Woman leader and her team.by Kathie Sandlin, Editor in Chief 

Nominations for Profiles in Diversity’s annual Women Worth Watching® award are now open.

In its 14th year of presenting this award, Profiles in Diversity Journal has proudly recognized thousands of women who are using their influence to change our workplaces and our world.

Nominated by their employers, these accomplished executives come from corporate organizations, world-class educational institutions, the armed forces, and nonprofit groups. Their profiles in this important issue of the magazine not only recognize and publicly celebrate their commitment and achievements, but also enhance the visibility and reputations of the organizations that empower, support, and employ these incredible women.

Nine former Women Worth Watching recipients are now in the role of chief executive officer for their Fortune 500 companies. Countless others have gone on to lead new business units, drive new markets, launch new ventures, and help develop the next generation of women leaders.

What might the Woman Worth Watching in your organization accomplish? And how much can outside recognition change the growth dynamics in your organization?

Nothing influences a woman to succeed like another’s success.

I was lucky enough to be part of the launch of Women Worth Watching, this magazine’s celebration of women leadership, 14 years ago. Some of the women I interviewed for our first few issues inspired me so much that I told their stories for years afterwards. Their stories…and our conversations…had a tremendous impact on my life and career.

Meeting these women who were achieving great things in their organization showed me what leadership looked like in their culture. And isn’t that the key to motivation? Creating that role model to emulate?

Start a movement in your organization.

Clare Boothe Luce said, “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes’; They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes’.”

We hope you’ll take the time to nominate a woman within your organization that is making an unusual effort to succeed, and helps others do the same. Let us help you celebrate the Woman Worth Watching in your organization.  I think you’ll be amazed at what she—and those she influences—will be able to accomplish next.

Nominate your Woman Worth Watching today. Nominations close June 20.