Proving Bold Ethics Yield Big Results: Elaine Mak Named Female Thought Leader of the Year Finalist In 20th Annual Stevie® Awards For Women in Business

Elaine Mak of Valimail is proving that bold ethics yield big results. She was named Female Thought Leader of the Year Finalist in 20th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
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Elaine Mak was named Finalist in the Female Thought Leader of the Year category in the 20th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business.

Hailed as the world’s premier business awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run – worldwide. 

“What is particularly special about this acknowledgment is the recognition that our stand-out results were built upon more than just hard work or even teamwork, but driven by true thought leadership in the way we approached business transformation. I share this honor with all of the people who partnered with me as we bravely embraced the From Perks to Performance™ methodology over an ambitious two-year period.

Our efforts to design and operate our business through a values-driven strategy have paid off in every way. From the innovation of our products to advancements in our business policy, process, and structure, Valimail has demonstrated that businesses driven by ethics are built to excel in any economic climate.”

Elaine Mak, Chief People and Performance Officer at Valimail

More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 100 categories, including:

  • Executive of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Company of the Year
  • Startup of the Year

Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 200 business professionals around the world, working on six juries.

Their scores will also determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award placements that will be revealed at the 20th annual awards dinner and presentations during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 10. The event will be broadcast on livestream.

“In its 20th year, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business received an impressive collection of remarkable nominations. We look forward to celebrating our 20 years of recognizing the outstanding achievements of women in the workplace in New York on November 10th.”

Maggie Miller, president of the Stevie Awards

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

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