Women in Management Awards

WIM Top50 professional career women awards 2020

About the Top50 Professional & Career Women Awards

The ‘Top50’ Professional and Career Women Awards is WIM’s foremost annual event that recognizes and celebrates individual and corporate achievements of trailblazing women leaders in Sri Lanka. 2020 celebrates the 10th year of the awards since inception.

Nomination Requirements

Anyone may submit a nomination for the Top50 Awards with the candidate’s permission. Nominations must clearly document why the candidate should be considered, above all others, for this distinguished award. All nominations must contain sufficient information highlighting the individual and corporate achievements of individuals. Each nomination submitted must adhere to the following outline and page counts.


Application Top Tips

Award Categories


Holding a job title, description or leadership position in any business sector – may it be private, government or non-government – are encouraged to apply for the categories below:

  1. Human Resources (includes HR, HRD and IR)
  2. Banking Industry ( Banking Professionals)
  3. Financial Services (Finance Professionals, Auditors, Insurance services stock brokers & leasing)
  4. Marketing & Advertising (Sales, Marketing, Customer care, PR & Advertising)
  5. Legal
  6. State & Government Sector
  7. Corporate Communication
  8. Media Electronic, Print and Digital
  9. Supply Chain & Logistic
  10. Travel & Tourism (Careers in Hotels, Restaurants, Guest Houses and etc.,)
  11. Arts & Creative Industry
  12. Science, Technology & Innovation Industry
  13. Defense Force and Civil Security
  14. Sports
  15. Career Achievements (Outstanding contribution to the community during Covid 19 to be recognized at National level)
  16. Educator (Educational Institutes, Schools, Universities etc.,)
Definition: Professional Category Awards

Corporates can nominate their top women leadership (Managing Director, Chief Executive officer, or Board Director) to the 1st, 2nd 3rd & 4th category only.

International category is open for Sri Lankans who are holding citizenships in other countries, and not eligible for 6th & 7th categories.

Professional Category Awards

  1. Best Corporate Leader of the Year
  2. Woman in Boards
  3. Career Role Model of the Year
  4. Male Champion of Change
  5. Best Social Worker of the Year
  6. Inspirational woman of the year
  7. International woman Leader of the Year
  8. Trail Blazer
Definition: Business Awards Category

For the entrepreneur category, you will need to be operating your business for at least 12 months as of close of entries.

  1. Large Category – Number of Employees should be more than 200
  2. Medium Category – Number of Employees should be 75 – 150
  3. Small Category – Number of Employees should be 15 – 75


  1. Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur (Large)
  2. Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur (Medium)
  3. Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur (Small)
  4. Upcoming Woman Entrepreneur (5 Awards) North, East, South, Western, Central

Organizational Category Awards

  1. Best private Sector Organization for promoting women in workplace
  2. Positive Media campaign on the empowerment of women
  3. Best CSR project on women empowerment by an organization
  4. Best NGO, INGO or Association on Women empowerment

Special Category

1. Judges Awards
Only Judges can nominate

Panel of Judges

shiromal cooray

Shiromal Cooray

Chairman/Managing Director
Jetwing Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Chair of Judging Panel 2020

H. E. David John Holly

High Commissioner of Australia to Sri Lanka

Nadija Tambiah


Executive Vice President
John Keells Group


Dr. Rohantha Athukorala

CEO – Clootrack Sri Lanka/Maldives & Pakistan
Strategic Lead
Swadeshi Industries PLC

Sarah Twigg

Sarah Twigg

Program Manager
Women in Work
International Finance Corperation

Nisthar Cassim

Nisthar Cassim

Daily Finance Times
Wijeya News Papers

Jayanthi Dharmasena

Jayanthi Dharmasena

Managing Director
Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd

Kumar Samarasinghe

Kumar Samarasinghe

Marketing Consultant

ThamariS enanayake

Thamari Senanayake

Associate Director Corporate
Regulatory Affairs & Consumer Care
Fontera Brands Lanka (Pvt) Ltd

Rohan Maskorala

Rohan Maskorala

Chief Executive Officer
Shippers' Academy Colombo (Pvt) Ltd