RBJ launches Elevating Women recognition program

RBJ launches Elevating Women recognition program

The Rochester Business Journal is inaugurating a program to recognize companies and organizations that have shown a strong commitment to supporting and elevating women in the Rochester region.

Elevating Women is designed to showcase tangible and innovative efforts by companies, law firms, nonprofits and other organizations to advance women in the workplace and community.

The new recognition program will complement long-standing RBJ programs that highlight high-achieving women across the state — Women of Excellence and the Women’s Leadership Summit.

“The RBJ has a history recognizing, elevating and honoring women leaders,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, publisher and managing director. “It is time to honor those organizations that invest in, elevate and support women leaders. Women leaders can only succeed with the support of the organizations they work for and with.”

Program judges will use a variety of criteria to evaluate companies and to showcase those that have earned recognition. Elevating Women will honor companies that can demonstrate a commitment to some or all of the following:

  • Have a track record of recruiting, hiring and promoting women in their organization.
  • Offer a mentoring program for women.
  • Work toward systemic change in society to combat inequality.
  • Place women on their board or C-Suite.
  • Contribute to advancing the cause of women through outside philanthropic or community endeavors.
  • Support programs that assist marginalized women.
  • Provide scholarship assistance to women.

Fischer-Huettner said the program, by recognizing the achievements of those organizations that have empowered women, will provide guidance and inspiration to others hoping to emulate those successes.

“Elevating Women will shine a spotlight on organizations that make diversity efforts part of their mission, resulting in greater overall success,” Fischer-Huettner said. “In the long run, all of us in the Rochester region will benefit and learn from those inspirational organizations.”

Applications and nominations are open now and will close on July 10. Winners will be announced in August and will be recognized in September in conjunction with the RBJ’s Women’s Leadership Summit.

To learn more about the program, go to rbj.net/events/elevating-women/