The aim of the Lena Madesin Phillips Award is to recognize an individual BPW member who makes a significant contribution to the development of BPW at international level and/or to improve the status of women with the leadership and dedication inspired by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, the founder of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International). It is to be regarded as the highest award given by BPW International.
Ambica Shrestra, Nepal
Congratulations to Ambica Shrestra, winner of Lena Madesin Phillips Award 2021, for her over four decades of women empowerment in Nepal. Ambica formally served as Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator for BPW International during 2005-2008.
Lena Madesin Phillips Award is the highest award of BPW International, given to those who previously hold international posts in BPW and significantly contribute to BPW International for over 17 years, as Lena Madesin Phillips was international president for 17 years.
This award is typically given once every triennium at the opening ceremony of BPW International Congress. This triennium, the award ceremony was held virtually on 29 March 2021.
2008 Dr. Livia Ricci, Italy
Dr. Yvette Swan, Bermuda
Sylvia Perry, UK
2011 Dr. Antoinette Ruegg, Switzerland
2014 Dr. Pat Harrison, Australia
2017 Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, Thailand
Elizabeth Benham, USA
2021 Ambica Shrestha, Nepal
A nominee for the Lena Madesin Phillips award shall meet the following conditions:
A nominee cannot nominate herself.