• OPEN Spotlight Award

    In 2019 we are launching the OPEN Spotlight Award at OPEN Conference and sharing the spotlight with organizations that have gone through an inspiring journey in which they worked for diversity and inclusion.


    Our vision

    Our vision is that organizations leverage diversity and inclusion when building their success. We believe openness makes people feel happy and safe at work. These feelings enhance their creativity and ability to innovate, and give organizations a wider lens through which to view today’s challenges, so that they can contribute to a better future for us all.


    In launching OPEN Spotlight Award, our aim is to cultivate an international community of business and experts promoting openness, who inspire each other by sharing stories and knowledge and lead by example to start positive changes on a large scale.


    Make your work shine through the OPEN Spotlight Award if...

    The OPEN Spotlight Award is for organizations that have gone through an inspiring journey in which they worked for diversity and inclusion. It features companies who are willing to talk about these challenges, and how they have mastered them to become a source of inspiration for others.


    Their stories may be about how people were able to start a change; or about how diversity and inclusion positively impacted their core business, or how an open corporate culture helped build a sense of belonging in the organization, and the benefits of this cohesion. Or maybe it is about how a new approach in communications or in advertisement ensured a more real representation of people. The stories will be nominated in the form of case studies.


    Tell your unique story and inspire others

    We are looking for case studies that demonstrate the challenges and impact of building a more open, diverse and inclusive work environment.


    Who is qualified to shine through the OPEN Spotlight Award?

    We encourage businesses, small and large alike, and experts from a wide variety of backgrounds (creative industry, architecture, communications, etc.) to share their stories.

    We accept nominations from Europe. The awards may or may not be divided based on geographic regions.

    The nominated stories shall come from the past two years or from 2019 (2017-2019).


    The impact of sharing your story

    • Leading by example: The collection of the shortlisted nominations will be published as an e-book distributed by WeAreOpen to inspire many other organizations out there.
    • Speaking opportunity: Shortlisted organizations will get an invitation to speak at the OPEN Conference.
    • Receiving the OPEN Spotlight Award: The winners will be announced and will get their Award on the first day of OPEN Conference.
    • Belonging to the OPEN Community: To be able to build their belonging to the community of openness-promoting organizations, for the shortlisted works, we offer two free and additional discounted tickets (35% discount from the Regular Two-Days Ticket price) for OPEN Conference 2019 and two discounted tickets for OPEN Conference 2020.

    OPEN Spotlight Award Categories

    • Engine of Change: stories of people who drove an organization toward greater openness
    • Innovation through Diversity: stories of how a diverse group leveraged their different background as part of innovating
    • Mission Possible: stories about how diversity and inclusion supported the core business of a company
    • Excellence in Belonging: stories of how creating an open corporate culture contributed to the sense of belonging
    • We See You Here: stories of the change that a more realistic representation of people, minorities brought to companies and communities

    Nominations and Review Timeline

    • Nominations close - Extended till Sept 27 (23:59 CET)

    • Shortlist announced - Oct 1

    • Judging sessions - Oct 6

    • Awards ceremony at OPEN Conference - Nov 6

    • The timeline may be subject to change.

    There is no nomination fee.
  • OPEN Spotlight Award Nomination

    You can nominate your company via the form below. We are looking forward to hearing your story!