Judging of entries will be conducted in two phases: preliminary and final. Preliminary judging will be conducted in September-October 2013. Preliminary judges will be recruited worldwide, will volunteer to judge on the Stevie Awards for Women in Business web site, and if accepted will be assigned categories by Stevie Awards staff, based on their industry, function, and experience.
During preliminary judging, each entry will be reviewed and rated by no fewer than five (5) volunteer judges who have been approved as qualified (by Stevie Awards staff) to judge those entries. All entries will be viewed and rated at the judges' convenience over the Internet. Rating will be done on a scale of 1-10.
All entries that receive an average score of at least 7.0 in the preliminary round of judging, regardless of category, will automatically be designated as Finalists, and will ultimately be recognized as a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner.
Stevie Award placements will be determined in final judging. In late October 2013, members of several specialized committees will conduct the final judging.
More than 250 executives worldwide will participate in the judging process this year.
The veracity of claims made in Finalist entries may be audited. Any entry found to contain false or misleading information will be disqualified. Gold Stevie-winning nominations will be published on the Stevie Awards for Women in Business web site.