Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Winning categories include activism, live events, social issues, and online series/shows/segments in the 44th Annual Telly Awards


Washington, D.C. — Today, Vital Voices Global Partnership announced that it has been named a winner in the 44th Annual Telly Awards – the world’s largest honor for video and television across all screens – for its 21st Annual Global Leadership Awards, which were streamed live online to a worldwide audience last fall. This signature Vital Voices event garnered four awards, including the fan favorite “People’s Telly,” which was chosen by a public vote. The winning categories were activism, live events, social issues, and online series/shows/segments. For the People’s Telly, Vital Voices was among a diversified, solid roster of creative and production talent from Netflix and MTV Entertainment Studios to Paramount Brand Studio and Sesame Workshop.

“For the past 25 years, Vital Voices has had the privilege to partner with and support more than 20,000 women leaders across 185 countries who are taking on some of the world’s greatest challenges. Our 2022 Global Leadership Awards celebrated and spotlighted the unwavering commitment of five of these trailblazers — from Iran to Ukraine, Brazil to South Africa, and right here in the United States,” said Vital Voices Co-founder, President & CEO Alyse Nelson. “All of us at Vital Voices are humbled to receive this recognition, but the praise sits squarely with our honorees who get up every day challenging the status quo, defying norms, and disrupting systems. They know that power’s highest purpose is collective progress.”

The Global Leadership Awards celebrate women who lead with vision, empathy, inclusion, and a driving purpose — to improve their communities and the world around them. Honorees are at the forefront of a global movement, building momentum as we charge boldly toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable future.

The Telly Awards’ 44th annual edition – “Break through the static” – boasted nearly 13,000 entries from across the globe, the most in a decade, with submissions flowing in from the US, Middle East, UK and Canada, as well as strong entries from Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and as widespread as Afghanistan, Sweden, New Zealand, Jamaica, and South Africa.

“The caliber of the work this season truly has reflected the theme of breaking out and standing out,” said The Telly Awards Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues, and companies big and small are turning to more sustainable practices to break the cycle of past production processes.”

Founded in 1979 to originally honor commercials made for cable and local TV, The Telly Awards has continually refreshed its categories to honor the evolving, broad range of work being made today – work that reflects the trends, issues, and topical matters of each year. This season, the Tellys unveiled categories to better recognize work across Pro Bono and CSR, video journalism, and those pushing boundaries across virtual production.


Media Contact: 
Markette Sheppard, 310-853-3408,

About Vital Voices Global Partnership:
For more than 25 years, Vital Voices Global Partnership has been investing in women leaders solving the world’s greatest challenges. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying those with a bold vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality. We scale and accelerate their impact through long-term investments to expand the skills, connections, capacity, and visibility of women leaders.

Vital Voices provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, U.S. Youth Poet Laureates, prime ministers and breakthrough social entrepreneurs. Since its founding in 1997, Vital Voices has directly supported more than 20,000 women change makers across 185 countries and built the most powerful global network of women leaders who are daring to reimagine a more equitable world for all.

Find Vital Voices Online:

About The Telly Awards:
The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council — an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multi-screen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include NAB, SeriesFest, Stash Media and Production Hub. View the 44th Annual Telly Awards Winners Reel: