MELBOURNE, FLA. — weVENTURE Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Florida Tech’s Bisk College of Business is seeking nominations for the 2022 Women Who Rock Awards in honor of Women’s History Month. The winners will be recognized at a luncheon Tuesday, March 22, at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront in Melbourne.
The 2022 Women’s History Month theme, “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during the ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the many ways women are stepping up during this challenging time.
In keeping with this national theme, each of the six categories of Women Who Rock Awards will incorporate this message of healing and hope as participants and attendees celebrate deserving local female leaders and businesses.
Women and companies may be nominated by their peers and the general public across six categories: Female Small Business Owner of the Year, Excellence in Mentorship, Women in the Workplace Champion, Dr. Mary Helen McCay STEM Award, Zonta Yellow Rose for Excellence in Community Service and St. Francis Reflections Award for Excellence in Caregiving.
“This year’s Women Who Rock Awards are an opportunity to celebrate women from the Space and Treasure coasts who inspire others through their work and leadership,” said weVENTURE WBC Executive Director Kathryn Rudloff. “We are excited to hear stories about the many ways women have stepped up to serve and support the community.
“It is also an excellent opportunity to recognize businesses who have helped support their female employees during what has been an incredibly challenging few years,” Rudloff added.
At least 2.4 million American women have left the workforce since the onset of the COVID pandemic, and women continue to lag their male counterparts in returning to the workforce, causing economists to dub this a “she-cession,” or she-recession.
weVENTURE WBC is committed to advocating for women and the annual awards help raise awareness for their contribution to our community. To nominate a woman or local business or to learn more about becoming a sponsor for Women Who Rock, please visit https://weventure.fit.edu/events/women-who-rock-awards/. Nominations are due by Feb. 18.