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The Moxie Awards


Built In has been synonymous with the Moxie Awards for many years, but in 2021 the program got a refresh. Instead of highlighting the best of the best in Chicago tech, the awards program now honors women in tech across the nation. 

 

“Moxie” is defined as a combination of courage, determination, energy, and know-how. When it comes to recognizing women in tech, we know that these are the qualities that drive them — and the qualities worth celebrating. This awards program proudly honors the women who are likely to ascend to the pinnacle of their careers in tech — and who are already on their way. 

 

The Moxie Awards embrace nominations of any person who identifies as a woman, whether through gender identity, gender expression or sex. We look forward to your nominations of women you believe exemplify what it means to embody “Moxie” for our 2022 awards program.

We receive hundreds of nominations for the 2021 Moxie Awards Program. Check out our list of outstanding women who were recognized in 2021.

2021 Moxie Awards Nominations Are Now Open.

We are thrilled to announce the return of Built In’s Moxie Awards, which honor rising women in tech for their outsized contributions to their places of work, communities and the industry as a whole. 

 

Rather than honoring C-suite leaders, the 2021 Moxie Awards celebrate women who are likely to ascend to the pinnacle of their careers in tech — and who are already on their way. This may include people with titles like director, individual contributor, manager, VP — or any role with room to rise.


New to this year’s program, the 2021 Moxies honor women in tech across the U.S. — not just in Chicago — through an entirely virtual awards program.


“Moxie” is defined as a combination of courage, determination, energy, and know-how. When it comes to recognizing women in tech, we know that these are the qualities that drive them — and the qualities worth celebrating.

From now until March 31, we encourage you to nominate women in tech who exemplify what it means to embody Moxie.

Women in tech show Moxie when they:

●   Work with outsized dedication, commitment or passion. 

 

●   Shine in their respective fields and aren’t afraid to speak up.

 

●   Uplift or mentor other women to rise them up.

 

●   Overcome challenges with a solutions-first mindset, inspiring others to do the same.

In addition to these values, a 2021 Moxie Award recipient:

 

Is not a member of the C-suite. 

This award program is open to individual contributors, managers, directors and/or VPs. Nominations for executives will not be accepted. 

 

Works in the U.S for a company with more than 25 employees. 

Nominee must work in the United States and for a company with more than 25 employees.

 

Works in the tech industry full-time. 

Nominee must be a current, full-time employee of a tech company and hold either a traditional tech (engineering, product development, programming, etc.) or tech-adjacent role (marketing, UX design, sales, etc.).

HOW TO NOMINATE

The 2022 Moxie Award Program

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Award Criteria

Award criteria is subject to change. Check back in March 2022 for the final details.

Women in tech show Moxie when they:

●   Work with outsized dedication, commitment or passion. 

 

●   Shine in their respective fields and aren’t afraid to speak up.

 

●   Uplift or mentor other women to rise them up.

 

●   Overcome challenges with a solutions-first mindset, inspiring others to do the same.

In addition to these values, a Moxie award recipient:

 

 

Is not a member of the C-suite. 

This award program is open to individual contributors, managers, directors and/or VPs. Nominations for executives will not be accepted. 

 

Works in the U.S for a company with more than 25 employees. 

Nominee must work in the United States and for a company with more than 25 employees.

 

Works in the tech industry full-time. 

Nominee must be a current, full-time employee of a tech company and hold either a traditional tech (engineering, product development, programming, etc.) or tech-adjacent role (marketing, UX design, sales, etc.).

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Nominate A Moxie Today

Nominations for the 2021 Moxie Awards are due:
Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Frequently Asked Questions​

Nominations are due Wednesday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

A woman in tech shows Moxie when they:

●   Works with outsized dedication, commitment or passion. 

●   Shines in their respective field and isn’t afraid to speak up.

●   Uplifts or mentors other women to rise them up.

●   Overcomes challenges with a solutions-first mindset, inspiring others to do the same.

In addition to the values outlined above, a 2021 Moxie Award recipient:

Is not a member of the C-suite. 

This award program is open to individual contributors, managers, directors and/or VPs. Nominations for executives will not be accepted. 

Works in the U.S for a company with more than 25 employees. 

Nominee must work in the United States and for a company with more than 25 employees.

Works in the tech industry full-time. 

Nominee must be a current, full-time employee of a tech company and hold either a traditional tech (engineering, product development, programming, etc.) or tech adjacent role (marketing, UX design, sales, etc.).

No. The 2021 Moxie Awards is entirely virtual. There will not be an event hosted as part of this year’s awards program.

However, we are pleased to announce our first ever Women in Tech Webinar, hosted on March 18 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST. This event is not associated with the 2021 Moxie Awards and attendance is not factored into award nominations. This is a separate event intended to provide rising women in tech with access to today’s leaders for career advice, inspiration and insights. Register Now.

Yes. We encourage you to nominate as many women in tech who embody what it means to be a Moxie and who meet the criteria outlined above. Each nomination must be submitted separately though the nomination form, here.

No. You may not nominate yourself for the 2021 Moxie Awards.

Winners will be featured in an article on our national platform, BuiltIn.com, which attracts more than 1 million users each month.

We are still working on creating an exciting winner’s package for the 2021 Moxie Award recipients. More information will be available soon.

2021 Moxie Award winners will be announced in April.

2021 Moxie Award winners will be notified via email. Nominators are required to provide the nominee’s email address so Built In may contact them directly should they receive an award.

No. Nominees must work in the U.S. directly to be eligible for the 2021 Moxie Awards.

No. 2021 Moxie Award winners must be employed full-time by a U.S.-based technology company. Nominations for freelancers or contractors will not be accepted.

No. The number of nominations an individual receives will not impact award decisions. 

A panel of senior women in tech will serve as judges and select the 50 winners for the 2021 Moxie Awards. Judges to be announced.

Yes. You can nominate women in tech from within or outside of your company.

Tech-adjacent roles support the functionality and operations of a tech company. These can include roles within the following functions:

●   Content

●   Design + UX

●   Finance

●   HR + Recruiting

●   Legal

●   Marketing

●   Operations

●   Project Management

●   Sales

 

To be eligible for the 2021 Moxie Awards, individuals in tech-adjacent roles must be directly employed by the company; they cannot be a third-party contracted by the company.

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