Winning a Stevie Award. What are We Really Celebrating Anyway?

Stacey Ashley
2 min readNov 17, 2023

This week I have been in New York attending the 20th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The Stevie® Awards for Women in Business are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and the organisations they run. It is like the Academy Awards for business.

I am so delighted to share my results from the Stevie Awards:

I am celebrating. I am enjoying the moment. I am making the most of it. I am basking in the warmth of knowing that I earned these awards. And yes, I am telling the world, because not only are these awards an endorsement of the work that I do, not only are they recognition of being among the best in a world-class group of peers, they are so much more.

Most overnight successes take more than overnight.

For me, these Stevie Awards are so much more than a quick win. They are also a recognition and acknowledgement of:

➤ hard work

➤ focused effort

➤ clarity of purpose

➤ vision for the future

➤ strategic thinking

➤ highs

➤ lows

➤ long hours

➤ burning the candle at both ends

➤ consistency

➤ persistence

➤ insistence

➤ perseverance

➤ fails

➤ wins

➤ lessons

➤ progress

➤ obstacles

➤ challenges

➤ stumbling blocks

➤ naysayers

➤ falls

➤ brick walls

➤ collaboration

➤ innovation

➤ learning

➤ commitment

➤ dedication

➤ determination

➤ tenacity

➤ resilience

➤ contribution

➤ impact

➤ influence

➤ decision-making

➤ courage

➤ action taking

➤ follow through

➤ wrong turns

➤ disappointments

➤ sustained effort

➤ staying the course

➤ colleagues

➤ friends

➤ clients

➤ coaches

➤ mentors

➤ teamwork

➤ stretch

➤ growth mindset

➤ opportunity

➤ trial and error

➤ mistakes

➤ slow progress

➤ acceleration

➤ leaps and bounds

➤ twists and turns, fun, excitement

➤ faith

➤ empowerment

➤ credibility

➤ authority

➤ mastery

➤ being global

➤ endorsement

➤ validation

➤ confirmation

➤ importance

➤ possibility

➤ the future

➤ making a difference

➤ legacy

➤ helping others

➤ leadership

➤ creating the future

People ask me what does winning a Stevie Award mean?

So very much more than standing on a stage and receiving applause.

Have you ever achieved a significant milestone and wanted to acknowledge it to yourself, to recognise yourself, to take a moment to soak it all in, because it has been so much more than just that moment in time?

I’d love to know your thoughts.



Stacey Ashley

Dr Stacey Ashley is a Leadership Visionary. She typically speaks at conferences, develops leadership strategy and programs, consults and coaches.