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Women Corporate Directors presents the 2023 Visionary Awards

They promote diversity, inclusion, and women's leadership in boardrooms.


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The 12th edition of these awards, which will take place at the Casa Cipriani Hotel in New York on June 8 at 5:30 p.m. (ET), will highlight the work of firms such as Aquafil Group, Midmark Corporation, and LIXIL Group, as well as the work of Luiza Trajano and Henrietta Fore.

Jennifer Reynolds, WCD CEO, stated:

WCD is delighted to be honoring our most geographically diverse group of award winners ever, a tribute to our members serving on corporate boards around the globe.

The awards ceremony is part of the largest event for Women Corporate Directors (WCD), the Global Institute 2023, a two-day conference to discuss corporate governance issues with global corporate leaders providing thought leadership, insights and best practices on the most pressing issues facing boards of directors and executive leadership teams.


Winners were selected by the WCD Visionary Awards Selection Committee, a group of 14 members representing all regions of the world, based on the commitment and ongoing efforts of the awardees in their areas of recognition.

Among the companies and individuals that have shown exceptional corporate commitment to diversity, inclusion and women's leadership, the following stand out:

  • WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company: Presented to LIXIL Group.
  • WCD Visionary Award for ESG Leadership: Presented to Aquafil Group.
  • WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company: Presented to Midmark Corporation.
  • WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership: Presented to Luiza Trajano.
  • Susan Stautberg WCD Membership Leadership Award: Presented to Henrietta Fore.


These leaders and companies exemplify successful and sustainable corporate leadership and a deep commitment to developing diverse and inclusive executive leadership and boardrooms,” added Reynolds.

For her part, Jennifer Sondergaard, co-chair of WCD’s Visionary Awards Selection Committee, noted:

This year’s award recipients have demonstrated incredible diversity and skill, each one pushing the boundaries and setting a high standard for others to follow.

Our selection committee is honored to be a part of the process to recognize these leading companies and individuals worldwide who continually make a significant contribution to boardroom diversity,” said Lucy Pamboukdjian, co-chair of WCD’s Visionary Awards Selection Committee.

KPMG’s long-standing commitment to DE&I is one of many reasons why our firm has been the Presenting Sponsor of the WCD Global Institute and Visionary Awards since their inception. We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of each award recipient who consistently demonstrate their values by modeling inclusive behaviors for others to emulate,” underlined Karen Murchell Curran, KPMG Partner and Lead Director, Women Corporate Directors Foundation.


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