WOW is the country’s premier and most prestigious award for women.
The annual award was launched last Thursday, with the call put forward to once again honour exceptional women.
Westpac PNG Chairman Greg Pawson officially opened the nominations, asking for women to come forward.
“We call for nominations and get ready to celebrate the professional achievements of women and the significant, positive contributions they continue to make to the development of PNG,” he said.
Westpac initiated the awards ten years ago, recognising there was a growing class of highly skilled and dedicated women taking on business and moving into leadership roles across PNG.
This year there are seven award categories, sponsored by PNG’s top companies and biggest corporate supporters of women:
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Sector Award
- Pacific Assurance Group Public Sector Award
- Steamships Not for Profit Award
- SP Brewery Entrepreneur Award
- Trukai Community Award
- IBBM Young Achiever’s Award
- Moore Printing Sports Award
The winners from all seven categories automatically qualify as nominations for the coveted overall title of WOW of the year.
“After ten years, the positive effect of recognition cannot be disputed,” said the Chairman.
“The WOW alumni demonstrate not only what women can achieve when they believe in their own potential and pursue it fiercely – they also show what can happen when girls are provided with encouragement and inspiration through positive role models.”
Nominations forms are available from Westpac branches and through Westpac’s website and Facebook page.
Westpac strongly encourages self-nominations and there is no limit to the number of women one can nominate.
Nominations for the 2016 WOW awards are invited from now until Friday September 9.
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in October.
2015 WOW finalist, Veitu Diro was a leading contender.