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  • What is the CWE gala?
    An industry gathering of Canada's leading brands and companies committed to driving impact and fostering great relationships in the world of women entrepreneurship. Join top executives, brands, agencies, influencers, entrepreneurs, creators, and media for an unforgettable night of networking, collaboration, and inspiration. Learn about the latest developments and trends in the industry, and gain valuable insights into the innovative work being done by companies across different sectors. Meet audaciously inspiring women entrepreneurs and celebrate the trailblazers pushing for a more equal and diverse ecosystem. This is a unique opportunity to forge new partnerships and collaborations, exchange ideas, and gain access to research, feedback and resources that can help you take your business to the next level. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect, grow and support women entrepreneurs.
  • Why do I have to Apply to Attend?
    Picture a place where every discussion has the potential to ignite groundbreaking ideas, and every person you meet is as passionate about innovation and excellence as you are. This is the essence of the CWE Industry Gala—a gathering of the motivated and the motivating. Our selective attendance process guarantees that each attendee not only contributes value but also gains invaluable insights. It's more than an event; it's a launchpad for your upcoming significant breakthrough. Are you prepared to join a truly transformative experience?
  • When and where is the gala?
    The 2024 CWE gala is happening on May 29, 2024 in Toronto,Canada.
  • Who will be in attendance?
    The CWE gala is the premier event of the year, where the most influential leaders, brands, media, influencers, and companies come together to connect, network, and support women. This high-profile event offers a limited number of opportunities to advertise, speak, and showcase your brand through a brand activation. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to elevate your brand and make lasting connections with the movers and shakers of the industry. Contact us today to learn more about these limited opportunities and secure your spot at the CWE gala.
  • Can men attend the gala?
    Absolutely! At the CWE industry gala, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusivity are key to creating a truly empowering and inspiring experience for all attendees and everyone belongs. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for people of all ages, races, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities. We want everyone to feel comfortable and valued, and to have the opportunity to fully participate in the event. If you have any concerns or requests, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, let's make this gala a truly inclusive and empowering experience for all.
  • What is the dress code?
    The dress code for the CWE industry gala is formal and luxurious. Whether you choose to don a black tie, a chic cocktail dress, or a stunning ballgown, you'll be sure to make a striking impression. Join us in this elegant and sophisticated event and show off your style, elegance and grace. Make sure to come dressed to impress BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY self express and make it a night to remember! Come as you are ready to have a great time!
  • How can I get involved with a table, sponsorship, investor pass etc?
    Please email and describe what your are interested in learning more about and we will forward it to the appropriate person.
  • Are you a diverse women entrepreneur or founder?
    We are committed to supporting diverse women entrepreneurs and founders. Understanding the unique challenges and perspectives you bring, we offer subsidized passes to ensure inclusivity and equal opportunity for all to participate in our events. If you are a diverse woman entrepreneur or founder interested in joining us, please don't hesitate to send us an email with your details. We welcome the opportunity to include and celebrate your contributions within our community.
  • What is the red carpet experience?
    Step into the spotlight and make a statement at the CWE industry gala! Walk the most daring red carpet and be captured by the flashing lights of photographers and media. Connect with our guest red-carpet correspondent and secure your place in the spotlight. Our PR firm will be on hand to seize the moment, highlight VIP arrivals, and create unforgettable interviews. Be a part of this exclusive event and elevate your brand to new heights.
  • Are there fees associated with nominations and will I be charged for the award?
    NO! We do not charge for nominations nor do we ask you to pay for winning the award. The only paid opportunity you may be offered as a winner is to secure a company table should you wish. In 2023 all winners purchased a branded table to bring their team, business development, clients and marketing/communications /DEI etc team etc.
  • Are there sponsorship and advertising opportunities available?
    2024 Opportunties are well on their way. Please contact US asap for sponsorships as we will be wrappong them no later then March 2024. Want to elevate your brand and stand out among industry leaders at the CWEgala? Take advantage of our exclusive sponsorship and advertising opportunities! By becoming a sponsor or advertiser, you'll have the opportunity to gain valuable exposure and make lasting connections. To learn more about these opportunities, don't wait - reach out to us at today and let us help you make the most out of this exciting event!
  • Sponsors with a table will have up to four influential women seated at their table. What does that mean?
    At the #CWEgala, you'll have the unique opportunity to connect with some of the most powerful and inspiring women in the industry. Our organizers have curated a special experience for our sponsored tables, where you'll be seated among audaciously inspiring women from various backgrounds, including media, social media, successful founders, and influential creators. These are the change-makers you'll want to work with, hire, connect, and collaborate with. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to network and make valuable connections at the CWEgala.
  • Can I cover this event as media? Can I be a media partner?
    Calling all media outlets! Are you looking to cover the highly-anticipated CWEgala event? Make sure to secure your spot by getting approval from our organizers through our PR Firm. As a premium media partner, you may be invited to be seated at the Media gala table, experience the red carpet, or enjoy front-stage access at the media bowl. Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to cover one of the most significant events of the year. For more information contact
  • I would like to support the CWE gala as a volunteer, advisory board member, or join the planning committee. How do I get involved?
