The WIS squad is back to present the USL Changemakers Awards 2022! The awards will recognize women and people with other underrepresented gender identities who work for the USL and have improved the soccer industry and USL culture. Look back on the stellar lineup of 2021 Changemakers Awards winners and get thinking about who has made a real impact on the game this year.  

From left USL CHANGEMAKERS 2021: Community Champion Karen Gonzalez (stand-in Jenna Lamb), Captain Desiree Kim, Innovator Chanel Wiese, Visionary Celina Leyva & Rising Star Emma Boyle.

Awards to be won:

All WIS members and USL employees can nominate a USL changemaker. Award winners will be selected based on a populous vote from both the USL ecosystem and the WIS community. In the event of any tie-breakers, the WIS founding team will step in. From fan engagement champions to trailblazing media creators and rising stars, nominate your USL changemaker TODAY!

“We’re delighted to present the second annual USL Changemakers Awards as a way to keep elevating and recognizing underrepresented people who are improving soccer culture for us all. These awards are a brilliant way to showcase the immense effort USL employees put into making its leagues such a success,”  shares Rachel LaSala, WIS cofounder and managing director. “It’s been an exciting year for the USL with huge wins like the launch of the W League, and we can’t wait to celebrate the trailblazers who make it all possible!”

Nominating a changemaker is easy! To nominate someone, fill out this form and tell us in your own words why you think this person deserves an award. That person can also be YOU. Self-nominations are encouraged. Believing in yourself and knowing your worth is a key factor to success and deserves celebrating. 


Nominations for the USL Changemakers Awards open today (December 1) and will remain open until Friday, December 16 COB (5 PM PST). Voting for the USL Changemakers Awards winners will open on Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 9 COB (5 PM PST). The winners of the USL Changemakers Awards will be announced later in January 2023.

We’re excited to celebrate impactful USL employees together! 

The WIS team,