Women of COLOR (WOC)
Innovator Awards
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Presented Online

The Women of COLOR Innovator Awards (WOCIA) honors professionals and institutions whose new and creative businesses, products, and/or ideas help foster innovation in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and other industries. 

Innovate – verb. To make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.

Nomination Criteria & Award Categories

Nominees must be able to demonstrate the following…

  • Mission impact: How your innovation and/or innovative company is helping to address specific challenges faced by your industry and the demographics it serves.
  • A challenge and to the status quo as it pertains to your industry
  • Tangible evidence of efforts driving innovation in your industry.
  • The innovative solution itself — both the technology, product, business practice, etc. involved and how the company/individual is leveraging it.
  • Nominees must also identify as both a woman and a person of color.

2021 Award Categories:

  • Publisher’s Award for Innovative Excellence
  • Publisher’s Award for Non-profit Excellence
  • DEI Innovator
  • Healthcare Innovator
  • Tech Innovator
  • Finance Innovator
  • Wellness Innovator
  • Education Innovator
  • Small Business Innovator


5:30 PM - Opening Remarks & Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Pamela Rosario Pérez

Customer Experience & Business Transformation — Rapid7


Emcee: Erin Alexander

CEO, Founder, & Podcast Host — Melanin Erin Virtual Assistance


5:50 PM - Innovation Leader Presentations

6:05 PM - Award Ceremony

6:20 - Closing Keynote Speaker & Closing Remarks

Closing Keynote Speaker: Angela Patton

CEO — Girls For A Change

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