Call For Entries!

Early Deadline: February 21, 2020
Final Deadline: February 28, 2020

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The Top Women in Media Awards were created to celebrate, inspire and bring together the women who make Publishing such a dynamic community. Each year, the awards program honors 80+ leaders who have made a lasting impact on their brands, organizations and markets—spotlighting the diversity and progress of our industry.

Do you know a woman who is innovating media in new ways and guiding her businesses into new markets? Then she deserves to join the ranks of Top Women in Media Honorees like Myrna Blyth of AARP, Sarah McConville of Harvard Business Review, Allison Overholt of ESPN, Bonnie Kintzer of Trusted Media Brands, Martha Stewart of Martha Stewart Living & Martha Stewart Weddings and more. 

The early entry deadline is February 21, with a final entry deadline of February 28.

For general questions about the Top Women in Media Awards or for assistance in entering, contact Jessica Dombrowski at or 203-899-8436.



Women who’ve successfully altered the course of their brands or the industry for the better.

    Corporate Champions

    Women who’ve steered their companies into new markets, new opportunities, new audiences, and strong, measurable growth.


      Women who’ve launched or rebuilt brands or companies and continue to work tirelessly towards their success.

        Industry Trailblazers

        Women of all ranks who’ve had an exceptional impact on the direction of their industry in ways that are measurable beyond just their own companies.


          Women who’ve made an extraordinary effort, and had an extraordinary impact, on the careers of their colleagues.

            Up and Comers

            Women on the rise, making their mark, even at the early stages of their careers.

              Catalyst Award

              Special Recognition

              Honoring an individual who has driven a tremendous amount of growth for her business and team over the past year. Nominations in this category are complimentary.

                Lifetime Empowerment & Achievement Award

                Special Recognition

                Awarded to a woman who has truly set the standards for creativity, innovation, and leadership throughout her career. Nominations in this category are complimentary. 

                  Entry Requirements And Details

                  ENTRY DEADLINES & FEES

                  Early Deadline: February 21 — entries received before midnight ET on February 21 are $375 each. If you submit the same entry into multiple categories, the additional fee is $250 per category. Entry fees are not refundable.  

                  Late Deadline: February 28 — entries received after February 21 will incur an additional $75 fee per entry. Entry fees are not refundable. 

                  ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                  Applicants must be employed by a media company, a digital-only media company, an association, or work as a consultant or other services-provider to the industry. Previous Top Women may be nominated again. 

                  PREPARE YOUR ENTRIES

                  All nominations for Top Women in Media must include a narrative outlining which category they are entering in, and detailing their specific accomplishments. Testimonials and other supporting materials are encouraged but be kind to the judges and keep it brief. Here’s what you’ll need to include with each entry:

                  1. Nominator contact and company information (the point person for all entry details) 

                  2. Nominee information (the person who is being nominated for an award)

                  3. Justification – Synopsis of why the nominee should win an award. Can include any specific traits and abilities that make this person stand out among peers and how this person’s influence extends beyond her company. (500 word max)

                  4. Career Achievements – Please provide a description that includes 3 specific accomplishments and milestones achieved by the nominee.  

                  5. Hi-res headshot of the nominee

                  6. OPTIONAL – Supporting documents (any supporting documents, videos, URLs to support your entry)


                  Honorees will receive significant exposure and unparalleled recognition with a 100 word profile on, which received 49k visitors each month. Honorees will also be promoted through email promotions to the Folio: database of 60k and on all Folio: social media networks of 41k magazine media executives.


                  Thursday, June 4, 2020

                  11:30AM – 2:00PM

                  Edison Ballroom South, NYC 

                  Honorees will be notified on March 23, 2020. 

                  The women spearheading the progression of the publishing industry will be recognized at the Top Women in Media Awards Luncheon. Join your industry peers, the Folio: and AdMonsters Team and a few surprise guests to celebrate the honorees and all of their accomplishments. Honorees are encouraged to bring their teams, or clients and partners. 

                  Ticket information for the Top Women in Media Awards will be available soon. 

                  Past Honorees

                  • Diane Alfano

                    Chairman & CEO
                    Institutional Investor
                  • Janelle Faulk

                    Head of Programmatic Operations
                  • Annie Granatstein

                    Head of WP BrandStudio
                    The Washington Post
                  • Mirin Fader

                    Bleacher Report
                  • Kathy Ishizuka

                    Executive Editor
                    School Library Journal
                  • Bonnie Kintzer

                    President and CEO
                    Trusted Media Brands
                  • Jaime Levitt

                    Head of Engagement
                    Index Exchange
                  • Joy Profet

                    Chief Operating Officer
                  • Martha Stewart

                    Founder and Chief Creative Officer // Martha Stewart Living & Martha Stewart Weddings
                    Meredith Corporation
                  • Shauna Sweeney

                    Industry Marketing and Intelligence Lead, Global Business Marketing
                  • Maria Taylor

                    Analyst, Host and Reporter
                  • Natalie Williams

                    Chief Operating Officer
                    Brief Media


                  “Receiving the inaugural Catalyst Award was an incredible honor. I’m grateful to Folio: for recognizing the achievements of women in the publishing industry, and for bringing together so many talented women in media to celebrate and inspire one another.”

                  – Sarah McConville, Harvard Business Review

                  “Accepting the Top Women award in a room full of female industry peers – women of several generations, those who forged a path for us and those who will be the next generation of industry leaders – was moving in a way that I hadn’t anticipated. It was incredibly meaningful not just to be recognized, but to share in that legacy of women breaking barriers in their careers. It was a powerful reminder that we are as women all linked to one another, and that our support of one another makes everything possible.”

                  – Mia Tramz, TIME

                  “As a woman who has been passionately involved in journalism for more than two decades, it was such a proud moment to be recognized as a Folio: Top Women Honoree. Being able to connect with other dynamic women in the magazine industry at the Folio: Awards Gala gave me insight and inspiration I could bring back to my team so we can continue to grow and innovate. It is so important to recognize the value that female media professionals bring to the industry and Folio: has always made it a point to both honor their accomplishments and also to try to help them navigate challenges that may arise.”

                  – Alison Overholt, ESPN

                  “As a business entrepreneur who founded a magazine thirty-six years ago, I found it thrilling to be talking to young media professionals who had already reached a level of success that few could have hoped for back then. While their paths will be markedly different from mine, it is still scattered with sexist obstacles. Recognition of their accomplishments by Folio helps to overcome these.”

                  – Carol Ott, Habitat Magazine


                  For general questions and assistance please contact 

                  Jessica Dombrowski 
                  (203) 899-8436

                  For Sponsorship opportunities please contact 

                  Danielle Sikes
                  (203) 899-8433