Women in Leadership
Executive Impact Award

Women in Leadership Executive Award trophies sit on table

Linkage’s Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award recognizes executives who have demonstrated a deep commitment to the advancement of women leaders at their organizations, and who have ignited lasting and impactful change for women through their leadership.

Recipients of the award are innovators and change-makers who are committed to developing and implementing new approaches to achieving gender parity within their organizations, and beyond. They work to advance and support women leaders at all levels in meaningful ways. And, their personal stories are inspirational case studies of what it takes to achieve results and make an impact.

This prestigious achievement for executive-level leaders is presented at Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute (WIL) each year before an audience of 1,100+ women leaders from all industries.

Each year’s recipients are selected from hundreds of nominations and represent the best of the best in personal and professional commitment to the advancement of women leaders and excellence in leadership.

Honor one of your organization’s executives for their work as a passionate champion of the advancement of women leaders.

Nominations for Linkage’s Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award will open soon. Check back for nomination information and deadlines.

Additional Information

  • The nominee must be currently employed in a full-time, executive leadership position at a public, private, not-for-profit, or government organization.
  • Executives can nominate themselves or may be nominated by a third party.
  • Award recipients must be present at Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute to accept the award and to share their personal stories and leadership advice in an interactive panel.
Winners of Executive Impact Award sit in chairs on stage
Winners of the WIL Executive Impact Award stand for group photo

Previous recipients of the Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award


Corinne Mescher

Corinne Mescher, Vice President Marketing, Global Brand Strategy at MGA Entertainment, brings her commitment to the advancement of women leaders to life through her team and her work to develop products which empower young girls through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

Barbara Turner

Barbara Turner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ohio National Financial Services, the first woman and person of color to hold the position of president since the organization’s founding in 1909, and a true champion for the advancement of women leaders at her organization and in her community.

Nancy R. Corcoran-Davidoff

Nancy R. Corcoran-Davidoff, Executive Vice President, Chief Experience & Human Resources Officer at Hackensack Meridian Health, a dedicated trailblazer who leads through example by leading efforts to advance and support women at her organization, and beyond.


Maureen MacInnis

Maureen MacInnis, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Dentsply Sirona, for her work to foster a mindset and environment of inclusion.

Millie Marshall

Millie Marshall, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, who creates meaningful mentorship opportunities to foster a sense of personal and professional pride for mentee and mentor alike.

Christina Hause

Christina Hause, Chief Sales Officer & VP Marketing, Sales & Business Development for Commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid Markets, Kaiser Permanente, who is committed to creating new opportunities, encouraging mentors and sponsors, and inspiring others to aim high through networking and relationship-building opportunities.

Ella Kazerooni

Ella Kazerooni, Professor of Radiology, Professor of Internal Medicine, Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs, Director Cardiothoracic Radiology, Service Chief Diagnostic Radiology, UMich – Michigan Medicine.

Insights from Award Recipients

Set your guiding principles, based on the situation. Make sure you create clarity, so you can keep your focus. Draft your principles before you start execution.

Maureen MacInnis

Dentsply Sirona, 2018 Recipient

Choose your battles wisely. Not everything is worth fighting for. You don’t want to overuse your power. Use it wisely and thoughtfully.

Millie Marshall

Toyota, 2018 Recipient

Let your team learn to fly without throwing them out of the nest and hoping for the best.

Chris Hause

Kaiser Permanente, 2018 Recipient

Each one of the women about to take the stage have advocated on behalf of women at their organizations. Most importantly, they’ve inspired other women.

Jennifer McCollum

Chief Executive Officer, Linkage

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