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2022 Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala- "In This Together"

On October 6th, 2022, Women & Hi Tech will host its signature biennial event, the Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala (LLAs).  We are so excited it is back in person this year! This prestigious event focuses on celebrating Indiana women, including diverse women, in STEM – women who are risk-takers, leaders, educators, mentors, and those who are changing and impacting our local STEM landscape.

As we began in the 2020 LLAs, Women & Hi Tech will again honor our male allies and our Diversity Equity and Inclusion Champions at this exceptional event. During the Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala, we will also award scholarships and grants to women and girls in Indiana pursuing degrees and/or continuing their education in STEM fields. We would be delighted to have you and your organization join us for this remarkable evening at the Indiana Rooftop Ballroom!


Thank you so much to the Signature Sponsor of the 2022 Leading Light Awards, Eli Lilly & Company! 

The theme of this year’s event will be focused on how we are all “In This Together.” The last two years have had impacts on the world that none of us could have imagined. Focusing on how we have come together during these challenging times, particularly in the STEM community, has been encouraging experience and we are hopeful this sense of community and support will only grow going forward.

 Please read more or stay tuned to this site for updated information as we march forward toward the 2022 Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala.  For general information or questions please contact lla@womenandhitech.org.

Meet Our Emcee, Jennie Lopez

Jennie Lopez embodies "Bring Yourself to Work" in everything she does. She empowers diversity and engages employees and organizations to achieve new highs.

Her superpower? Her authenticity! She realized that her strengths are a combination of her Latinx heritage, passions, and learnings from being a mom. Intentionally using her strengths has been the secret towards her personal and professional successful growth journey.

Read Jennie's full bio here.

2022 Leading Light Awards Sponsorship Opportunities

There are several Leading Light Awards (LLA) sponsorship opportunities. This includes supporting a portion of the LLA event as a Signature, Table, Candy, or Bar sponsor. Additionally, there are opportunities to sponsor a scholarship or a grant for professional development. Women & Hi Tech pledges to award at least $50,000 in scholarships this year. Click HERE to view the 2022 Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala Sponsorship Opportunities!

Scholarships and Grants—Applications Open Now!

With special support from our Partners and Friends in the Indiana STEM community, as well as our members, we are committed to award at least $50,000 in grants and scholarships at our 2022 Leading Light Awards.

Apply here for an undergraduate or graduate scholarship

Apply here for a professional development grant

At least the following Women & Hi Tech Scholarships/Grants will be awarded:

  • (1) $5,000 Rare Nickel scholarship will be awarded to the overall top undergraduate or graduate female STEM student as determined by the selection committee.  
  • (1) $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the overall top graduate female STEM student as determined by the selection committee.
  • (1) $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the overall top undergraduate female STEM student as determined by the selection committee.
  • (1) $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the overall top high school senior female STEM student as determined by the selection committee.
  • (1) $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to the overall top professional development female STEM student as determined by the selection committee.
  •  (1) $3000 Barnes & Thornburg LLP scholarship will be awarded to the overall top female law student studying Patent or Corporate Law as determined by the selection committee.
  • (1) $2,500 Bell Techlogix scholarship will be awarded to the overall top female high school senior pursuing a STEM degree as determined by the selection committee.
  • (1) $2500 SIM Indy scholarship will be awarded to the overall top undergraduate female STEM student studying in a field related to information technology, computing or MIS as determined by the selection committee.

  • (1) $2500 SIM Indy scholarship will be awarded to the overall top graduate female STEM student studying in a field related to information technology, computing or MIS as determined by the selection committee.

  • (2) StartUp Ladies memberships (valued at $600 each) will be awarded to extraordinary professional development female applicants pursuing Entrepreneurship as determined by the selection committee.
  • (1) #INThisTogether scholarship, the first-ever, fully member-funded Women & Hi Tech scholarship. We're still accepting member donations for this scholarship! If you are a Women & Hi Tech member, and haven't yet made your donation, click here to make your donation online.

We look forward to sharing more scholarship opportunities in the coming weeks and months.

#INThisTogether Scholarship Fund

Collected: $1,510.00
Goal: $5,000.00
30%

Event Schedule

5:30 PM: Doors Open

5:30-6:30pm: Networking, DJ

6:30 PM: Program Presentation Begins - dinner served during program

9:00 PM: Program Presentation Concludes

9:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Networking, DJ, DANCING

Awards Categories

Nominations for the Leading Light Awards are now closed. 

  • Equity and Inclusion Champion Award

Nominees for this award demonstrate a long-term commitment, sustainable efforts, and significant impact to mentor, recognize, champion, and promote diverse female students or personnel in STEM. They implement programs, change policies, and establish metrics. They ensure that more qualified diverse women are empowered to have a seat and a voice at the table.

  • OperationALL™ Male Allies Champion Award

Male nominees in this category have demonstrated a long-term commitment to allyship for women or girls in STEM. They also show tangible efforts and significant impact to mentor, recognize, champion, and promote female students, peers, or employees. Each nominee has been an ally for multiple women or girls in a way that is recognized to have positively changed the trajectory or opportunities provided by their STEM career.

