The Digital Female Leader Award is an award for inspiring women who advance and shape digitization. The award is an initiative of Global Digital Women (GDW) in cooperation with our partners and sponsors and is awarded by a jury of diverse experts. This year we award the DFLA for the sixth time.

No, anyone can apply for or nominate for the DFLA, no matter which company she belongs to. Whether the company is a sponsor or partner of the DFLA has no influence on the application.

The award ceremony will be taking place at DFLA Summit (22. & 23.09.2023)

All women of the corporate world, politics, culture, education and similar, who promote and shape digitization, can apply or be nominated for the DFLA.

The DFLA is intended to honour individuals or teams. This means that the nomination is not limited to one person per company – you can nominate as many inspiring personalities as you like!

No! The DFLA is international and open to personalities from all countries and fields. Last year there were 800 nominations from 41 different countries!

No, you can also apply in english.

Teams can also be nominated for the DFLA! When you apply/nominate, you can simply specify a main contact person and state in the subsequent application that you are nominating a team.

The application period runs from April 24 until May 22 2023 at 23:59. Until then you can still apply yourself and all your friends or colleagues who you think deserve the DFLA!

It’s simple – just fill out a short application form to nominate you or another person. This consists of just four short questions, about what makes you or your nominated person a Digital Female Leader and some contact details.

  • Describe your project (with which you want to apply) and its unique selling point briefly and concisely! (max. 150 words / 1100 characters)
  • What is the status of your project/startup with which you are applying for DFLA22?
  • Describe in a maximum of 3 sentences why your project promotes digitalization? (max. 100 words / 750 characters)
  • The DFLA stands for new ideas and ways for today but also for future generations. What paths would you like to pave for future generations? (max. 100 words / 750 characters)
  • OPTIONAL: Link to a short pitch video about the person and the project.
    (1) Maximum 1 minute
    (2) Content: who the person is and the unique selling point of their project.

After June 5, our jury will determine the winners of each category until the DFLA Summit in September.

Our jury consists of leading personalities from business and science. The members have expertise in a wide range of specialist areas in order to do justice to all applicants.

The DFLA offers all finalists and winners a great platform to make their stories visible. The finalists are presented in detail on all our channels and achieve great visibility. In addition to the physical award, there is also a small prize for each finalist – stay curious!

Our award categories are very broad, because digitisation is everywhere! We are looking for personalities in companies, politics and society who are driving digitalization forward and shaping it sustainably. So you don’t have to be a programmer or IT specialist to apply for the DFLA!

The DFLA is awarded in the categories:

  • Aufsteigerinnen / Rising Stars
  • Beauty & Lifestyle
  • Digital Leadership
  • Digital Transformation
  • Diversity
  • E-Commerce / Retail
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Future of Energy
  • Global Shero
  • Health
  • Innovation
  • IT-Tech
  • Media / Communication
  • Mobility
  • New Work
  • Social Shero
  • Sustainability

The award categories are very broad. Digitization is a trend-setting topic for business and society and anyone who uses and promotes it can apply for or be nominated for the DFLA. If none of the categories seems to fit, don’t worry! In the application simply enter the category in which you see yourself or your nominee most likely. It is also possible to nominate for several categories.

Last years finalists are a diverse group of founders, journalists, professors, managers, teachers and specialists from various fields. You can find out more about the here.

The award is presented by Global Digital Women (GDW) in cooperation with our partners. GDW is an international network of women in the digital industry. The aim is the networking, visibility and strengthening of inspiring digital minds of our time. With GDW we offer #femaledigitalheroes from companies, politics, associations and organisations a platform and space for exchange and visibility of their career paths. More information about the work of GDW can be found here.

Here you can subscribe to our DFLA Newsletter. In addition we inform you regularly via Twitter and Instagram.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. You can find our contact form here.