Woman from Cleveland becomes Croatian Woman of Influence

On March 8th, 2019 19 women of Croatian Descent were recognized for their career achievements in Zagreb, Croatia.

The Croatian Women of Influence Award recognises leadership, innovation and community impact of women of Croatian ancestry. 19 winners were selected out of 63 nominations representing Australia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Croatia, Switzerland and the United States of America.

This year we are proud to announce that one of our own from Cleveland had the honor receiving this award. Biljana Lovrinovic has won this prestigious award for the category in entrepreneurship representing both Bosnia and Herzegovina and United States of America.

Biljana is an accomplished marketing and branding expert. She is the owner of Equus Group, llc based in Eastlake (suburb of Cleveland) Ohio and owner of Galop Digital d.o.o., a digital solutions company based in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Biljana’s area of focus for the last 15 years has been in the field of marketing and communications. She has international experience working with numerous corporations, startups and small businesses. Biljana graduated in 2005 with BA from Kent State University. She is the recipient of the 40 Under 40 award conferred by the Association of Croatian American Professionals and serves as it’s Cleveland Chapter President. In July 2018 she was recognized by Global Cleveland as one of the North East Ohio International 50 business leaders for their achievements in three areas: innovation, impact and inclusion. Currently she serves as a board member of Lake County Port and Economic Development Authority.

The 2019 award winners were:


Jelena Lara Marinković – Croatia


Danijela Balikić – Croatia – Entrepreneurship
Damjana Domanovac – Croatia – Entrepreneurship
Sanja Drakulić – Croatia – Arts & Culture
Nataša Drvenkar – Croatia – Science & Technology
Jasenka Gajdoš Kljusurić – Croatia – Science & Technology
Viktorija Knežević – Croatia – Leadership & Innovation
Ankica Kovač – Croatia – Leadership & Innovation
Biljana Lovrinović – Bosnia-Hercegovina/United States of America – Entrepreneurship
Ulla Marton – Croatia – Philanthropy
Katica Perinac –  Australia – Leadership & Innovation
Nada Pritisanac Matulich – United States of America –  Philanthropy
Nada Prkačin – Croatia – Arts & Culture
Mirna Šitum – Croatia – Science & Technology
Vanja Slijepčević–Saftić, dr. med. – Croatia – Science & Technology
Hedda Martina–Šola – Croatia – Leadership & Innovation
Ruža Studer Babić –  Switzerland – Leadership & Innovation
Spomenka Tomek–Roksandić, dr. med. – Croatia – Science & Technology
Ana Vidović – United States of America – Arts & Culture

CWN/MHŽ was formed 5 years ago in Toronto and is a global forum that celebrates, champions and connects distinguished women of Croatian ancestry from around the world who work together to inspire and support each other. The Croatian Women of Influence and Future Leader Awards honours their achievements.