Annual Coalesce Awards

Coalesce Awards

The Coalesce Awards is the 6th annual awards ceremony honoring outstanding women in the marketing, communications and advertising industries. At this "After 5" affair, guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, formal dinner and networking. 

This event is particularly special to us, as women have been instrumental in shaping the marketplace and championing diversity within the industry. Showcasing thought leadership, impactful business results and community activism, the honorees have excelled in and outside of the workplace by pushing boundaries, inspiring others and, most notably, continuing to pave the way for all women and industry professionals. Your nomination will help us honor these special women.


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The Award Categories

Each category below will honor one Emerging Leader and one Trailblazer.

  • Emerging Leaders are individuals budding in their impact. They are newer to their career, and still have the opportunity to expand and grow in their efforts.

  • Trailblazers are typically more seasoned in their careers and their impact is more established and felt across many individuals.


Creative Catalyst

Honors women who work to accurately portray our multi-faceted culture in the media. They identify and provide solutions in the creative landscape to depict an evolving world.

Diversity Advocate

Honors women who champion diversity both within and outside of the workplace. Their goal of encouraging diversity of thought enriches the industry, allowing for a more inclusive working environment.



Champion of Growth

Honors women who are "the People’s Champ” of their organization or network. Their goal of initiating change through the personal and professional development of others positively impacts their work, their organizations and all those around them.


Industry Program of the Year*

Honors a groundbreaking program that serves the advertising, marketing and communications community in a lasting and meaningful way, providing exceptional educational and industry content for personal and professional development.


Ally of the Year*

Honors a special supporter of diverse programming, initiatives, ideas and people. Their goal includes improving the status quo by advocating for and supporting a more inclusive environment.


*This category does not feature an Emerging Leader and Trailblazer, rather honors one exceptional program/professional.



Coalesce Mixers


Mixers are the perfect opportunity for our members to meet and mingle. These after work happy hours are designed to connect professionals within the broader communications industries.

The Coalesce Mixer series strives to create meaningful connections by providing a space for professionals to mix, mingle, and most importantly, expand their professional network. Partners have the opportunity to implement activities, have one-on-one engagements with attendees and address attendees about company news,  announcements, and any hiring initiatives. 




Coalesce C-Suite


Coalesce's mentorship program, Coalesce C-Suite, is a comprehensive program that provides young professionals a competitive advantage with industry access, education, training, community, mentorship and recognition upon successful completion.

The C-Suite helps aspirant professionals hone their talent and professional skills by providing them exposure to industry companies and professionals. We also partner with top agencies and notable industry professionals in Chicago to cultivate our diverse group of mentees.

Through professional development, networking and team building events, Coalesce C-Suite provides and facilitates opportunities and support to build and maintain long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships.



Brand University


Brand U is a day-long learning workshop where entry to mid-level professionals learn how to navigate the interviewing process and the workplace.

Along with receiving valuable knowledge about interviewing techniques, attendees also receive resume tips, professional head shots, and advice about social media presence.