The Top Women in Media & Ad Tech Awards recognize, celebrate, inspire and bring together the women who are making an impact in the greater digital media and advertising technology community.  On June 5, 2023, AdExchanger and AdMonsters will present awards to the 2023 Top Women in Media and Ad Tech Honorees at the always fun and inspiring Top Women Awards Gala in New York City. 

NEW FOR 2023!

  • Privacy Powerhouses: New! Honoring the women working across legal, business and tech to reflect the privacy-centric media landscape.
  • Tech Trailblazers: Category revamp! Shine a light on the women in product and tech building, refining, and architecting ad tech greatness. 


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2023 Categories

Content Captivators

Editors, communicators and content marketers whose content from the brand perspective has increased or driven brand engagement with their audience, customers, and/or readers.


    Women who have successfully altered the course of their brands or the industry for the better.

      Data Demystifiers

      Women with expertise in data science or analytics, using their prowess to inform decision-making, prove out business cases or test new ideas.

        DEI Champions

        Women who’ve had an exceptional impact on diversity and inclusion in their teams, companies and the media industry as a whole.


          Women who’ve launched or rebuilt brands companies and continue to work tirelessly towards their success.

            Magnanimous Mentors

            Women who’ve made an extraordinary effort and impact on the careers of their colleagues. Women who are sending the elevator back down!

              Privacy Powerhouses

              Women who are confidently steering their media brand's ship amidst the changing tides of privacy regulation. From privacy managers and compliance officers to corp counsel,  or business affairs, these are the women who are leading their company's data privacy, legal policies, and practices.

                Tech Trailblazers

                The tech-focused women who are creating and improving ad tech and media products. They break through walls of success in product and engineering--the most male-dominated sectors of the media and advertising industry. 

                  Programmatic Storytellers

                  From ad tech product to programmatic sales and ops, these women are expert translators using marketing and content to simplify messaging, or using sales their sales mastery to make the programmatic case to their partners.

                    Up and Comers

                    Women in ad tech who are on the rise and making their mark, even at the early stages of their careers.

                      Catalyst Award

                      Honoring an individual who has driven a tremendous amount of growth for her business and team over the past year.

                      Kindly note that nominations for the Catalyst award have reached capacity and are now closed to entries. All other categories remain open to nominations at this time. This category only has ONE award winner annually. 

                        Industry Impact Award

                        Awarded to an individual who has truly set the standards for creativity, innovation, and leadership throughout her career.  

                        Kindly note that nominations for the Industry Impact award have reached capacity and are now closed to entries. All other categories remain open to nominations at this time. This category only has ONE award winner annually. 

                          Entry Requirements

                          ENTRY DEADLINES & FEES

                          Early Rate Deadline: March 2, 2023 — $375 per initial entry, $250 per each copy of your entry submitted to additional categories.

                          Standard Deadline: March 16, 2023 — $425 per initial entry, $275 per each copy of your entry submitted to additional categories.

                          DEADLINE EXTENDED: Last day to enter: March 23, 2023 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

                          ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                          Applicants must be employed by a media company, a digital-only media company, technology/SaaS company, a marketing or advertising agency, an association, or work as a consultant or other services-provider to the industry. Previous Top Women may be nominated again. The Top Women in Media and Ad Tech Awards are open to international applicants. Self nominations are welcome.

                          PREPARE YOUR ENTRIES

                          All nominations for Top Women in Media and Ad Tech must include a narrative outlining which category they are entering in, and detailing their specific accomplishments. Testimonials and other supporting materials are encouraged but be kind to the judges and keep it brief. Here’s what you’ll need to include with each entry:

                          1. Nominator contact and company information (the point person for all entry details) 

                          2. Nominee information (the person who is being nominated for an award)

                          3. Justification – Synopsis of why the nominee should win an award. Can include any specific traits and abilities that make this person stand out among peers and how this person’s influence extends beyond her company. (500 word max)

                          4. Career Achievements – Please provide a description that includes 3 specific accomplishments and milestones achieved by the nominee.  

                          5. Hi-res headshot of the nominee

                          6. Nominee short bio for promotion
                          7. OPTIONAL – Supporting documents (any supporting documents, videos, URLs to support your entry)

                          HOW WILL HONOREES BE PROMOTED?

                          Honorees will receive significant exposure and unparalleled recognition with a 100 word profile on admonsters.com, promoted by AdMonsters and AdExchanger to their respective audiences via email (dedicated, newsletter and with select Ops Conference promotions); a combined database of 200k+ and on all AdMonsters and AdExchanger along with social media networks across the AdMonsters and AdExchanger audience. 

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                          The Top Women Club: Notable Honorees

                          • Diane Alfano

                            Chairman & CEO
                            Institutional Investor
                          • Mirin Fader

                            The Bleacher Report
                          • Janelle F. Faulk

                            Global Head of Advertising Operations
                          • Annie Granatstein

                            Head of WP Brand Studio
                            Washington Post, The
                          • Kathy Ishizuka

                            Executive Editor
                            School Library Journal
                          • Bonnie Kintzer

                            President and CEO
                            Trusted Media Brands
                          • Jaime Levitt

                            Head of Engagement
                            Index Exchange
                          • Joy Profet

                            Chief Operating Officer
                          • Martha Stewart

                            Founder and Chief Creative Officer // Martha Stewart Living & Martha Stewart Weddings
                            Meredith Corporation
                          • Shauna Sweeney

                            Industry Marketing and Intelligence Lead, Global Business Marketing
                          • Maria Taylor

                            Analyst, Host and Reporter
                          • Natalie Williams

                            Chief Operating Officer
                            Brief Media


                          “I was honored to be recognized amongst such an amazing group of women in advertising and technology. When we put our minds to something, we can accomplish anything – the sky’s the limit! A program like this that brings women together to support other women helps continue to drive forward this message!”

                          – Isabel Rafferty, CEO and Founder, Canela Media


                          “It is always an honor to be recognized for your efforts within the media & ad tech space but more importantly it is extremely valuable to find yourself in a room with other accomplished women from our industry.  I’ve previously written about finding myself in the position of being the “only women in the room” but on the night of the awards I was overwhelmed by the powerful networking opportunity this event provides for women who are leading our industry forward.”

                          – Amanda Martin, SVP, Corporate Development & Strategic Partnerships, Goodway Group

                          “Recognition for my work was both humbling and encouraging. I greatly appreciated my work being recognized and valued in this way. The night of the event was inspiring; I loved spending the evening celebrating women paving the way. Awards like this help us spotlight, honor, and celebrate exceptional women trailblazing in our industry.”

                          – Femi Olu-Lafe, SVP of Global Culture and Inclusion, Kinesso
                          (an IPG company)

                          “Like many industries, adtech, and media have a predominance of men at the top, many of them outstanding leaders, but the number of women leaders in tech pales in comparison. I read that only 26% of all tech workers are women. That’s a shocking statistic, but there are real reasons for this, and I believe one of the best gifts we can give the next generation is to help close the gender gap. When an organization like AdMonsters and AdExchanger recognizes women, it’s not only motivational for the recipient, but it sends a broader message of inspiration to the next generation of women who are trying to build and navigate their careers in adtech. 

                          – Laura Gaffney, Chief Growth Officer, Freestar