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Women in Leadership
Executive Impact Award

Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award, A Premier Acknowledgement of Champions of Women’s Advancement

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, through their leadership, have ignited lasting and impactful change for women.

Nominations for the Women in Leadership Executive Award are now closed.

Learn more about the 2023 award recipients here!

Recognize one of your organization’s executives for their work as a passionate champion of the advancement of women leaders or nominate yourself for this prestigious award. Recipients of the 2023 award will be honored at the Women in Leadership Institute™ this November 13-16.

About the Award

The commitment to advance women leaders is more critical than ever. Gender-diverse and inclusive organizations achieve better business outcomes, and as organizations strive to meet the challenges posed by the ongoing health and economic crisis, growing and supporting women leaders becomes an even more important business imperative.

The Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award recognizes leaders who have recommitted their work to support and advance women leaders at all levels. Recipients of the Executive Impact Award are innovators and changemakers who are committed to developing and implementing new approaches to achieving gender parity within their organizations—and beyond. And, their personal stories are inspirational case studies of what it takes to achieve results and make an impact.

The 2023 recipients will be recognized virtually at Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute™ (WIL) on November 13-16, 2023; 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.

Additional Information

  • Nominees 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.
  • The award recipients must participate in marketing and communications efforts for the award, including filming a short video and participating in a Q&A to share their personal stories and leadership advice ahead of Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute™ on November 13-16, 2023.

Winners of Executive Impact Award sit in chairs on stage
Virtual WIL Executive Impact Award Winners

Previous recipients of the Women in Leadership Executive Impact Award


Alison Braman, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Hilti North America

Kay Fernandez, Deputy Head, Global DX Branding, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.

Amelia Hardy, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Senior Vice President, Best Buy

Carrie Jones-Barber, Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Foods

Dena LaMar, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Advance Auto Parts


Ashley T Brundage, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, PNC

Mary Kim Elkins, SVP, Taxes, Eaton Corporation

Sally French Tyler, EVP & Divisional President, First American Title Insurance Company

Carla Knapp, National Vice President of Native Services, Boys & Girls Club of America

Lindsey Otradovec, Clinical Vice President of Sales, Intuitive


Ekpedeme (Pamay) M. Bassey

Ekpedeme (Pamay) M. Bassey, Chief Learning Officer, The Kraft Heinz Company

Paige Olson

Paige Olson, Deputy Chief Counsel, The Walt Disney Studios

Sherlaender (Lani) Phillips

Sherlaender (Lani) Phillips, Vice President of Channel Sales, US One Commercial Partner, Microsoft

Courtney Gentleman Schill

Courtney Gentleman Schill, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Payment Solutions, Synchrony


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 CEO 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.


Jim Sterbenz

Jim Sterbenz, Senior Vice President Sales – US Retail, Campbell’s Soup Company

Michelle Oroschakoff

Michelle Oroschakoff, Chief Legal and Risk Officer, LPL Financial

Michelle Webb

Michelle Webb, Executive Director, Employee Experience, TEKsystems

Jana Barbe Cohen

Jana Barbe Cohen, Partner and former Global Vice Chair, Dentons


Jeannine Rivet

Jeannine Rivet, Executive Vice President, United Healthcare


Jayne Parker

Jayne Parker, Chief Diversity Officer, Disney

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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