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The SIIA IMPACT Awards is a new awards program that acknowledges leadership in the publishing industry, specifically championing Emerging Talent and Equity.

These awards are a part of SIIA’s continuing commitment to help our members achieve better outcomes in diversity, equity and inclusion and spotlight and develop outstanding young professionals across the publishing industry.


Emerging Talent recognizes those aged 35 and under who have 3+ years of service to the industry and have demonstrated outstanding success and leadership potential.


Equity Awards recognize individuals and teams demonstrating significant progress and identifiable achievement toward efforts related to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.


June 23 - September 7, 2022

Do you know someone whose work has made an IMPACT?SIIA’s Associations, Magazine and Publishing division (AM&P Network) has long supported the publishing community—convening events, networking, continuing education and opportunities for professionals across the industry to grow in their careers. Leading the industry again, SIIA is proud tolaunch the IMPACT Awards, celebrating excellence among rising talent and dedication in DEI advancement.

Click here to submit your IMPACT Award nomination. The IMPACT Awards are open to SIIA members and non-members, and self-nominations are welcome.


September 12-28, 2022

The SIIA Awards committee seeks experienced professionals in DEI, membership, human resources, publishing and communications to serve as judges for the inaugural SIIA IMPACT Awards.

IMPACT Award judging will take place virtually (and at the judges’ own pace) from September 12-26.Judges will then convene for a 2-hour, live, digital roundtable discussion on September 28 to determine the final award winners.Entries will be evaluated with set criteria.

IMPACT Award nominees are redefining the industry standards. Take this opportunity to give back and help spotlight industry leaders. As an IMPACT Award judge, you will gain behind-the scenes-exposure to the standout achievements of emerging talent, as well as an insider’s view of game-changing work being done to champion DEI.IMPACT Award nominees are redefining the industry standards.

No previous judging experience is required.SIIA members and non-members are invited to volunteer to judge.

Sign up as an inaugural IMPACT Award judge here.

Please direct any questions to Amanda McMaster.


Nov 15 - Awards Ceremony

After a complete evaluation of submissions, winners will be announced on November 15 at a live event in Washington, DC. (Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.) Live tweeting and chat will add excitement as the winners are announced. Each winner will receive a social media toolkit including SIIA IMPACT winner badge to use. In addition, the class of winners will become a part of the founding community of IMPACT honorees, a prestigious network that will help shape and drive positive change for the industry.

Click here to nominate a rising star, a standout team, (or yourself!) for an IMPACT Award today!

Learn more about SIIA's ongoing efforts to promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

These awards are a part of SIIA’s continuing commitment to help our members achieve better outcomes in diversity, equity and inclusion by spotlighting and developing outstanding young professionals across the publishing industry. 

Interested in learning more about IMPACT and SIIA's commitment to DEI? Watch this recent " lunch & learn" focused on introducing the award program.

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Emerging Leader criteria

Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in the publishing industry or in content creation.
Nominee is 35 years of age or younger on January 1, 2023.

Self-nominations are welcome!

The application includes a series of short-answer questions to illustrate the candidate’s transformative contributions and detail about specific projects and results. Supporting documents are required: resume, bio, (2) letters of recommendation.

Equity Award criteria

Applicants should be able to demonstrate their clear impact on their organizations and the industry in the following areas:
  • Knowledge development: Print and digital communications focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and discussions.
  • Organizational policy: Efforts to make sustainable change or advance DEI commitments or goals.  Can be for either internal or external initiatives.
  • Nominated project could be sustained for years to come (e.g., strengthening a pipeline to diversify membership (as applicable) or volunteer structure; policy change to support DEI; funding or resources established to support continued efforts.)
There are several subcategories within the Equity Award platform:
  • Individual Contribution
  • Outstanding Employee Resource Group (ERG)
  • Team Award (organization with less than 50 employees)
  • Team Award (organization with 51-99 employees)
  • Team Award (organization with 100-149 employees)
  • Team Award (organization with 150+ employees)

The application includes several short-answer questions that describe actions taken to elevate equity within a community, supported by meaningful and measurable results.  Nominees have the option of uploading additional PDF documentation to support their nomination.

Nominated projects/initiatives or ERG accomplishments should have occurred– or in case of ongoing efforts, begun– between April 1, 2021 and June 1, 2022.