    Want to learn more about how to get involved with the CWEgala team? Want to volunteer or donate a prize? Want to put your product in the VIP lux gift bag? Contact us for more info.
  • I just found out my company was nominated for a CWE award. What now?
    As a nominee, your company will move through the next round and be evaluated and considered by the #CWEgala Advisory Board powered by Google, comprised of leading experts from various industries. Three companies in each category will be selected for recognition on an 80-foot stage in Toronto on May 29, 2024. Confirm with the CWE program team that you have received the email Please review the briefing document for more details, including key dates, how you can attend the event live, reserve a table, and information about advertising and sponsorship opportunities. Fill out the nomination form with the correct information you would like the selection committee ( powered by Google) to review when making final decisions. That’s all. Winners will be contacted by first week of February.
  • What are the nomination categories?
    Recognition Award Categories & Criteria (3 winners per category): Gender equality in the workplace For companies that are creating gender equality within the workplace through More women in leadership roles Hiring more women Closing the pay gap Opportunities for advancement Support for families Empowering women in business (or women entrepreneurs?) For companies that are creating opportunities for women entrepreneurs through: Education/professional development opportunities Funding opportunities (grants, loans) Networks Community women’s health and well-being For companies that are making a community-level impact for women through: Mental health Safety Tackling systemic barriers Creating young changemakers For companies that are giving opportunities to young girls: Scholarships Educational opportunities #hypewomen For companies that are championing women through: Amplifying the voices of women
  • How will winners be selected? Who decides which companies win in the categories?
    All nominees are being reviewed and chosen by our selection committee powered by Google and its senior executives.
  • What does a branded table include, and what is the value of getting one?
    Purchasing a table at the CWE gala supports our initiative of providing more opportunities for diverse women founders, influencers and rising stars to connect with the industry, media and companies like yourselves who are interested in supporting their career and advancement. When you purchase a table, you will let us know who is attending from your team, and we will then fill the other spots with audaciously inspiring diverse women founders, influencers, movers and shakers. It’s all about connecting, collaborating, inspiring and having more women sit at the table. Your table dollars are covering the costs for these women to attend. Think of it as a marketing expense and impact that directly aligns with supporting women in business. A branded table includes: Your company branding in the middle of the table Your representative or colleagues that want to attend and whoever is accepting the award 3-course meal and open bar experience Luxe VIP gifting for your table and party A prime seating opportunity for influential women to join your guests at your company table All access to the red carpet experience, networking reception, and after-party Recognition of your company name in the program with your table number A photograph of your table and guests to keep as a souvenir A picture of your guests on the media backdrop red carpet Winners of the awards will have a special interview on the red carpet & accept the award on stage
  • How will the winning companies be displayed and awarded?
    The awards portion of the program will feature the winning companies in 5 categories, with three winners in each category. Each winner will have a chance to go up on the 80-foot stage and accept the award on behalf of the company.
  • I would love to purchase a table and have our company table filled with special guests and women founders/influencers; how does that work?
    Once your table is purchased and confirmed, our team can work with you to understand what type of special guests you would like seated at your table and will curate the experience. We have a guest list compiled of successful founders, rising stars, BIPOC and underrepresented founders, influencers and special guests from various backgrounds. You will have multiple big names, upcoming success stories and women who need more opportunities. The perfect mix for the ideal impact…championing winning. Use this time to connect, network, support and create opportunities.
  • How do I attend the event?
    Nominees and award winners can purchase a branded gala table to attend the much-anticipated industry event! However, buying a table is not required if you have won an award. Still, more so a visibility opportunity as the tables are branded will be featured in the program, and companies who purchase a table have the ability for CWE to place influencers and diverse women founders and give opportunities for rising stars and women in business to sit at the table.
  • Who is attending the gala?
    There will be combination of 400+ attendees at the gala. This includes top c-suite & senior executives from Canada's leading companies, agencies, influencers, top-tier entrepreneurs and founders, creators and media.
  • What is the Red Carpet Experience?
    Celebrity media hosts, influencers, and top c-suite executives in gowns on the carpet and media wall. If you have specific spokespeople who will come out, they can interview on the carpet.
  • Are there opportunities to be involved in a greater capacity?
    There are additional opportunities for nominated organizations to gain greater limelight, media, and exposure at the Gala on the 80ft stage, red carpet, activation spaces, and branding throughout the venue.
  • Do I have to sponsor if I am a winner?
    No, you do not have to sponsor and can participate as a winner. The gala will bring together some of the most prominent founders, executives, and influencers and have a significant media footprint and activation opportunities. Should your company have marketing initiatives, awareness and visibility interest, please let us know, and we can show you the opportunities.
  • Will sponsoring the event affect my nomination status?
    This would NOT affect the status of your nomination, as all nominees are being reviewed and chosen by our selection committee powered by Google and its senior executives. Sponsoring the gala and winning an award are managed by separate teams to avoid conflict of interest and remain ethically sound. You can sponsor the event and be a winner or be a winner and not sponsor the event. Your involvement is up to you and will not affect the selection process.
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