

Hall of Fame entries honor lifetime achievements. All other the entries reflect the nominee’s successes in the past 12 months.

You will be able to upload additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.

Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:

Brendan Gannon
Ragan Communications
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603


  • The nominee must work in a communications role
  • You can nominate up to 10 women from your organization
  • You can self-nominate
  • The time period: November 2019 – November 2020
  • Hall of Fame entries honor lifetime achievements
  • You can self-nominate or nominate a client or peer from your organization or another organization
  • This is a global award; nominations are accepted from all countries

Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your nomination. You can reach him at 312-960-4407 or brendang@ragan.com


The price of each entry is $425. For entries submitted between November 14 and November 20, 2020, there will be a $199 late fee added per entry. All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?
Our award programs help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about your success and a trophy.
Who can enter?
Entries may be submitted by organizations and individuals worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. This program is open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.
What does it take to be a winner?
Although each award program is unique, we look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or media coverage that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded.
What are the entry requirements?
Tell us in 500 words or less about your nominee’s accomplishments in the previous 12 months; Hall of Fame entries honors lifetime achievements. The winning list of Top Women will be those who have distinguished themselves among their peers with meaningful achievements. You may also include supporting materials you believe will help our judges evaluate your nomination.
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
When will I find out results?
Honorees will be announced in spring 2021. Announcements will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please email Brendan Gannon at brendang@ragan.com or call him at 312-960-4407. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email hannahl@ragan.com.

Ragan Communications is not responsible for international shipping fees related to Winner trophies.