The nominations in this category will meet the following criteria:
- Nominee is a graduate of the Designing Leadership Program and is still actively employed in creative work (although not necessarily the same organization where the nominee worked while participating in Designing Leadership)
- Nominee attended all five sessions of Designing Leadership during any year of the program
- Nominee has demonstrated the ability to effectively lead, inspire and strengthen a creative organization. Effective leadership will be judged on individual achievement in at least one of four areas–organizational growth, coaching + mentoring, social intelligence, and managing conflict.