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.

Our partners and sponsors are:

  • Accenture
  • Amazon
  • Clifford Chance
  • Comdirect
  • Deutsche Bahn
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • DHL Consulting
  • Finanz-Heldinnen
  • Fujitsu
  • Hauck & Aufhäuser
  • Klöckner & Co
  • NTT Data
  • Philip Morris
  • P&G
  • PwC
  • Telefónica

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 during the Journey to Diversity (Nov 8th 2021 to Nov 11th 2021)

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 740 nominations from 19 different countries – we are trying to surpass that this year!

Nein, eine Bewerbung auf Englisch ist ebenfalls möglich.

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 until July 26th 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.

  • What significance does digitalization have for your career/the career of your nominated person?
  • Why are you/your nominated person a Digital Female Leader?
  • Describe in one sentence what leadership is for you/your nominated person.
  • Short description of the digital project with which you want to apply or nominate another person.

After July 26, our jury will determine the winners of each category until the Journey to Diversity in November. The GDW team and the respective category partners will visit these 18 winners during the Journey to Diversity (08.11.2021 to 25.01.2021) and the awards will be personally handed over to the winners during this visit.

In addition, there is an Audience Award: After the application deadline, all applicants will be presented on our website from August 2 to 15 and the community will decide who will be awarded the Digital Female Leader Audience Award!

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. You can find more information about our jurors here.

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:

  • Career
  • Digital Leadership
  • Digital Transformation
  • Diversity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • FinTech/Money
  • Global Hero
  • Health
  • Innovation
  • IT-Tech
  • Legal
  • Lifestyle
  • Mobility
  • New Work
  • Purpose Communications
  • Social Hero
  • Sustainability

There will also be an Audience Award: After the closing date for applications, all applicants will be presented on our website from 5 to 18 August and the community will decide who will receive the Digital Female Leader Audience Award!

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 year’s finalists are a diverse group of female founders, journalists, professors, managers, teachers, and specialists in a variety of fields. Find out more about the 2020 DFLA 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.