  • Mentor Me! Award

To be nominated for the Mentor Me award, women must exhibit a commitment to the encouragement and advancement of women in STEM in Indiana. The winner displays an aptitude in fostering intellectual, creative, and professional growth. She has demonstrated success in providing career, leadership and education opportunities for women, and has served as a positive role model for others.

  • Leadership Award

The leadership award recognizes an individual who increased the impact, representation, and effectiveness of women in STEM through outstanding leadership, advocacy, and social contributions in her organization and broader community. She has demonstrated the ability to motivate and energize, to build successful teams, to create an inspiring vision of the future and to deliver on promises.

  • Risk Taker Award

To be nominated for the Risk Taker award, women must have demonstrated courage in promoting purposeful change for which success was not guaranteed. The winner will have pursued innovation, focused on STEM-related products, services or ideas in the face of personal or professional sacrifice.

  • Rising Star Award

Nominees for the Rising Star Award have demonstrated exceptional and substantive achievements early in their professional STEM careers and show promise for future contributions.

  • You Inspire Us! Award

The women nominated for the You Inspire Us! award have demonstrated success in inspiring others in STEM to look beyond their own horizons and set professional and personal goals that exceed those originally conceived. Based on her advocacy, leadership, presence, and visibility in the community, she has advanced STEM in Indiana and inspires us all to push the limits.

  • Outstanding Educator in STEM Award

Nominees for this award have made a significant impact on the lives of their students. They have demonstrated excellence in teaching engaging programs that promote student interest, success, and leadership in STEM.

  • Outstanding Achievement in STEM Award

Nominees for the Outstanding Achievement in STEM award have positively promoted or provided significant value or innovation in a STEM field. They have made noteworthy contributions in research & development, design, engineering, operational efficiency, process improvement, sustainability, logistics, information technology, supply chain management, or other STEM fields.

  • Change the Landscape Award

This award was created in honor of Women & Hi Tech's founding member, Jo Basey. The female nominees for this award have made significant impact to positively change the landscape of one or more workplace environments. They make it easier to recognize, promote, and champion women in STEM to leadership positions, and have ensured that multiple qualified female candidates have a seat and a voice at the table.

Women & Hi Tech LLA COVID-19 Statement  January 6, 2022

Women & Hi Tech extends our deepest sympathies to all our fellow citizens who have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the scientists, healthcare workers, first responders, and other STEM professionals that continue working on the frontlines to keep our country safe and healthy. At this time, in light of the uncertainty regarding the extent that the COVID-19 global pandemic will affect larger in-person events later this year, and in the absence of guidance from public health authorities and local governments regarding the same, Women & Hi Tech is proceeding with planning and preparation for the Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala (LLAs) scheduled for October 6, 2022 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

A Note to LLAs Award and Scholarship/Grant Applicants, Nominees, and Sponsors: Should Women & Hi Tech be forced to postpone or cancel the Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala event due to ongoing and/or unavoidable social distancing constraints related to COVID-19, our Leading Light awards, scholarships, and/or grants recipients will be timely and virtually recognized and all awards, scholarships, and grants related to LLAs will be distributed to recipients in October 2022 or thereabouts.

A Note to LLAs Event Sponsors: Women & Hi Tech’s all-volunteer working Board of Directors is currently planning with full intent to host the Leading Light Awards and Scholarship Gala on October 6, 2022. Should ongoing and/or unavoidable circumstances arise related to COVID-19 that prevent the LLA event from occurring in a timely fashion or at all, we implore our event sponsors to trust that this organization has made every good faith effort to host the event as planned. Accordingly, monetary LLA event sponsorships will not be refunded should the LLA event need to be postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 related circumstances. Instead, Women & Hi Tech will commit to hold at least 20% of LLA event sponsorships to fund additional scholarships and grants that will be awarded to women and girls in STEM in Indiana later in 2022. Remaining LLA event sponsorship funds will be utilized to support women and girls in STEM via Women & Hi Tech’s annual flagship programs and events, such as its quarterly Executive Women’s Forums (EWFs), Passport to Hi-Tech, Ignite Your Superpower! (IYS), OperationALL™, Spring and Holiday Networking events, and others. We appreciate your continued support and understanding in this regard.

Our primary concern is to protect the health and safety of our membership, their families, and our local, statewide, national, and international community of human citizens during this challenging time. In doing so, Women & Hi Tech will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and will communicate to our members, sponsors, volunteers, and supporters necessary LLAs programming and/or event adjustments as new developments unfold.

Our hearts continue to go out to all those directly affected by COVID-19, their friends, and family, along with all of those who are indirectly being affected or whose jobs and schools have been interrupted or disrupted. During these challenging times for the global business and STEM community and for each of us as well, we appreciate your continued support of Women & Hi Tech and our mission to change the landscape of women represented in STEM to be equally inclusive to all.



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