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NextUp Excellence Awards

Every year at NextUp Leadership Summit, NextUp honors our hard-working regions, ambassadors, and volunteers with awards recognizing the incredible work they do for our organization! Our volunteers are the lifeblood of NextUp, connecting women and their allies to the resources we provide, and furthering our mission of Advancing All Women.

Individual Awards

Bobbie O’Hare Impact Award

This award was created to honor our founder of the regions, Bobbie O’Hare. Region volunteer award recipients demonstrate a superior level of leadership in the regions while developing a boldly inclusive community at local and regional level.

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Monica Turner Game Changer Award

This award was created to honor Monica Turner, who has been opening doors for women at Procter & Gamble and in the NextUp community throughout her career. This award celebrates those individuals who serve as role models in business advocacy and allyship in NextUp. They promote gender equality and elevate the voices of all women.

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Emerging Leader

The Emerging Leader Award is presented to an exceptional individual who has been a member with less than 2 years involvement with NextUp. This leader has demonstrated their commitment to NextUp’s mission by opening minds, developing capacity and creating opportunities for others.

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Kristine Pettoni Courageous Leadership Award

Created in 2020 to honor the legacy and life of Kristine Pettoni from the NextUp Atlanta Region, Kristine embodied a courageous leader demonstrating resiliency, vulnerability, and set a higher standard in everything she accomplished. Kristine always found time to mentor, lead, use her voice, include others, and leave this world in a better place as she fought her battle with cancer. To learn more about Kristine’s life and legacy, click  here.

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Ambassador Awards

Powering the People

This award recognizes Ambassador teams that deploy a streamlined recruitment and onboarding strategy, empowering members to overcome barriers, promote inclusive leadership, and contribute to personal career growth through robust HQ and Region engagement.

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Powering the Partnership

Highlighting exceptional Ambassador teams that foster mutually beneficial relationships driving long-term growth and success. These teams enable members to gain new skills and build connections in support of NextUp and their organization.

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Powering the Purpose

This prestigious award celebrates Ambassador teams that exemplify all-around engagement within their organization. It recognizes their commitment to empowering women to advance through inclusive workplaces, removing barriers, fostering growth and development, and building a strong community. 

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Region Team Awards

Powering the People

This award goes to a region that has invested in its team to ensure all regional volunteers are well-positioned for success

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Powering the Community

This award is given to regions that go above and beyond to provide mentoring, build outreach programs with colleges and universities, and create strategic alliances in their local community.

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Powering the Purpose

This award is given to a region that drives NextUp’s mission through boldly inclusive programming that educates and drives awareness around leadership development, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all.

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Previous Awards

These awards were offered prior to 2024.

Powering Allyship Ambassador Award

This award was presented to an Ambassador or Ambassador team who embrace allyship and promote inclusivity and belonging. The winners exhibited excellence in DEI&B and allyship leadership by connecting their organization with NextUp’s programming, which aids in removing the barriers that prevent women from advancing in the workplace.

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Powering Allyship Region Volunteer Award

The volunteers who received this award demonstrated a high level of engagement in their region, and served as a role model and advocate for advancing all women. They demonstrated proactive willingness to learn and be a voice for all members of their community.

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