Nominations and Criteria


The Most Influential Women award recognizes women who have enriched the collision repair industry with their leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence. These women have gone beyond the confines of their job description to give back to their companies, their profession and their communities.

Honorees have held positions in every facet of the collision repair industry, as shop owners, body and paint technicians, managers, wholesalers, lobbyists, suppliers, insurance adjusters, consultants, educators, editors and writers, and industry association directors. 


The following criteria will be considered in evaluation of the nominees:

  • Excellence/Success in Recent/Current Professional Role
  • Industry Visibility/Leadership
  • Industry Involvement
  • Community Involvement
  • Awards/Accolades


Nominations must be submitted utilizing the official nomination form. Any female employed in any segment of the collision repair industry in the US or Canada may be nominated. WIN membership is NOT a requirement for nomination and will not impact the selection process. 

2018 Nomination Form coming soon...

Evaluation and Judging

Nominations will be evaluated by an impartial third party with winners recommended to the WIN Board of Directors. Sandra Herron, Founding Principal and Owner of MiddleEdge, Inc., will review each nomination, interview each nominee and evaluate each candidate relative to the above criteria. Her recommendation to the Board will be final.  

The Award

Honorees will be presented at the Most Influential Women Gala held during the WIN Annual Educational Conference. Each MIW being recognized will receive a Tiffany’s crystal award and custom designed commemorative pin. In conjunction with the WIN Scholarship Program, MIW Honorees will participate in a mentoring program for young women making the transition from their education to their career.  

In addition, each recipient’s “Success Profile” will be published in the Gala program and may be excerpted in subsequent media coverage. Honorees will be listed on the WIN website along with the growing number of exemplary women who have been recognized since 1999.

MIW History

The Most Influential Women in the Collision Repair Industry was established in 1999 and has recognized more than 80 women since its inception. The program’s charter has been to recognize women who have enriched the industry with their leadership, vision, and commitment to excellence. The honorees have held positions in every facet of the collision repair industry. The program has recognized women for their professional accomplishments but also for going beyond the requirements of their positions to give back to their communities.

The MIW program transitioned to WIN in June 2013 and will remain under WIN’s stewardship. The first MIWs recognized under WIN’s auspices were recognized at a gala event in conjunction with the 2014 Educational Conference. The Most Influential Women in the collision repair industry will be recognized each year hereafter at this annual flagship event.

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