CWN Congratulates the 2020 Croatian Women of Influence Award Winners

5th Annual Award recognizes 23 leaders from seven countries

Toronto, ON, Canada & Zagreb, Republic Croatia, October 29, 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.

A complete list of the 2020 winners can be found at

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. 

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

The Croatian Women’s Network™/Mreža Hrvatskih Žena ( 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.

Media Contacts: 

Ivana Perkovac
Profile Communications Corp.
+385 (92) 1660-630

Caroline Spivak
Founder, Croatian Women’s Network™/Mreža Hrvatskih Žena
+1 (416) 371-9740

Published on October 29, 2019