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Croatian Women of Influence Award winners announced

Croatian Women of Influence & Future Leader award

ZAGREB, October 30, 2019 – The Croatian Women’s Network™/Mreža Hrvatskih Žena congratulates the 23 winners of the coveted Croatian Women of Influence Award and Future Leaders Award, which will be conferred at a gala event on International Women’s Day Saturday, March 7th, 2020 in Zagreb, Republic of Croatia. 

“Congratulations to the winners and all the nominees,” said Caroline Spivak, Founder, Croatian Women’s Network™/Mreža Hrvatskih Žena and the Croatian Women of Influence awards. “Interest in the award has never been greater. The diversity and depth and breadth of accomplishment demonstrated by the nominees is incredibly awe inspiring.

“It was very difficult for the judges to make their selections.  There were some very meaningful and passionate debates leading to the final winner selections.”

Winners were drawn from more than 140 nominations representing 10 countries.  The 2020 class of laureates come from Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Canada, Croatia, Germany and the United States of America. This brings the overall number of award winners to 117 selected from more than 370 nominations.

The Croatian Women of Influence Award recognizes leadership, innovation and community impact of Croatian women and will be conferred to 22 distinguished women from the Republic of Croatia and the vast Croatian diaspora. A companion Future Leaders award will be conferred to one enterprising young woman under the age of 20 who has demonstrated extraordinary talent at an early age. “Supporting the success of young and emerging leaders is an area where we have the most significant opportunity to support future generations of successful women,” said Spivak. 

Caroline Spivak

Awards will be presented at a gala event celebrating International Women’s Day, following the annual conference: Advancing Women, Advancing Economies. Realize the Potential! Women as Changemakers on Friday, March 6, 2020.

CROATIAN WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARD – 2020 WINNERS

FUTURE LEADER AWARD

Isabella Grandić – Canada

CROATIAN WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARD – 2020

1.  Sonja Breljak – Germany – Arts & Culture 
2.  Liliana Canadić – Canada – Leadership & Innovation 
3.  Debbie Ćosić – Canada – Entrepreneurship 
4.  dr. sc. Rozelindra Čož-Raković – Republic of Croatia – Science & Technology 
5.  Ana Ganza – Canada – Arts & Culture 
6.  dr. Suzana Hlatki-Matijević – Republic of Croatia – Leadership & Innovation 
7.  Goranka Horjan – Republic of Croatia – Arts & Culture
8.  Vedrana Jelušić Kašić – Republic of Croatia – Business 
9.  prof. dr. sc. Antoinette Kaić-Rak – Republic of Croatia – Science & Technology 
10. Ankica Karačić – Germany – Arts & Culture 
11. Elizabeta Kera – United States of America – Science & Technology 
12. Silvija Kolar – Republic of Croatia – Leadership & Innovation 
13. Patricia Avila Kuljiš – Bolivia – Arts and Culture 
14. Mirjana Marčinko-Šmit – Republic of Croatia – Entrepreneurship 
15. Viktorija Matin – Republic of Croatia – Philanthropy 
16. Tommi Mischell – United States of America – Arts & Culture 
17. Katarina Pejić – Germany – Arts & Culture 
18. Martina Peranović – Republic of Croatia – Athletics 
19. Marina Aleksandra Rukavina – Republic of Croatia – Leadership & Innovation 
20. Ane Stražičić-Rodriquez – United States of America – Arts & Culture 
21. Lucija Veličan – Austria – Business 
22. Heidi Wohlfahrt Granić – United States of America – Arts & Culture

More about the winners here.

The Croatian Women’s Network™/Mreža Hrvatskih Žena (www.CroatianWomensNetwork.org) is a global forum that celebrates, champions and connects distinguished women of Croatian ancestry from around the world who work together to inspire and support each other. The Croatian Women of Influence and Future Leader Awards honors their achievements.

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