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06/10/2021

Nominations Open: Top Women in Store Brands 2021

The 2021 Top Women in Store Brands nomination process has opened.

It’s year nine of the awards program – established by  Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE), a nonprofit professional development organization, and Store Brands.

The deadline to enter is Friday, July 23, and all that is required is filling out the embedded nomination form below.

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The awards aim to acknowledge contributions made by women from all areas of the North American store brands industry. WISE and Store Brands will present a total of nine awards during the WISE Annual Meeting in November.

Here's a look at last year's esteemed winners.

WISE and Store Brands have established award categories that provide women from all disciplines with the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements. Managers, co-workers, peers, customers and other industry professionals are encouraged to nominate women in one of the four categories:

Functional Expertise: Awarded to a woman who has made a significant professional contribution to her company and/or the store brand industry through her accomplishments in a specific function or area of expertise. Six awards from this category will be given, including 1) R&D/QA; 2) Supply Chain/Procurement; 3) Operations; 4) Sales; 5) Marketing/Merchandising; and 6) Corporate Services (Human Resources, Information Services or Finance). The award is based on accomplishments from May 2020 through April 2021.

Sparkplug: Awarded to a woman who is new to store brands (one to five years) and has already made a noticeable impact via professional achievements and personal influence for her company, colleagues, customers and/or the industry. Open to all functional areas and based on accomplishments from May 2020 through April 2021.

Innovation: Awarded to a woman who has brought game-changing innovation to her company and/or the store brand industry through the introduction of new products, packaging, technology, merchandising, programs, systems, processes, etc. Open to all functional areas and based on accomplishments from May 2020 through April 2021.

Lifetime Achievement: Awarded to a woman who has spent the majority of her career in store brands and has “made her mark” through professional achievements, as well as personal contributions to her employer(s), colleagues, community and the industry. Open to all functional areas and based on accomplishments throughout her career.

NOMINATION DEADLINE: JULY 23, 2021
Please submit one form per nominee. For multiple nominations, please submit multiple forms. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please email Store Brands’ executive editor Dan Ochwat at [email protected] or Laura Fezouati at [email protected].

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: How will the Top Women in Store Brands award recipients be selected?
A: A joint committee made up of select members of WISE and team members from Store Brands will carefully evaluate each nomination to determine the most deserving candidates.

Q: When will the award recipients be selected and notified?
A: The award recipients will be selected on or before July 31 and notified shortly thereafter.

Q: How will the award recipients be honored?
A: The 2021 award recipients will be honored during the WISE annual meeting held in November, and also will be profiled in a special report that will appear in an issue of Store Brands. In addition, each honoree will receive a special commemorative plaque.

Q: If I nominate someone for an award, will the information/commentary I provide on the nomination form be used within the feature article honoring the award recipients
A: Yes. By submitting a nomination, you agree to allow your commentary about the nominee to be used within the feature article, should your nominee be selected as a Top Women in Store Brands honoree.

Q: If I nominate someone for an award, will someone from Store Brands or WISE be contacting me?
A: Possibly. If we need additional information or clarification, we will contact you.

Q: May I nominate a WISE board member or a member of the Store Brands staff?
A: No. WISE board members and Store Brands staff are not eligible for recognition.

Q: Do the nominees have to be members of WISE?
A: No. Any woman who is involved in the store brand industry may be nominated.