Call for Entries Deadline:

This program is now closed.

Learn more about current programs here.

Do you know an inspirational woman who has made a significant impact in the communications industry?

It's time to shine a spotlight on her exceptional achievements and celebrate her contributions. Ragan’s Top Women in Communications Awards is your chance to honor the outstanding women who have redefined the boundaries of communications.

You likely work with one of these dedicated female comms pros—it might even be you. We accept self-nominations, as well as nominations on behalf of colleagues or clients. Help us reach all extraordinary women who deserve to be recognized. Share this nomination opportunity with your network, colleagues and friends, and let's celebrate the achievements of the remarkable women in communications. Judges will select multiple winners for each category, creating the industry’s premier go-to list of leaders.

Ragan will honor the women making the list at a special awards gala in 2024 and in special editorial programming.

Don't miss this chance to highlight the brilliance of women in communications. Submit your nominations now and be a part of this prestigious celebration of excellence.



 Hall of Fame Honorees

These are the legends of the industry whose lifetime achievements are worthy of recognition.


 Bridge Builders

She forges meaningful internal and external stakeholder connections.

 Crisis Navigators

Viruses, reputational crisis, natural disaster? She’s the calm in the storm.

 Data Dynamos

She’s highly calculating – in a good way – to move the profession forward.

 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champions

She walks the talk.

 Dynamic Do-ers

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.

 Mentors & Coaches

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

 Tech Leaders

She uses the latest tech available to work seamlessly in comms.


She creates a new path that others want to follow.


She sees around the corners and tells captivating stories.


 Rising Stars (Age 30 and under)

She may be a relatively young professional, but she’s quickly making her mark on the industry.


Tell us in 500 words or less about your nominee’s accomplishments in the previous 12 months; Hall of Entries use 900 words or less and recognize lifetime 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.

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.


  • The nominee must work in a communications role.
  • You can self-nominate or nominate a client or peer from your organization or another organization.
  • You can nominate as many women as you'd like.
  • The time period: October 2022 – October 2023. Hall of Fame entries recognize lifetime achievements.
  • This is a global award; nominations are accepted from all countries.

This year’s program is open to any work executed between Oct. 1, 2022, and Oct. 20, 2023, inclusive.


The price of each entry is $475.

A late fee of $250 per entry will be added to all entries received after 11:59 p.m. Central time on Oct. 20, 2023.

All entries are non-returnable and non-refundable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?

It is increasingly important to recognize the important role of female communications professionals within an organization. This awards program allows you to prove your value, or the value of your colleagues or clients. A Top Woman in Communications reflects on the entire organization. Honorees will be recognized at a live event in 2024, earn publicity for their work across our websites and social media audiences, a custom write-up about their work, a crystal award trophy and more.

Who can enter?

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of individuals worldwide. Self-nominations, as well as nominations on behalf of colleagues or clients are accepted. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. This program is open to communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors.

What does it take to be a winner?

We look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit the nominee's organization or client. If applicable, 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 the nominee's projects.

Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded.

What are the entry requirements?

Tell us 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?

We will honor the women making the list at a special awards gala in 2024 and in special editorial programming. All entrants will be notified of results at least 3 months prior to the event.

Additional Questions

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

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

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