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About 50 Most Influential Women

What is the 50 Most Influential Women Awards?
The 50 Most Influential Women event was created to spotlight and recognize the important role women play in the greater Charlotte region, in the economy, and in society. The honorees represent the most influential women in business, government, law, education, and not-for-profit fields.  They are selected by a panel of independent business leaders based on professional accomplishment and community involvement within the Charlotte area. The previous 2 years 50 Most Influential Women honorees will not be considered as nominees.  Previous winners are eligible to be honored again in the third year after they received their award. Click here to see a full list of past honorees.

How do you select the Woman of the Year?
The overall ‘Woman of the Year’ award will be selected out of the honorees and presented to the honoree with the highest overall score from the judges. This award is presented in partnership with CREW Charlotte, and is kept confidential until the night of the event. Any of our 50 honorees could be the Woman of the Year!

Where and when will the event be held?
Please click here for event details.

What is on the event agenda?
The event will begin at 6:00 PM with a cocktail hour and registration. All guests will have a name tag at the registration table. The name tags will be in alphabetic order by last name and will include one free drink ticket for the event. During the hour, you will be able to view the exquisite piece of jewelry donated by Diamonds Direct. We will have an open bid on the item during the program and all of the proceeds from the bid will go to a local charity organization. You will also be able to mix with the honorees and their guests as well as visit a few vendor tables in the cocktail area. The program will begin at 7:00 PM.  During the first portion of the program we hold the open bid on the wonderful piece of jewelry and hear from a few of our sponsors. Then we will start the awards portion of the program. We will present the honorees with an award and speak on their achievements. At the end of the event, we will present the Woman of the Year award.

After the program, we will distribute copies of a special event publication with a profile on each honoree, including a more detailed profile about the Woman of the Year.

Will the honorees speak during the awards presentation?
No. The honorees will only walk across the stage to receive their award. However, at the end of the awards program, the Woman of the Year will be given the opportunity to say a few words after she receives her award.

How much are tickets to attend?
Individual seats: $120.00
Tables of Ten: $1,200.00
Please visit the registration tab to register.
Please note: Seating options are also included in sponsorship opportunities.

What is included in the ticket purchase?
Admittance to the cocktail hour
Seated dinner during awards presentation
One drink ticket
Copy of the Special event publication


What is included in a table purchase?
Admittance to the cocktail hour
Reserved table of ten seats during awards presentation
Company name on a table tent
One drink ticket for each of the ten attendees
Copy of the Special event publication

Will the honorees be able to sit with their guests?
Yes. When you register we ask that you provide the name of the honoree that you will be supporting, so that we can arrange seating with or near the honoree during the banquet.

Are children allowed at the event?
Yes! We strive to create a family friendly environment. We believe it is important for our honorees to be able to celebrate with their family and friends!
*Please note that there will be alcohol served during the event.

What is the event attire?
The attire for the night of the event is black tie optional. Women usually wear evening gowns or cocktail dresses. Men usually wear a tux or a dark suit.

What if I am attending, but I have a food allergy or dietary restriction?
Please contact Tiara Benfield at tiara.benfield@mecktimes.com with a full list of your dietary restrictions. We will work with the hotel to provide you with a delicious alternative.

How can I advertise at the event?
We would love to have you partner with us for the 50 Most Influential Women awards! Sponsorship opportunities include seating, advertising, and more. Please visit our sponsorship tab for a full list of sponsorship opportunities. We also offer advertising opportunities in our special event publication. Please contact Andrea Mounts at 704-817-1946 or andrea.mounts@mecktimes.com for more information on advertising or sponsorships.

How can I be considered as a 50 Most Influential Honoree?
We hold open nominations to anyone who would like to nominate an influential woman. These nominations are not limited, and you may even nominate yourself. The nomination page will be available at the conclusion of the event through a ‘Nomination’ on our website. We will also have nomination cards available at the event.

How is the nomination information used?
We strive to keep all nominator information confidential; however, we will use the contact information provided during the nomination process to contact the nominee for more information. All documentation received by the end of the period will be sent to the judges, including the nomination form. Our judges understand the level of confidentiality and uphold that tradition. *Please note that some of the information provided during nomination may be used to write the special section and script portion if the nominee is selected as an honoree.

How does the nomination process work?
We keep a record of all nominations and we contact each nominee around January and February before the event. We will send a nominee questionnaire with detailed questions to the nominee to get as much information about them as possible. Additional supporting documentation may include: resume, recommendation letters, news stories, previous awards and anything else you believe will assist the judges during scoring. At the end of the nomination process, all documentation will be submitted to the judges for review. *PLEASE NOTE: Unless a nominee directly requests to be taken out of the running, the nomination will be sent to the judges (even if we do not receive a completed questionnaire).

What are the judges looking for?
The more information you provide, the easier it is to score you! The judges will review all documentation we receive according to the following categories:

  1. Professional Career
  2. Community Involvement
  3. Achievements in Profession
  4. Evidence of Leadership
  5. What makes this nominee stand out from the pack?

I did not find the answer to my question above. How do I get more information?
Please contact Tiara Benfield at 704-247-2901 or tiara.benfield@mecktimes.com with any questions you have.

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